Running Ronin

Time Square Dusk - Not Union

Hi and thanks for visiting my gallery page! These photos are from my travels (I travel a lot for work) - if you want to learn more about how I take these shots and who I learn from, visit http://www.runningronin.com.  Post production with TOPAZ ADJUST.

Let's be clear, it was freezing in NY when I took this photo in November. My fingers would get numb on the remote of my Nikon D90 and my jeans seemed to be woven from ice. That said, it was all very magical... and I'm not talking about the speed with which my fingers were going white, but the speed of the city. Nothing stands still in NY, sometimes not even the buildings... and Time Square is a perfect example of such energy.
Oddly I was  confused... and just decided to call it Union Square (LOL).. sort of sad/dumb.:)


Reminds me a lot of Shibuya Square in Japan, if not only that in NY you always run the risk of being hit by some Taxi.

Shibuya Square, from under the bridge between the station and the Hotel Excel Tokyu. I always really loved when the Qfront tree showed on the building, so I waited for it to come back up :)  Hi and thanks for visiting my gallery page! These photos are from my travels (I travel a lot for work) - if you want to learn more about how I take these shots and who I learn from, visit http://www.runningronin.com. edit



See the similarities? :)

For those interested in how I took the photo far above, the photo was taken in HDR. The original shots are below.

-2 Exposure

0 Exposure

+2 Exposure

The photo was then processed into high dynamic range (aka HDR) via Photomatix Pro, and obtained the following.


As you might have noticed I then cropped the image to get rid of the car to the left and the ladies to the right. This was unfortunate, as I had to get rid of some of the cool Times Square signage you can see on the left.


I really wanted to keep some of that signage I had circled on the left, but then again, I managed to save quite enough of it. I also really wanted to keep the lady hailing the cab. Can and hailing for me are a key New York vibe item :) Incredible how seeing a photo before the cropping makes you cringe at the loss of all that "information," but when you dont know it was there, it really doesnt bother.

After all the cropping, I enhanced a bit details in Topaz, and denoised the photo. The final product is what you saw far above.

Have you ever been to NY? How would you have cut the image - if you would have cut it at all?

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