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Grand Central Station. NYC

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Alanroseman, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Here are two of the main hall way entrance to Grand Central Station in New York City.

    These are hand held, very low light unfortunately. Therefore a little noisy at ISO 1600

    G1 / 14-45 / ISO 1600 / 50sec



    Grand_Central_Hall_Left.



    Grand_Central_Hall_Right.
     
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  2. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Great shots Alan, love the perspective. Noticed you changed your image profile; where did you go diving?
     
  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Penfan,

    I used to do a lot of diving around the New England coast, Florida etc.

    Really though, I changed my Avatar to increase my gravitas for future posts... plus Gary Ayala looked so cool with that gas mask.....:wink:
     
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  4. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Yes, the gas mask is always a good look. :rofl:

    Nice images. I like the color temperature change with the skylights. The blues and oranges are really a nice contrast.
     
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  5. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    I really like the photos!

    However, if it were up to me, I'd throw in a little noise reduction. I never use my G1 above 800 ISO because I'm not fond of the noise levels at 1600. However I've found that LR3's NR works really well on architectural shots like those.

    Here's a couple of my favorite NY shots, both low light with G1, with a touch of NR.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachpierce/3879998463/" title="Washington Square Park, New York City by zach.pierce, on Flickr">"480" height="640" alt="Washington Square Park, New York City" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachpierce/5216951096/" title="P1060822.jpg by zach.pierce, on Flickr">"640" height="480" alt="P1060822.jpg" /></a>
     
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  6. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Awesome shots guys. Here's my contribution of Grand Central Station images from my recent trip to NYC. :smile:

    This photo was taken outside of Grand Central Station (I think) with a hand-held EP-1 using the Oly 9-18mm zoom. The ISO was set at 1600 and exposure was 1/13 sec at f/5.6.

    NYC_Grand_Central.


    This next photo was taken inside Grand Central Station with a hand-held EP-1 using the Oly 9-18mm zoom. The ISO was set at 1600 and exposure was 1/20 sec at f/5.6.


    NYC_Grand_Central-2.


    The final photo was taken inside Grand Central Station with an EP-1 using the Oly 9-18mm zoom. The ISO was set at 200 and the exposure was 10.0 sec at f/18. I put the camera on the ledge of a staircase and using the timer to trigger the shutter so as to minimize vibration.


    NYC_Grand_Central-3.
     
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  7. akulya

    akulya Mu-43 Veteran

    249
    Jun 21, 2010
    Great pics everybosy, a very photogenic location, thanks for starting the thread Alan.

    Walt, That 10s f18 shot is amazing in so many ways, Bravo.
     
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  8. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    538
    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Taken last year

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KV6vD_l6AZxH3a0YyFnZ2w?feat=embedwebsite">https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_8rsKLcUXdBs/TR84EEeS4PI/AAAAAAAADOk/iMv3qWp_a90/s640/P1060444.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/StephenAGeis/NewYork?feat=embedwebsite">New York</a></td></tr></table>

    Standing inside Central Cafe, facing Grand Central Station

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7Xp4uIeB1YE2nxz9vv1UjQ?feat=embedwebsite">[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_8rsKLcUXdBs/TGbqGnN2ZZI/AAAAAAAACGA/M0sTRFeWZ5k/s640/P1060408.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/StephenAGeis/NewYork?feat=embedwebsite">New York</a></td></tr></table>

    And another from inside Central Cafe with the station in the background

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FcYit0cNJq-MpbuW8yDOAw?feat=embedwebsite">[img]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_8rsKLcUXdBs/TGbqECuddSI/AAAAAAAACF8/GKRQ7U-Oqyk/s640/P1060407.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/StephenAGeis/NewYork?feat=embedwebsite">New York</a></td></tr></table>
     
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Some great shots - particularly like the indoor time exposures with all of the ghosts of people passed (recently!). Here are a couple, one from outside, one inside, both LX-5. The indoor shot could have been anywhere, but it was, in fact, Grand Central...

    -Ray

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5113628737/" title="Grand Central by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="585" alt="Grand Central" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5158405866/" title="Grand Central by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="585" alt="Grand Central" /></a>
     
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  10. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Zach, Ray, Walt, Stephen...

    Thanks.

    I wish I would have thought to plunk the G1 down on the railing.... great idea.

    I messed around some with noise reduction in aperture, and decided I sort of like the look okay.

    At any rate, ISO 800 created too slow a shutter speed for hand holding with the kit lens... I got to 1600 when I realized I needed it for 50th of a second.

    Good reason to buy the 14 prime?
     
  11. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Zach, that second shot is awesome. Almost looks HDR'ish... is it?
     
  12. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Grand Central. Main Concourse

    Hi Guys,

    Here's my Main Concourse shot. Again, hand held 50th sec. ISO 1600.

    G1 / 14-45. 50th / ISO 1600



    Grand_Central_Concourse.
     
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  13. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    Thansk! It is not HDR, straight G1 shot with the kit lens. This is before I owned any other lenses, and before I really new what I was doing, so that makes it all that much more fortunate :) I did reprocess it about a year after I took it when I had a better idea of what I was doing in Lightroom, that's when I added the NR.

    The shutter was f3.5, 14mm, ISO800, 1/6s handheld (IS is a blessing)

    It's not super obvious at this size, but if you click through to the larger size, you can see the original was pretty noisy.

    Here is before the NR:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachpierce/3896289975/" title="P1060822 by zach.pierce, on Flickr">"640" height="480" alt="P1060822" /></a>

    And the after again:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachpierce/5216951096/" title="P1060822.jpg by zach.pierce, on Flickr">"640" height="480" alt="P1060822.jpg" /></a>
     
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  14. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    I love this shot! I never would have thought to do a long exposure in a lit area like that, what a great idea, I'm definitely going to try that :) I love that the guys in the middle stood so still, that really makes the shot.
     
  15. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I used that technique at the Red Bull Illume event on Houston. My wife was like WTH are you doing, wont all those people ruin the shot? Then I showed her the image with all the people removed and she said cool!

    I think the only lenses we're missing are the obvious ones - the 9-18 and 7-14 ... Anyone got some UWA shots of Grand Central Terminal?
     
  16. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I normally like to use a tripod for indoor/low light shots, but I didn't feel like lugging one around the snowy streets of New York. Quite often I'll improvise and use ledges, handrails, garbage cans, mailboxes, cars, curbs, whatever's handy to get a steady shot. For some reason, I get lots of looks from passers by - even in New York! :rofl:
     
  17. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    Yeah, I lucked out with those two guys because they really draw one's eye into the picture. The "ghosts" moving around them create a neat effect, which I have to admit surprised me because I had no idea that would happen when I was taking the shot. I'm not even sure why I decided to try a shutter speed that long...

    By the way, those fellows stayed in that position for the next shot, which was 13 seconds long at f/22. The photo turned out almost as good, except that there were a few more people who stayed still long enough to register.
     
  18. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    I used the Oly 9-18mm for my three shots. The first two were taken at 18mm and the third was taken at 9mm.
     
  19. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    A Favorite

    I posted this in Street as a B&W. But I like it best as a color shot.

    Pooped NYC tourist in Grand Central


    Worn_Out.
     
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  20. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    It's neat to see that some of us took some very similarly themed shots..boy I love NYC! :) Earlier was a post asking about using a UWA on grand central, I had my 9-18mm that lived on the cameras all trip.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/5268162478/" title="PC153073.jpg by one.mic, on Flickr">"1024" height="768" alt="PC153073.jpg" /></a>


    PC122644.jpg by one.mic, on Flickr

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/5267559709/" title="PC122665.jpg by one.mic, on Flickr">"500" height="375" alt="PC122665.jpg" /></a>
     
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