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The Grand Central

May 13th, 2010

A classic photo of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF-S 10-22 wide angle zoom lens. A 3-exposure HDR shot at 10 mm, f/8.0.

+40° 45' 10.84", -73° 58' 37.83"

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Posted By: lerch84
about 13 years, 9 months ago
This is nice. People unfortunately is a bit distracting, but this is a consequence of 3 exposures. Anyway I like it as a wallpaper!
Posted By: Thomatis
about 13 years, 9 months ago
No No No, people moving during the multiple exposures really spoils this image, otherwise, very nicely composed.
Posted By: PatrickBateman
about 13 years, 9 months ago
While this is certainly a very nice shot, you could have easily solved the problem with ghosting by processing a single RAW image instead of three JPGs transformed into one HDR image.

In order to get rid of the people without screaming "Allahu Akbar" you should use a ND16 oder better two ND16 filters, set aperture to the highest value and put your camera to "bulb" mode. Then, use a remote to take the shot. Exposure should be at least 2-3min.
Posted By: n3lly
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I haven't commented in many months but i like the people moving. I don't know the exact figure of passengers that walk through this building every day but IMO i wouldn't want everyone to be standing still in this shot. It's suppose to be busy. I think you captured that really well in this shot.

Symmetry seems to be slightly off if you use the pillars on the left and right as guides but i'm only being picky. Nice shot.
Posted By: SingExpat
about 13 years, 9 months ago
This image is definitely not spoiled. With people moving or with people frozen in their tracks, Grand Central is one of my favorite places on the planet and this photo does it much justice. It's going on my desktop right now.
Posted By: Salem
about 13 years, 9 months ago
You can remove the ghosting with CS5
Posted By: Philippe Clairo
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I also like this photo, because of the colours and contrast. For me the people don't spoil it that much, but it could have been maybe a little bit nicer with them blurred. You should try a long exposure like Patrick above suggests, and also, do some reading about chromatic aberration. It might not be an issue at a smaller size, but when your shots end up on a 27" monitor, it is very visible!
In all, congrats, and I like the urban scene, a nice change compared to the usual wilderness!
Posted By: stubulman
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Beautiful shot. Could you move a little bit to the left please?
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 13 years, 9 months ago
No, no, no. This is wild. I grew up in Manhattan, and this is exactly the way that GCT should look. The people whizz by and they leave pretty much as soon as they enter. This is and incredible effect, and if it was done intentionally, leaves my jaw on the floor.

This is the epitome of a "capture." This is still life, NYC-style - there is no such as "still" life.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Sorry, one more. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite IFL pieces of all time. Congratulations on a spectacular image.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 13 years, 9 months ago
multiple faults with this picture not up to the high standard i'd expect on this site!
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: bmndibbd
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Are those the ghosts of all the travelers who died on trains in the past?
Posted By: SmithNL
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Tried the same last week, but your colours and sharpness beats my 450D + 15-85. Great shot!
Posted By: Lowe Rehnberg
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Yes, firefly.serenity & n3lly definitely get the point. I wanted the odd effect on the people, it catches the Grand Central busy atmosphere. However, the ND-filter tip was useful.
Posted By: dohlfhauldhagen
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I love the ghosts from the 3 exposures. Keep up the good work.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 13 years, 9 months ago
What some people don't get is that IFL is a wallpaper website, not a photography website. There is always someone who points out "errors" in submissions as if to suggest that only perfect, ultra-realistic photographs are the only thing that should make it to the top. Now, I have only been here for a few years, but there have been plenty of submissions that were not photographs at all, and those have garnered community-based critical acclaim.

Let's look at IFL as it should be - a great website offering some of the best computer wallpapers that exist on the Internet - but not a "capture-real-life-as-best-you-can" website. This submission is very artistic, and pretty much the *exclusive* reason that I like it so much is because it is different from reality. IMO, it is a near-perfect capture of life at Grand Central Terminal.

Just because this is different than what you can see with your eyes in real life does not make it "wrong" or as having "multiple faults."

Almost every submission I have ever seen on IFL has been doctored, cleaned up or otherwise digitally altered in some way. This alteration, by definition, makes the pieces "art." We should critique them as such.
Posted By: SingExpat
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I agree with firefly.serenity.

I would add that some people won't be satisfied until every submission here is a hyper-realistic take on rocks in the ocean in front of a sunset-- or the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Give me a break.
Posted By: WizardFusion
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I actually like the image, the people are a little distracting, but I do like the effect.

The only thing I don't like about this image, and all images of this station, is the sodding great big flag spoiling the architecture.
Posted By: Mercyflush64
about 13 years, 9 months ago
This looks a lot like a black and white submission from a long time ago. Must have been taken from a similar position in the station. Nice to see it in color.
Posted By: mjball
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Posted By: knaim2
about 13 years, 9 months ago
way too busy for me.
Posted By: RussJones
about 13 years, 9 months ago
I have to weigh in on the side of the "I like the people in the shot" folks. That's one of the busiest rooms on the planet, it's literally never empty, and I think this picture captures it.

I also like that it's in color. I've seen a many different versions of this same basic shot, some dating back to the earliest days of Grand Central, and they're almost always in black and white, or sepia, or the color's very muted. But the color here just adds to the vitality.

Thanks, lrehnberg, for a very satisfying shot!

Posted By: Woofa
about 13 years, 8 months ago
The notion of shooting an empty GCS is ridiculous, why remove people from a shot when that is what GCS is about. Also showing them completely still doesn't convey the idea that nobody hangs around in there for the most part, they are quickly moving through. The way the people look in this shows the activity. firefly.serenity is exactly right. onis_uk there is no such thing as an error when your intent is the outcome.
Posted By: dirtyvu
about 13 years ago
great color and sharpness. the hdr is not overdone.

you can easily fix the ghosting problem due to multiple exposures in photoshop. put the hdr image on top, create a layer mask, and peel off the ghost to reveal the clean underneath image. it won't affect the image and if you're careful about it, no one will ever know.

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