I sent a copy of my zine of New York City photographs to fellow blogger Jim Grey recently and he pointed out that one of the images contained within – of a car dressed to look like a cheeseburger – depicted an AMC Pacer. Apparently this is quite a rare car (and no doubt rarer still to be found garbed as this one is!). I know little of cars, and even less so where American cars are concerned, so thanks for the info Jim!
As I have another photo of the same car that isn’t in my zine, I thought I’d post it here today.
As I still haven’t written my camera review post yet (although I do have a cheesy title for it!) I thought I’d dip into the archives and pull out a photo that never got published before. This one was taken last May when I travelled to New York City with my wife and our two youngest boys.
I’ve been looking back through these pictures – taken when the Covid-19 pandemic would have likely seemed an impossibility to most people but, yet, a year later and look how the world changed! – because I’m taking part in a zine swap with some folks from a forum I’m a member of. I’ve never made a zine before and time was ticking on, so I decided to choose a bunch of street-shots for my first publication. I have everything set up and now just need to finalise a few bits beore clicking the button to get them printed. I’m probably going to end up with far more than I need for the zine swap, so might have some to swap with others too.
While zoomed-in, spotting the photo for dust before uploading it, it was fun to notice a guy stood atop the scaffolding at the lower left of the shot. Photos are so often full of little details such as this. Unspotted at the time of making the picture, and even overlooked on initial viewing, but there waiting to be found when you spend the time.
At the eastern end of the Occulus transport hub / shopping mall atrium at the World Trade Center hangs this large US flag. At first I wondered if it was back to front, but on looking it up I learned that this is the correct way for it to be hung in a vertical orientation. My knowledge of the world has expanded a little.
I took many photos in the Occulus, both on film and digital, and it’s a very photogenic place. It is also surprisingly difficult to get pleasing photos of people in the atrium as it’s tricky to get the composition and placement of individuals just how you want them before someone walks in or out of the frame, breaking the harmony of the shot.
This was taken in 51st Street subway station in Manhattan. We had a visit to the WTC memorial planned for the day and the subway was the most convenient way to get there. I did take a number of photos while we travelled on the subway during our trip, but most were on digital.
After our visit to the WTC Memorial, we caught the subway back to midtown and got off the train at Grand Central Terminal. After grabbing a few snacks from the food court on the lower level, we decided head back to the hotel.
Upon approaching the exit we noticed people entering the building with umbrellas, or with significant signs of being caught in the rain, and upon exiting found that it was absolutely tipping it down.
While we waited for the rain to ease off, we sheltered under the road bridge outside the south entrance, and I took a few photographs, including this one.
I know many photographers who complain when it rains, but for me it’s always a treat to be able to get photographs in this sort of weather. The way the floor suddenly becomes a diffuse mirror for light and clolour, and the way people behave and take shelter makes for very interesing photos in my opinion. There’s obviously some work to be done to ensure you and your camera are not soaked, but the effort is definitely worth it, don’t you think?
On the Saturday of Memorial weekend there was a lot of activity around Rockefeller Plaza as people set things up for the events that would be taking place. Here a couple of guys stand outside Radio City Music Hall while trucks are unloaded.
I’m not 100% sure where this building is – I think it’s in lower Manhattan and that I took the shot as we walked up Broadway after disembarking from the boat from Liberty Island. I took quite a few shots of tall buildings with blue skies and have to note how much the Z135 vignettes. I’d not noticed it too much with my black and white HP5+ shots from the same camera, but it’s quite noticable on the colour images. I don’t really mind it that much, but it’s something to bear in mind I suppose.
Ah, the good old tongue-twister. “Red lorry, yellow lorry” is one that I have problems with, I can barely say it a handful of times before it becomes gabled noise. “She sells sea shells on the sea shore” on the other hand, is a breeze.
Anyway, today’s post features a couple of the aforementioned trucks, both of which were parked outside Radio City Music Hall on the first day of the Memorial Weekend.
I’m really happy with the vivid red of the Coke truck.