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vvcarpio May 18, 2011 3:36 PM

New York City, Rain or Shine
It's been raining in New York City and nothing but rain is forecast for till the end of the week so it's indoor shooting for me. These are from the New York Public Library, re-christened the Stephen A. Schwarzman Builging, on Fifth Avenue.

#1) Stairwell lamp and ceiling.

#2) Bill Blass Public Catalog Room.

#3) Clock at Main Reading Room.

Fortunately, however, I went to Central Park last week, took these pictures, and saved processing for a rainy day.




Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.

DyaneG May 18, 2011 4:01 PM

Another well cool series from you. 3 is my fave with 4 and 5 up there as well.

lisalonewolf May 18, 2011 5:55 PM

Wonderful shots, great color.

vvcarpio May 19, 2011 7:04 AM

Thank you, DyaneG, lisalonewolf.

I added 6 more -- 3 indoor (NYPL) and 3 outdoor (Central Park).







tikamidnight May 19, 2011 10:37 AM

All are great shots! Number 1 from the first series and Number 7 from the second are my two favorite captures.

Walter_S May 19, 2011 11:03 AM

Another fine series from NY!
Very nice and really interesting to see. Lots of details and some really beautiful scenes.

1 and 2 for the special light, plus 9 for perspective, being my favorites.

In picture # 11 the "grunch-look" of the HDR does not - IMHO - enhance the picture very much. I find all the millions of details too much to look at and stressful for my eyes.

Best regrads,

vvcarpio May 19, 2011 3:10 PM

Thank you, tikamidnight, Walter.





spy May 20, 2011 5:57 AM

What an amazing library. Nothing like that here in Calgary. Was there no issue taking photos inside the study area with the people present? Were these handheld?

vvcarpio May 20, 2011 10:11 AM

There is no issue at all regarding photography inside the library. The only restrictions are tripods and flash. The whole place is a tourist attraction at the same time.

You can take pictures inside the quietest and most elegant-looking rooms, too (besides the main reading room that I keep posting here) as long as -- and this is perhaps the clincher -- you donít disturb the patrons. The rooms are small so chances are you will be standing beside someone when you take pictures. The best time to go for photography inside the smaller rooms would be at opening time, 10am I think, when no one is around yet.

Still, people don't generally seem to mind having their pictures taken. There are tourists and photography enthusiasts everywhere. It's also almost like they want to be seen in this place.

I'm sure if you went there you'd find lots of pics to take. I still have to develop an eye for spotting mundane stuff that when framed properly gives it more meaning.

#17) I took this photo in front of security who is at lower left.



vvcarpio May 20, 2011 10:14 AM

I forgot to say, yes, the library pics are all handheld and not HDR. Many are taken at 1/6th of a second because of the low light. I wanted to keep ISO100 for the sharpest possible images. I just had my elbow against the wall or something. I also use a shutter release cable for even less camera shake.

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