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Old Nov 21, 2014, 1:37 PM   #1
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 3:54 PM   #2
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G'day mate

Yet another of your beautful images of a very 'bright' city
... and as always, you have one of the locals quite self-absorbed in their daily living

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Thank you, Phil.

To the left (right of girl) is ABC-7 where Good Morning America is being broadcast live. The girl was making a sign so it can be seen on TV.

Without the studio set in the picture, it would look like the girl is creating a sign to compete with the jumbotrons in Times Square. So I thought of the caption.
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Thanks mate

I presume that she was well aware of your camera / tripod ~ do you show your people subjects the image once it's been captured?

and as I've said previously - I am gobsmacked that building owners allow their building facades to be taken over by these advertising hoardings - it does not seem to happen in Euro or Aussie cities

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Hi, Phil. I don't know if she became aware of me. I sat on the table next to hers, set up my tripod, then shot my bracket of 9 or so shots. I didn't follow her movements when she left but I'm sure she wasn't alone. She likely joined her company (family? friends?) in the crowd of onlookers to the left of the photo (not shown).

When I shoot, my thoughts are, if the subject eventually becomes aware, I would ask her (or him) to visit my website for the finished product. If in case she (or he) doesn't like it, I'll offer to destroy it. I am really proud of my work and would like people to be of their images, too. I have actually done two souvenir HDR photos for friends, one in Times Square and one at Rockefeller, and continually offer to do the same for other friends. (Hmm, I can maybe go into business with this souvenir HDR photos...)

EDIT: I would like to add, when I had my "Solitude" series professionally reviewed, one reviewer asked if I eventually talk with my subjects. I said, no, but I would like to. She (the portfolio reviewer) said it may not be a good idea as people expect to be paid. So I guess her message is -- much as I would like to otherwise -- it's better to leave them be.

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Love that shot, her out there all alone working on her project. Makes you wonder what is it she working on. I'm wondering how did you get that area of New York City empty?
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Garish, claustrophobic, and yet a feeling of emptiness. Nice photo work though.
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Great shot. Normally, I wouldn't care for that type of processing but it works here with that poster-board. It's a great example of processing for a specific image working well when it might not for other images. Good work
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Hi, Calicajun. Thank you. It was around 8 in the morning, so tourists were perhaps either still in bed or having breakfast in their hotels. What crowd there was were workers hurrying to work so they became ghosts or invisible because of my slow shutter speeds.

Following is a photo of a South Korean in his freshman year in a well-known art school in NYC. He found my work online and was excited to learn my "Solitude" workflow since it matches the style he had in mind for an art project. We got together twice and I showed him how I did my images from shooting to post-processing. I say watch out for this kid. I have nothing but praises for him and am actually flattered that a "hack" like me was teaching someone who had the discipline and financial wherewithal (with his father's full-backing which comes as no surprise) to pursue his passion in a formal and structured kind of way.



Here's a video of his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds3y4yd35Xo
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Thank you, all.
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