How Shooting You Became Resplendent

My trigger happy attempt at learning photography

NYC Financial District

Posted by mgnswn on January 18, 2010

I spent this weekend roaming around NYC, with my camera in hand, of course. 🙂 Despite that it was Saturday, I was still surprised to see the financial district completely vacant! Not a car, cab, or crowd in site! Great news for my photo processing because I didn’t have to edit out any pesky people! 🙂

I took this first shot of the NY Stock Exchange with my D90 and zoom lens at 21mm with a f-stop of 6.3 at 1/160 sec. I treated the photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 with another awesome filter from virtual photographer called “oldage”. I also removed a light pole and added a Gaussian blur to give the photo that timeless effect.

This second photo was taken no more than 1 block away from the NYC Stock Exchange. My lens was zoomed in at 105mm and I shot the photo at f/5.6 for 1/400 sec. For the processing, I have to admit that I’m not 100% satisfied. I was going for an old, roaring 20’s feel, so I decided to deepen the blacks and minimize the focus from the background. I also spent some time playing with the Wall St. sign and finally settled on a dramatic blur and bleeding of the edges. I’m not sure if I’m really sold on the sign, but I just went with it. Interested to hear anyones thoughts or expert advice!



3 Responses to “NYC Financial District”

  1. Maud-Cécile Carette said

    I’m a student in comparative literature and book edition in France.
    I’m contacting you about your picture with the Wall ST. signboard because I’d like to use it as a cover for my thesis and I need to know if you agree or not.
    It would be perfect for the subject on which I work (Le Mur by Jean-Paul Sartre and Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville).
    I need to know if I can change some details too (like put some other elements or maybe a text).
    You can join me by mail :
    Thank you,

  2. Lindseh said

    I used one of your images in a photo-manipulation, with credit. You can find it here:

    If this is ok, I will leave it up. If not, let me know and I will find a different image.


  3. bkl said

    I like it…but you are right — it isn’t very 20s…it looks more like 30s or 40s.

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