Back from NYC with some photos! Thanks for the advice!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cutsman, May 25, 2009.

  1. cutsman macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    I'm back from my trip to NYC. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice on what gear to bring with me. I ended up bringing my 18-200VR, 24-70, 35mm f2, and 10-20. I ended up using the 18-200VR probably 80% of the time. For traveling, I can't begin to explain how convenient and versatile this lens is!

    Anyhow, here are some of my shots (more can be found at my site, link in sig). C&C is welcome as always! :D







  2. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Nice, those are some sweet architecture shots you got there.
  3. Captain Zero macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2009
    Nice shots, the panorama is especially impressive.
  4. apearlman macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    Red Hook, NY
    Subway shot

    Those are very nice, especially the subway shot. It has great energy. I would imagine the 18-200 is a great travel companion, especially with VR.
  5. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    Nice Shots!

    Were you harassed at all shooting photographs in the city, especially the architecture? I had a friend who had a problem with that a couple years ago.
  6. jake.f macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2008
    NSW, Australia
  7. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Great photos! Many of your shots have a "retro" feel to them that I think is beyond just being in B&W. The park benches feel almost like they're through some sort of old camera. Not quite pin-hole, but pretty old. What kind of pp settings did you use there? The subject matter in the first one feels very 50/60s. Even the subway car -- the colors feel different. Is that OOC or with some pp?

    Also, I've been considering a travel lens super-zoom (in my case, the Tamron 18-270). Most of your shots look like they were wide angle. Did you actually end up with any keeps that were beyond, say, 80mm FL, where that much zoom was important to have?

    Great work.
  8. hector macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2006
    Cheltenham, UK
    Wait a minute?!!

    I just clicked the link in your sig and had a really weird moment when I saw your zenfolio site... you have written almost the exact same thing I have on my smugmug page!
    You even have a cheesy shot of you taking a self portrait in the mirror!

  9. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I think the building in the first one is taking up too much of the frame and there is some weird reflection/glare/smudge/whatever in the flag picture. Other than that they're fine.
  10. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Thanks all for your comments! :D

    Nope, I didn't run into any issues with carrying and shooting with an SLR. There were a lot of tourists with SLR's snapping away... even in museums where photography is actually prohibited. I suspect as time passes after 9/11, people are getting less overly anal about "security" issues.

    Thanks bking1000! I shoot RAW and post-process in Aperture and PS CS4. I usually tweak exposure, WB, contrast, black point, shadows/highlights in Aperture. Then I export into CS4 for some curves adjustment, Viveza (an amazing PS plugin that gives allows you to process using Control Points, just like in Capture NX), Noise ninja for noise reduction, and finally USM sharpening. My B&W shots follow the same process more or less, except I do the B&W conversion in PS using gradient map.

    As for the photos looking retro... this wasn't really a conscious thing. I personally like B&W with a lot of contrast and I usually just tweak my photos until they look good to me. I suppose I like old looking photos.... :confused: hehe

    As for focal length, NYC is definitely a place for wide angle... everything is very close together and condensed and walking around with my 24-70 on a cropped sensor made me realize how difficult it was to shoot stuff like architecture with that lens... hence why i used 18-200 most of the time. With that said, I did take a number of shots that I liked with focal lengths in the range of 135-200. You can see the EXIF info on my site by clicking on the "photo info" tab when viewing photos.

    HAHA! That is really uncanny! Are :eek:

    Thanks for the comments! That "reflection/smudge" in the flag photo is actually smoke/steam coming from one of the manholes... I purposely took it with the smoke in the frame, but I guess not everyone like it! hehe... :rolleyes:
  11. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
  12. nomad01 macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2005
    Birmingham, England
    Wow. Love the pics. I'm a beginner in the SLR world and off to New York in a couple of weeks and I'm now even more inspired.

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