59th Street

Nothing special… just a straight conversion from color to b&w with one frame. 1600 ASA. Sometimes simple is better.


I think it was Ty that mentioned how Night Jogger was better in terms of the motion blur than the HDR stuff and I have to agree. But they are two different processes.  With HDR you are taking separate shots and combining them – so although each frame may have a blurred figure, when you combine them, you are going to have the streak starting in different spots.  It may be fine with rivers and such where you really can lay them on top of each other and there is no specific blurred object, but if you had shot Blurred Runner with HDR you’d get three separate images of the blurred runner.   So, for example, the blurred figures in this shot appear natural – they aren’t duplicated, or triplicated. People are used to this effect.  On the other hand – when you combine a lot of frames together – (see the lunchtime on fifth avenue shots below) you get tons of separate objects (people) in different spots, which is an interesting but more disturbing effect – unless you are into that or have been exposed (no pun intended) to the effect.  In other words, it isn’t yet part of the photographic vocabulary.


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My name is Dave Beckerman. I am a fine art photographer working in New York City.

One thought on “59th Street”

  1. The tones are very nice, but I
    find it a little too busy.

    As a large print that you might
    be able to ‘get inside and walk
    around’ it might work; perhaps
    for a waiting area where people
    such a print would offer a few
    minutes blessed distraction,
    before having a molar removed.


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