Ghosts in the Machine, New York

As you might have guessed, this is Grand Central Station in the wonderfully exciting Metropolis of New York! We wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of people zipping in and out and also the grandeur of this spectacular building. We also asked our Model, Mark, to stand perfectly still by the ticket Kiosk as everyone moved around him – you can spot him in a dark hoodie with arms crossed. The natives, needless to say, showered him with their colorful invectives!

We have seen this picture as adds for Photography Software, win prizes in contests and very frequently in Popular photography magazines – and somehow it “seemed” to be after the fact when we took and posted to our Blog. We are not claiming anything as this is quite an obvious shot and has likely been superbly executed thousands of time by brilliant Photographers from around the world.  Just goes to show that true creativity comes from the non-obvious and an eye to spot and capture it. We are still working on this and will take years, under no illusions!

This was taken from the far end of Grand Central without a Tripod. The Nikon D90 was two hand stabilized and the shutter was released by an assistant who triggered it with an infrared remote. We didn’t want to haul a tripod in for fear of drawing too much attention and also occupying a lot of space, this is a popular spot. Also, we have heard stories of people deliberately “tripping” over tripod mounted gear and hurting their back, neck, head, butt etc and then suing. Why risk it? Keep that in mind when you lug that massive Manfrotto with you in crowds!

Thanks for the kind visit and please ask any questions – we always answer as best as we can!

Kathleen and Erik


6 responses

  1. shopaholicann

    Because the figures have become somewhat indistinct the scene has a totally timeless look and feel, ok there are screens and modern ticket machines but they are in no way intrusive. Yes this place has been photographed a lot and rightly so , it’s a superb piece of architecture, but this image stands out from the crowd in my eyes. Almost as if you have stripped away the gloss and got down to the nitty gritty of the place.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:35 am

  2. Awesome shot, this place is def on my list to go get at least a few shots from 🙂

    March 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

  3. Je devrais donc aller photographier les gares parisiennes… Montparnasse, la plus vieille gare de France… La prochaine fois que j’irai aux Deux-Sèvres, près de La Rochelle… 😉

    Mais la gare centrale de New York est un très bel endroit, de ces images que j’ai vues…

    Je connais les gares de Stockholm, Minsk, Bruxelles et celles de Paris… Il faut visiter les gares françaises de petites villes…

    à bientôt

    March 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

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