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Times Square at Night…

by on May.03, 2014, under Life, Photography

My eldest daughter wanted to visit Times Square so we headed there just before sunset so we could see it all lit up with some twilight colour still in the sky

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

I was expecting it to be packed so I didn’t bother taking a tripod or anything – just the camera with the 24-70 – I probably should have come with the 16-35 for a wider view (didn’t realise it was going to be so insanely packed and that it’s not so much a square as a long thin wedge with lights all up and down the street)

The streets were absolutely packed so we made our way slowly down 7th avenue till we found this raised viewing platform – we squeezed in and made our way to the top back row so we could take some photos

A handheld 3 bracket HDR

Times Square

Times Square

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Whilst up here I also took some frames handheld for a panorama which I was hoping might stitch. Not withstanding the handheld nature, with the advertising lights changing so quickly and with tens of thousands of people and many vehicles moving about I was anticipating some issues πŸ™‚

Surprisingly it stitched pretty well – this is nearly a 360ΒΊ field of view composed from 14 frames taken handheld at 24mm. The main part of Times Square is in the left half of the image and the famous crystal ball which drops on New Years Eve is on that tall thin building in the middle of the wedge on the left third

All of Time

All of Time

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 250

The level of detail in the original high res version is pretty remarkable – you can quite clearly see all the faces of the individual people down in the streets – I love my 24-70 πŸ™‚

The Flag

The Flag

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, ISO 180

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