Standing Out in the Crowd

July 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Times Square is perhaps the busiest spot in New York City to take pictures. Unless you are there during the early morning when they are cleaning the streets, you should expect to have to take posed shots amid a sea of humanity. To make your subject stand out is therefore a challenge that requires plenty of patience, good timing, and some technique:

  • Use large aperture to limit the depth of field thereby providing a separation of your subject from the crowd.
  • Use flash to darken the background also helps provide a separation effect.
  • Convert to B&W to remove distractions caused by colors and blown out highlights.

The following photos were taken during the visit of my sister Gemma, nephew Derek, brother Eddie & wife Tess, and mama Auring. All images were captured using the Leica M9.

  • The first three images were taken with a 50mm Summicron at f/2.8.
  • A "light stick" (a Nikon SB800 mounted on a monopod with a Pocket Wizard trigger) was used as fill in first two images.
  • The last two images were taken with a Zeiss 35mm Biogon at f/4.

Processing was done using DxO Optics Pro 8 and Perfect Photo Suite 7.


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