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nyc, underexposed (1).

26 Oct 2010

If you walk into Central Park from the 59th and 6th Avenue entrance, and bear right/northeast, you’ll eventually come to an opening in the trees, right near a bridge, where you’re suddenly face to face with a view of the buildings that overlook the southeast corner of the park.  It’s a spectacular view, in great part because you’ve emerged from this thicket of trees and all at once there’s this broad swath of sky and New York City again.   You’ll be compelled to take a photo, as I did, and as a New Yorker, you’ll find yourself a little bit embarrassed when, after you take your shot, you turn around and see a dozen other people doing the same exact thing.   You are, for a brief instant, a tourist in your own town. 

So then you might turn back around, towards the opening and the sky and the buildings, and throw the focus on your lens way off, just to skew that perfect view a bit, perhaps make it a bit more like what might come out of a pinhole camera.   That’ll show the accidental tourist in you! 

But after you get your roll of Portra 160nc developed, what becomes even more striking than the view, or its blurry sister, are the tones of the final print.  These were taken around 5:30pm, about an hour before nightfall, when the light was still a muted, cloudy yellow.   Where did these blue tones come from?  Is this what happens when you underexpose 160nc by a couple of stops?  If so: awesome.   Look for more underexposure experiments in the coming months.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 Oct 2010 3:20 am

    have you been up to around 96th st part of central park? its the very top of the reservoir and thats my favorite place to just stand there and see the skyline.

  2. 28 Oct 2010 6:49 pm

    i don’t think i’ve been up there though i feel like i’ve seen that view in any number of films from the 1970s!

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