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overhead in new york (1).

1 Apr 2012

On the Amtrak train from Boston back to Manhattan, there was a stretch where the rails were directly above sleepy neighborhoods in the Bronx, the squat, colorful, mostly three- and four-story buildings in sharp contrast to the grey Manhattan skyscrapers in the distance.

I’m a bit surprised that the Leica, propped up directly against the grimy train windows, managed to produce such clear images.  Also, having taken a lot of photos from the train on this trip, I should remind everyone that 1/1000 shutter speed is most definitely your friend.  On a moving train, anything slower than 1/250 is likely to produce a messy blur — even 1/250 is already pushing it.  These were shot on a roll of expired Fuji Superia 200, probably at f/2.8 because it was such a dark, grey morning, at 1/1000.

One more set of overhead shots later this week.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 May 2012 10:19 pm

    I really like the third photo from the top because there are parallel and vertical lines created by the row homes, and in particular, there is one vertical line that bisects the photo in halves. I especially like that line because it runs from the foreground homes, all the way back to the overpass in the distance. Great composition!! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • 19 May 2012 10:32 pm

      sorry, i can’t count….i was referring to the photo that is 2nd from the bottom. haha.

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