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Manhattan redux

2007.06.04 — Culture | Postcards | Travel | by Derek Jensen

 

Manhattan traffic

Manhattan traffic

Manhattan traffic

Manhattan traffic

Back in 2004, I posted some photos I had taken in Manhattan while I was working across the way in Newark. At the time, I decided that 1400 x 1050 was high enough resolution for these, but recently I decided to post the full 5 megapixel resolution images of these (they were taken when I still had my old Olympus snapshot camera).

 

Most of the photos were taken at dusk, when I ventured into Manhattan with colleagues after work. As a result, they tended to be a bit gray and boring.

 

I decided that my photo editing skills had improved in the three years since I first posted them, so I've gone back to the originals and reprocessed them. I present the result here for easy comparison.

 

A quick snapshot of Manhattan traffic as I was crossing the road captured a great moment but the gray dusk and imperfect focus made it dull. Some brightening, saturation, and sharpening worked wonders.

An artificial blur and oversaturation captures even more of the feeling with an artsy look.

 

 

 

 

Park Avenue

Park Avenue

Park Avenue

A kitschy pic of a taxi turning off Park Avenue was equally dull when I shot it, but some brightening, contrast, and a little color shift away from blue make it snap and pulled the buildings out of the background to become characters along with the taxi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

I posted this picture of Chinatown on Wikipedia, and someone nominated it to be a featured image.

 

Looking at it again, I decided that it was a little gray and needed a color shift away from blue and some saturation to bring out the bright colors.

 

The result is a more festive and lively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTC PATH station

WTC PATH station

World Trade Center PATH station

I took two interesting photos of the exterior of the subway station at night. This one was done in auto mode and brightened afterward. Revisiting it changed it a little, but at first I had it too light.

 

Looking at the version I had posted originally, I decided to darken it a bit. I held the lights down also, which changes the character of the image a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTC PATH station

WTC PATH station

World Trade Center PATH station

The second version I took in night mode, with the camera steadied against a lamp post for the longer exposure. This was immediately one of my favorites and remains so. The redux is not much different from the original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chevy's

Chevy's

Chevy's in Manhattan

I was never really happy with this picture of Times Square, with taxis lined up and the lighted signs splashing color over the darkness. I took this in too much of a hurry and ended up moving the camera slightly (I had it braced against something. However, a heavy bit of sharpening and some saturation makes a marked improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caffe Napoli

Caffe Napoli

Caffe Napoli in Little Italy.

I liked the image of Caffe Napoli in Little Italy so much that I had it printed at 16 x 20 and hung it in my house. The redux saturates it a little more, brightens the main part slightly, and darkens the area at the top where the windows are boarded up with plywood, making them much less noticeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan across the harbor.

I took several pictures of Manhattan looking back across the harbor on my ferry boat ride to the Statue of Liberty. These were nice, but later I decided they were a little hazy. Filtering out some of the blue and applying a little contrast did wonders.

Note: The new version is scaled up to 4000 pixels across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan

Manhattan

Empire State Building across the harbor.

Here's another of Manhattan from the ferry. I have this one hanging on my wall. I actually prefer the cropped version more, but you can't crop a 5 megapixel image and still print it at a large size.

Note: The new version is scaled up to 4000 pixels across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Manhattan photos....

 

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