Times Square at Night

February 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Last summer after I finished working with a portrait client, I walked through Times Square in midtown NYC. I usually avoid Times Square due to the throng of people, but it stood directly between me and my train that night, so I braved the crowds. No matter how many times I walk through Times Square at night, I'm always amazed at the light. Standing at street level, you don't even really realize it's dark. There are people everywhere taking photos, lights flashing, advertisements beckoning, and of course now and then you see a couple sharing a tender moment.

This night, I was drawn to stop and take a photo. Luckily I didn't have my normal camera roller bag with me, just a messenger bag with some gear in it. Were I traveling with the full gear bag, I wouldn't have stopped for this photo. The photo itself is pretty simple. It's a three-shot HDR photo merged with PhotoShop's HDR Pro to create a 32bit HDR Raw file, which was then processed in Adobe Camera Raw. The biggest change I made was to swap in the screen on the left (with the car advertisement) from another shot. The original of this had a mountain scene which looked overexposed, even though it actually wasn't. The couple hugging at the bottom of the photo was a happy coincidence.

Looking back, I'm happy with the shot, but will try to get a similar shot at dusk rather than well after nightfall. A little detail in that sky would really make this image sing.


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