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New York City: Alison and Chris, Late Night Around Times Square August 26, 2009

I know you’re all waiting to see photos from New York City. Well, I’m going to kick off the series of posts with a photo shoot I did for Alison and Chris on and around Times Square. This session was something very different for me — it was after dark (probably around 11 p.m.), and I didn’t use a flash at all with these. For you photographer types, I have the high ISO abilities of the D700 to thank for that. :) Anyway, they wanted something different and fun and very urban, and I wanted to try my hand at something a little unique. These photos are the result!

We started off the shoot in the lobby of the W Hotel on Times Square. First of all, this is only the coolest hotel… they thought of everything. With a tagline of “whatever, whenever” — it’s a hotel focused on service, and creating a super cool environment for the guests. Seriously, with a lobby that looks like this, how could you not love it?

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Then, we headed out to Times Square, which was still bustling (of course) at almost midnight. :)

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I love the sense of closeness and warmth in the mix of chaos and commotion in the next two. :) 

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We walked a few blocks to get a bustling street filled with cabs for the next several shots. I’m going to show you some in black and white and in color, so you can get a feel for what it was like. I can’t decide which processing I like better, so you’re getting both. :)

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I love this one — the person and the car blurred with motion, the cute couple being all sweet, Radio City Music Hall in the background…

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Again, these were all taken without a flash. Here, to  make sure that their faces were illuminated, I had them sit on the side of the fountain facing a street corner, which provided ambient light and glow to brighten up their faces. Tricky, huh? :)

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We liked all of the lines and patterns in this closed-off stairwell.

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And, finally, back to the hotel… :)

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I’m still working through my more touristy photos of the city and our trip, and I’ll be sure to post those when I can. I’m also working on some B-I-G projects right now, which you’ll find out about later (oh, the suspense!) so don’t worry… if I’m not posting, it’s because I’m working an all sorts of awesome things. :)

Alison and Chris, enjoy your photos! :)


6 Responses to “New York City: Alison and Chris, Late Night Around Times Square”

  1. Alison Says:

    These are way fun! Thanks for marrying my brother, inviting us on the trip to the big city and using us as guinea pigs :D

    • VL Says:

      I’m totally jealous of what you can do without a flash. However, I am loving life without a flash on day-to-day stuff. It was totally a blessing that my flash broke on my Canon Rebel SLR.

  2. kasie Says:

    lovely. i love them.
    so…when are we going to NYC?

  3. Kristen Says:

    Great shots Erica!

  4. Emily Beaty Says:

    Great job! I love the ones on the street corner with the blurry cabs in the background. :)

  5. Melinda Says:

    Your shots of Alison and Chris are perfect. I can’t believe how photogenic they are at 11:00 p.m.!

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