Times Square – fun, iconic, crowded, loud, rip off. It is a lot of things good and bad. I am fascinated by Times Square because of the transformation it has undergone over the past 30 years. I vividly remember my first time passing through times square, on a school trip. Times Square hadn’t been cleaned up and it was dirty, full of adult theaters, and sketchy characters on the streets. I remember thinking to myself, “where the heck are they taking us?”
Since then it has become commercialized, flashy, expensive, and safe. Love it or hate it, you have to be amazed standing in the middle of the square and watching the people and – especially at night – seeing the lights. I often photograph Times Square, but it is harder than it sounds. Given the height of the buildings and how narrow the square is, it is a challenge to get the lighting and angle right.
I like this photo because it isn’t the usual angle that I have taken pictures here before. Also, although I like saturated pictures, I do not like pictures that look unnaturally oversaturated. But in this case, the colors were bright and I upped the clarity in Lightroom. Although this picture is slightly oversaturated, it reflects how I feel when in Times Square. When I process photos in Lightroom, I try to ensure the picture reflects how I felt and experienced the moment, and this picture does.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF 40mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000