Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Oculus - New York

An Instant Architectural Classic

Here's another example of the "popular subject" problem. The Oculus has been open for about six month. Tourists and photo enthusiasts flock here in droves, snapping pictures, day in and day out. Is it possible to get a different view than everyone else?

That may be a tall order, but here are some ideas to consider when looking for your own view. 

a photo of the oculus train station in downtown new york black and white
The Oculus - New York

- Eliminate clutter. Shoot over the crowds and isolate details. (I did my best to eliminate people from this shot.)

- If you can't eliminate clutter, embrace it. Show how busy the place is by adding a human element. (Doesn't apply in this example.)

- Focus on shapes, lines, and architectural details. Draw the viewer's eye in to the image. 

- You can use symmetry or asymmetry, but make certain that your choice is a conscious decision. (From where I was standing, symmetry wasn't possible, so I created an asymmetrical composition.)

- Time your visit with a special event or season. (Notice the Christmas decorations in the photo.)

Camera:    Nikon D810
Lens:        Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G ED

Wishing you great light and meaningful moments!

Copyright 2017 Daniel R. South
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