We think we see so clearly what it is in front of us yet it all passes by in such a blur.
I am the one without focus. The blur is mine.
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But you still ‘see’ with your subconscious Patti. Or you wouldn’t be able to capture atmosphere. Take care 🙂
Thank you Madhu! So much I wanted to say with this post, along the lines of seeing through the blur and embracing imperfection but then it became complicated and time was biting at my heels . . . . . 🙂
Your street scenes are very interesting. Nice true to life. Come visit my Photography Brief.
I am at the stage now where I can’t imagine a neighbourhood without the street life. Heading over to yours now Tex!
Sensuous, fodder for fantasies and maybe a story.
Tom, this is where I lose focus and float into high sky drifter because NY is a fabulous blur of outrageous facts and not too distant fantasies. Stories become . . . normal. I love your comment Tom, thank you!
Three good night time photographs…
Thank you Mike, it was one of those thirsty hot summer nights! 🙂
thank again patty, for letting me take a peek at the street life on the other side of this planet…
You are so welcome, thank you Inge! Any chance of visiting this other side of the planet?
I love how you use the colour, maybe one day I can use it like you
very nice shots, light and colour.
I love your B & W’s! Do you shoot in B & W? I find it difficult to ignore the colours which, to me, are such a feature of NYC days and nights, the razzle dazzle excites me but what I really want to do is more B & W, preferably film using a manual camera. Going all the way back to basics! Thank you HG, always good to talk to you!
When I use digital cameras I shot in colour because after is better to convert to B&W. (The Leica Monocrome is far of my possibilities) LOL
I only shot in B&W when I use manual cameras, I prefer telemetrics cameras (with no mirror) than SLR cameras.
If you want to began to shot in B&W I recomended you, for example, the Minolta Himatic 7s or better Minolta Himatic 7sII
Both cameras are good with a sharp and clear lense. The best is that you can buy one in good conditions in ebay with any problem.
There are many other options in cheap telemetrics cameras (yashica has some other models, yashica MG1, yasica electric etc..), too Canon with the serie “canonet”, Olimpus, etc ……
Buy one, fill it with a 400 ASA B&W roll and going out to the street to have fun.
Ps: sorry for the mistakes, my english is no good like you know.
Exactly what I am looking for, thank you so much for going to all this trouble HG! I shall keep you posted. Your English by the way is very good, no need to apologise. My Spanish on the other hand is . . . . 😦
It all looks very casual and easy going. The fine for litter is $100.-in NY, hopefully those plastic bags were going to be collected that morning with summer still in full swing. We are now planning a spring NY 2014, most accommodation for mid Sept-Oct seems booked accept for the $1000.- + night.
I loved looking through all the accom. sites and responses of visitors. One apartment had a mouse plague and over twelve traps were put out! But they still had a good time. Another guest complained they found dirty socks and had to suffer a karaoke den two floors up keeping them awake! It is a riveting city and we must visit. Put the soup in deep freeze.
Gerard, this is garbage waiting to be collected by the fine people of the NY Sanitation Department who usually growl up and down the side streets in the early hours of the morning making enough noise to wake the dead. I have a series of shots devoted to collections on the street, another one of my projects!
All best with the planning and hope you miss out on the mice . . . Sept – Oct is a lovely time of the year here in NY, will make fresh soup just for you!
Great shots! That first one I did a double-take. Truly didn’t see him, just as you said. Cool.
Thank you Pierr! It’s like walking down the street with someone and asking “did you see that?” (topless lady riding a unicycle with a bubble machine . . . ) with the reply being “did I see what?”
world’s best NYC street photographer strikes again!
You two . . . . what would I do without you!!!! Thank you both SO much!
I love the pictures, but I love even more what you had to say in the end … I think that is true for all of us. We can all use more clarity …
Yet most of us like to think we have 20/20 vision when it comes to hindsight and still I will toddle out to take more blurry shots. I always enjoy the clarity of your wicked wit and humour!
Ah clarity … now I love that word … makes me feel so Zen 🙂 Thank you Patti!
Honestly, I’m hopeless with night photography, and can say that these are very good for Handheld shots (I presume).
Thank you Lignum but I have trouble believing you are hopeless with night shooting! And yes, these are handheld shots taken very quickly with little or no time to stop because I was out with Mr Kuche who, bless his heart, has only a limited amount of tolerance when it comes to taking photos. . . . !
What a BEAUTIFUL thoughtful quote! I am the one out of focus. You just described living with PTSD and all those nasty blackouts we get.
Oh Jasmine, I am so sorry to hear . . . . those times in our lives where we are torn between hanging out either the Do Not Disturb sign or a HELP sign. But really incapable of either. You take care!
Love these night shades!
I don’t have your steady hand! Thank you Cardinal!
Steady hand? We call it tripod around here. 😀
I love how cities change from night to day. Not that one is better than the other; they’re just different and equally fascinating. Beautifully captured, as always Patti.
As different as night and day, and so much fun as you say. Thank you Alison!
Oh my! I can smell the smells and feel a subtle mist on my arms. SO NY! Wonderful, Patti.
Those fruity smells of NY summer nights, where would we be without them! Thank you Elena!
So intimate and real. And heavy with presence. Great street shots, Patti.
Thank you so much Richard!
Such a special place that NYC is after sunset – sadly many around us are trained to focus on the trivial and miss the big picture – better to live a life in a bit of a blur to appreciate the bigger picture ….
Thanks so much also for your very kind words on my images on the Flickr stream :>)
Pat, always a great pleasure to see your very atmospheric NYC shots! Yes, NY is indeed a special place after sunset what with personable barmen and it seems churlish not to embrace the spirit of the evening and therefore go with the blur. In pursuit of the bigger picture of course! 🙂
You always manage to capture the many moods of city life Patti. Margie
But Margie, there are SO many moods out there – people just won’t stay at home!!!
when the night
and the moon
is the only
light we see …
Stand by me. . . and I shall stand by you Frizz!
So this is “quiet time” in the big city. It seems your focus is more intense with the minimal light. Like an aura around your subjects. I enjoy the armchair view you provide with your photos;
A beautiful series of visions that blurs the frontier between imaginary and “real”.
You can claim whatever you like, it’s your prerogative.
But your vision is 100% sharp and clear, Patti, whether or not there’s blur around the edges.
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