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8 Comments | Report
dambergs9
 
dambergs9 March 18, 2017
Good capture!
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte March 18, 2017
The harder we work, the luckier we get, eh? Thanks damberg9, thanks a lot :-)
wendygoerl
 
wendygoerl May 22, 2018
Were you lucky enough to happen on it at that time, or did you wait for the shadows to get right?
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte May 22, 2018
I saw it from daughters apartment and had a hunch. Watched it for two days and figured it out.. so I guess the answer is .. I waited. Glad you liked it, makes the wait worth it Wendy!
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 10, 2018
Awesome
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte June 11, 2018
Thanks Ramyzinch! Isn't it true that beauty is everywhere :-)
Cookies4U
 
Cookies4U August 24, 2020
Fire escapes and shadows—my very favorite(s). This is an amazing NYC shot. Hold onto it- NYC will never b the same, hélas.
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte August 24, 2020
MERCI !! Be sure and scroll down to the "Behind the Lens" for more
PreissAlex Platinum
 
PreissAlex March 18, 2022
Rick, congratulations on winning People's Choice in Staircases Photo Challenge. Excellent photo.
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte March 18, 2022
Merci Merci Merci !!
tonyraymondthompson PRO+
 
tonyraymondthompson March 18, 2022
Stunning shot ,well executed, composition spot on. Congrats on your P.C win.
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte March 18, 2022
THANKS! Hope you read the BTL about the planning. BTL is WAY down below
Laton1973 Platinum
 
Laton1973 May 20, 2022
Great photo, you have everything. Semetry, shadow
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte May 21, 2022
Love dawn in the city! Thanks!
AM_Images
 
AM_Images December 19, 2022
Great symmetry
ricklecompte Platinum
ricklecompte December 26, 2022
Merci. A timing and labor of love :-) At the VERY bottom of this page, is Behind the Lens, which goes into more detail. Again, thanks!
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Behind The Lens

Location
The Upper West Side in New York City provided this image when visiting my daughter in July of 2016. It was right out her window on the 4rd story walk up
Time
It was around 11am when the shadows and the structure I had been watching for days so aligned. Hot! it was a hot summer day and I had opened the window to avoid the wavy part of vintage window pane. All were happy when the creative bug flew away having fed :-) For a few days I had plotted the stretching web of shadows. After taking many images over a few days and different hours, this one spoke to me.
Lighting
The light is all natural sunlight filtered only by the humidity and heat
Equipment
I hand held my Sony A7m2 with a 24-240 lens while sitting in a chair with elbows locked into my sides
Inspiration
I am a fan of symmetry. Now to be sure I use the Rule of 3rds but I consider it mainly to be good advice :-) The city, I wanted to capture something that said, "City", real people living real lives in a crowded environment. This image when I saw it, said safety, it said escape, it said order.
Editing
The only post I did was convert to B&W using PS cc 2017 and some gamma tweaks. I am finally understanding, "get it right in camera"
In my camera bag
I believe it travel light. I think the shot is in your heart, not in your equipment. I carry my Sony A7Rm2 with the 24-240 that never comes off. If shooting an event for a friend I bring my A7m2 with the kit lens. I do not own a strobe. I have a tripod I bring if handy and I think of ti but rarely rarely ever use it. Of course with a Sony, extra batteries and a polarizing filter which I have used once
Feedback
Want an awarded image? Then don't think about it. And carry your camera just about everywhere. 'See' rather than just look at the world around you. Let your eyes and your mind 'search'. It might be at your feet in a tiny crack, it might be in the shadows playing across a building, or the tint of an evening sky or special smile between two strangers on the street you see while sipping coffee at a cafe or the hard working men doing street repair and sweating it out in black and white. It has been said -and I wholeheartedly agree- "The meaning of life, lives within the verb 'seeing'. Good Hunting and thanks for reading this. If I can help, message me

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