Walking Around Manhattan

Walking Around Manhattan

I know that I say that I’m done with street photography but I am part of a street photography group on Flickr. A few friends and I started it so I will be taking street style shots from time to time. One of the other founders of the group had a genius suggestion for me when I said I was falling off street photography because I was sick of people. He suggested that instead of the people themselves, focus on their surrounding or something that they might be holding, etc.

This one day I decided to just start walking around different places in Manhattan, trying to see them with different eyes. I think I did pretty good for someone who’s getting disillusioned with street photography.  My first stop was Chambers St. near City Hall.  I’m really into symmetry and this shot appealed to me.  I wish that part of the car hadn’t been there, but what can you do in a big, busy city.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, arches, Chambers St., color, courthouse, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, symmetry

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, bars, bricks, Chambers St., color, Lower Manhattan, NYC, prison window, Sony, Sugar House



I have to admit, walking around by myself and really looking at things was the most fun I’d had taking pictures since I was in Milan.







Street art always interests me.  I can’t explain what exactly about it appeals to me, but I will go out of my way if I see something interesting painted on a wall.  This applies to actual art and not tagging or random graffiti.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, color, heart, Hektad, NYC, Sony, street art

I guess he was just taking in the scene too.  I’ve been thinking about getting a new lens for my camera.  I wanted to use it for food photography but it would also come in handy in outside situations.  I just miss having a lens that gives good bokeh.  I miss that nicely blurred background that made the subject just pop more.  This picture would have been so cool if I could have blurred the background.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, color, crosswalk, NYC, Sony, Spring St., street photography

It was pretty chilly that day and yet this woman was wearing a sleeveless minidress (while her boyfriend is wearing a sweater), and she didn’t even have a coat with her.  I like fashion (even if I pretty much live in yoga pants, t-shirts, and sneakers) and used to dress really nicely when I was younger.  However, I always dressed for the weather.  Freezing your butt off is never a good look.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, blonde, color, couple, minidress, NYC, Sony, street photography, sunglasses, Tiffany's, trophy

I just found it interesting that these two women, who didn’t even know each other, had the exact same bag.  I realize that it’s probably from a store, but what are the chances that they’d be standing in the same place at the same time with the same bag?

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, bags, color, double, glasses, NYC, platform, Sony, Spring St, street photography, subway, train station, underground

I took this picture from the 2nd or 3rd floor of Burlington Coat Factory in Union Square.  It reminded me of when I took a picture of the Duomo from a nearby store.  I have a picture somewhere on my computer that was taken on the other side of Union Square when I was in Barnes & Noble.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, chess players, color, looking down, NYC, NYPD, police cars, Sony, statue, street vendors, Union Square, view from above

Here’s a picture of some of the skyline.  You can see the Empire State Building over to the left of the picture.  The sky really was that dark that day.  I had forgotten to bring my umbrella and was just hoping that it wouldn’t rain before I got home.  I did have to edit out a bit of the lights from inside Burlington that were reflecting off the grass, but I think this shot came out pretty good.

9/30/17, 35mm, a7Rii, color, Empire State Building, NYC, Sony, Union Square, view from above, W Union Square



  1. Mister G.C.
    October 6, 2017 / 7:04 AM

    Cool Tina…very cool. You have some nicely composed & interesting shots there. I think the bokeh in the shot with the lady freezing her ‘bits’ off it just the right amount. The main subjects pop out and life the background is still recognizable. Sometimes too much bokeh can spoil a shot…(IMO).

    The one with the two identical bags is great but what make sit for me is the other double take in the shot….the billboard describing your find Extraordinary – Extraordinary. A nice double juxtaposition shot.

    The image with the car tail on the left….I would have waited for it to disappear by which time lady and the child may have been more central in the image. However I wasn’t there and maybe the traffic was heavy and no chance of another clear shot. I still like the scale of it with the people there. Sometimes I see pictures of buildings and statues but it’s only when there are people in the shot that I realize how big the architecture is.

    Glad you enjoyed your time with your camera seeing things in a different light. Look forward to some more.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Tina
      October 7, 2017 / 12:37 AM

      Hi Grant! Good to see you. I agree. Too much bokeh can take away from the picture. It’s just that I get next to no bokeh with this lens. It is a great lens. It takes nice pictures and it’s great for landscape shots or shots where you need to fit a lot into the frame. I just want to get another lens for different types of shots. I’d like to have both of them, but I know that you can take amazing landscape shots with a 50 or 55mm as you can with a 35mm. I just get attached to my camera accessories. Lol!!

      I was so focused on the two bags that I didn’t even notice the poster. That’s so funny and it just goes to show that you have all these great elements that you probably wouldn’t get if you were looking for them.

      The area where I took the shot of the building is an extremely busy street. It’s where the cars can turn or go straight when they get off the bridge (I think it’s a bridge), so there are always tons of cars passing by. I had to wait five minutes just to get that shot.

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