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Another street landscape devoid of people, or even occupied vehicles.  You might recognize the graffiti wall on the right from an image I posted about 2 weeks ago.   This is Houston Street, from the median pedestrian island, looking west from a point just west of Bowery on the east side. I had a lot of success that morning getting shots devoid of people and moving cars. It was early but not absurdly so; this image was taken at about 6:20am. there definitely were cars and people moving about, but with a bit of patience it was possible to find gaps, even when shooting down long street views like this one.

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You’re walking up West Broadway on a photo safari and you see this old liquor store sign lit up from a couple of blocks away.  You make a mental note to make sure you head up that way to grab some photos, and when you get closer you realize this is an unusual liquor store.  It sells suits, and other mens clothing.  So you search for “Tribeca liquor store clothing”and discover it is run by J Crew of all things. But you still get the pictures.

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The second woman at the bus stop seems to be reading “In the Woods” by Tana French. I cannot make out the back cover of the book the first woman is holding.

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Sometimes the purpose of a title is to guide viewers to something they might have overlooked.

This is, I think, my third image of Stone Street — actually the fourth if you count one of a street that leads to Stone Street, in which Stone Street is clearly visible.

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  • Mike OlbinskiJanuary 13, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I love how wide this shot is…from the tops of buildings all the way down to the cobblestone and that bowl (thanks for pointing it out)…just a vast picture.ReplyCancel

  • Jesse PafundiJanuary 13, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Love the wide distortion too. Very cool streetReplyCancel

  • Jim DenhamJanuary 13, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Great angle on this one Mark! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • John SotiriouJanuary 13, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Great detail. The yellow windows make this image. Is that a dog bowl in the middle of the street? :)ReplyCancel

  • Toad Hollow PhotographyJanuary 13, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    I think this is an amazing image! Tons of textures and details to absorb, and that bowl is just the cat’s pajamas. Great capture.ReplyCancel

  • Jerry DenhamJanuary 13, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    I really like this Mark. Lots of opposing colors and textures. Love the lines as well.ReplyCancel

  • markJanuary 13, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the comments, all. To respond, directly or indirectly to some points raised and questions asked:

    – I don’t know what the bowl is for. During business hours, the restaurants on this street serve both indoors and outdoors in what looks like a street fair. The bowl could be a hard plastic type used for the outdoor service that is somewhere between take-out and sit-down. Also, there was somebody cleaning the street while I photographed (I managed to keep him out of the finished image) and I don’t know if he put the bowl there for some purpose or just had not gotten around to cleaning it up yet.

    – Regarding the composition. I considered getting close-up on the bowl but decided to take a chance instead on this super wide/vertical shot. I think it works because, as long as you do notice the bowl (hence the title), it manages, despite its tiny size, to act as a focal point and counterweight to the enormous scale of the streetscape behind it.ReplyCancel

  • PreetiJanuary 13, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Such a cool find! And I just LOVE your perspective, especially that it stretches to the sky. What lens did you use, if you don’t mind me asking?ReplyCancel

  • markJanuary 13, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    I used the Nikon 14-24mm f/28 lens, set at the super-wide 14mm. By the way, if you look at the tags at the bottom of every post, you will see that they usually include tags that identify the lens, the camera, the film where applicable, and the software, including sometimes specific plugin filters used in processing (not including basics like Photoshop or Aperture that I use on almost everything). I think there’s some bad design here on my part because nobody ever seems to notice them, but I don’t know how to fix that without calling more attention to the post tags than I think is warranted. I should probably put up a Gear page where I point that out.ReplyCancel

  • PreetiJanuary 13, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Ahh, got it, thanks! Yeah, I missed those tags at the bottom, though I did see the categories at the top under the title.ReplyCancel

  • HarrietJanuary 13, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    This is such a beautiful image! And the detail is just amazing! I feel like I could stare it for ages theres so much to take in! Well done you.ReplyCancel

  • DARYL (BUTCH) BUTCHERJanuary 13, 2011 - 10:53 pm

    I figured you would put a nosegay in the bowl and highlight it. Well, that wouldn’t be very realistic, would it?


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  • TimoJanuary 15, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Great picture, love the angle and post-processing!ReplyCancel

  • The BirdsJanuary 19, 2011 - 9:39 am

    […] may not notice the subtle nuances about it. My buddy Mark Garbowski recently posted a shot called The Bowl on the Cobblestone Street…because the shot was so wide, so expansive, you might have missed a curious little bowl […]ReplyCancel

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