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Park Avenue Tunnel
Park Avenue Tunnel
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Challenge: Tunnels and Caves (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: 33rd Street & Park Avenue
Date: Aug 9, 2009
Aperture: f/13.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2009

N/A. Maybe I'l details later.

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POST CHALLENGE.

Woohoo! I killed my PB. To be honest, a ribbon would have been incredible, but I'll settle for a HM :).

I live only a few blocks away from this tunnel, and whenever I find myself walking by it, I always begin brainstorming ideas to capture an interesting image of it. Needless to say, when the tunnels and caves challenge came up, this location instantly popped to mind.

You can only really take long exposures of the tunnel from this end of the tunnel, because there is no median where the tunnel pops out - right in front of Grand Central Terminal.

I had been meaning to do a shot like this all week, but I was always busy doing something else. I ended up taking this picture at 10:00 PM, 2 hours before the deadline.

I started around 9:30 with different focal lengths ranging from 10-200mm. After taking a bunch of exposures with a few different lens, I found that I really liked the star pattern produced by stopping down my 50/1.4. Being NYC, I had no problem finding cars to create the light trails. I was standing on the median but my tripod was probably only 1-2 feet away from traffic as the entered the tunnel from the right side of the frame.

One last note. During the course of me screwing around with my equipment, I had an encounter with an NYPD sqaud car that doing laps throught to tunnel to stay cool on this hot night. The first time they passed me, they waved and I nodded. The second time they stopped to see what I was doing. I made it clear to them that I was merely an amature photographer practicing a hobby. Without them asking, I offered to show them the pictures I had been taking. They turned out to be nice guys, I guess they were checking to make sure I wasn't a crazy :) I just goes to show that if you carry a level head and leave the baggage at home, you can resolve sticky situations relatively painlessly.

-Steve

P.S. Processing included basic adjustments in Aperture, a little dodging on the light trails and burning on the trees (minimal), an Export to PS CS3, resize and USM x2.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 93
Avg (all users): 6.6879
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7436
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 2187
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 141
Comments: 25
Favorites: 4 (view)


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08/17/2009 01:35:52 PM
Amazing shot, I could sit and look at it for hours. Great work!
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08/17/2009 10:15:17 AM
TOTALLY cool image! Congrats on the HM. I'd like details if you care to post them.
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08/17/2009 09:54:13 AM
I'm one of your 10's. I thought for sure to see this on the front page. Well done!
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08/17/2009 12:51:48 AM
awesome...gave this an 8, a fantastic image congratulations
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08/17/2009 12:41:03 AM
This is a kick-ass photo - totally amazing. Should have been on the front page. Congrats on good placement.
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08/17/2009 12:06:33 AM
LOved it in voting, love it now...... Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2009 10:20:25 PM
Good energy.
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08/15/2009 10:02:09 PM
Awesome effect!
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08/15/2009 07:51:55 PM
I get the feeling of cars going into the tunnel, cool. nice movement, good angle and line to produce it. good choice for Black and White
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08/14/2009 11:18:27 AM
Good composition. Love the signs.
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08/13/2009 04:29:57 PM
This is a great shot. Maybe slightly too busy with all the
signs and lights. The lights passing add a nice dynamic.

One of my favourites in this challenge. (9)
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08/13/2009 12:34:06 PM
This is really great... LOVE the light trails and stars.
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08/13/2009 08:23:49 AM
Wild, busy, and wonderful! Nice!......7
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08/12/2009 07:40:55 PM
I like night shots, usually for the color, but your choice of B&W is EXCELLENT in this scene and the vehicle lights really make this unique. You may have a winner here. Very nice composition as well....good scene, but you are drawn right to the focal point by the lights. One of my top three in the challenge.
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08/12/2009 04:05:46 PM
wow! this moves! never seen Park Ave look quite like this..
nicely done!
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08/12/2009 02:41:06 PM
So familiar and so well done. 7
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08/12/2009 04:25:05 AM
Fantastic shot - 10 from me.
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08/11/2009 07:32:40 PM
nice lighting it really makes it pop
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08/11/2009 06:05:46 AM
amazing 3d... looks like the cars jumped into the road...
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08/11/2009 01:32:44 AM
Nice work with long exposure, and to find a spot that really lends itself to light trails.
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08/11/2009 12:17:09 AM
Great b/w. Love all that star activity and the movement from the tail lights of the car.
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08/10/2009 04:58:55 PM
I gave two each of 10's and 9's then five 8's the rest were 7 or under. You got an 8.
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08/10/2009 08:44:18 AM
WILD. I love how the movement makes it look like fireworks are shooting out from the tunnel. I might've brought up the shadow/black a touch. :~)
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08/10/2009 02:49:22 AM
Many pictures are spoiled if there is too much going on in them but this one benefits from the mass of lights and shapes. You'd expect colour to play an important role but I think that in this case it would ruin the impact. A great picture.
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08/10/2009 12:26:59 AM
great as a b and w...love the light trails as they add action and impact to this 8
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