by Shaun Nelson
The Flatiron Building
In August 2012, my wife and I visited New York for the first time. The trip was to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I had my camera with me every moment, capturing what seemed like the typical tourist photos. It seems many photographers struggle with the concept of taking vacation photos. After all, landmarks like the ones found in New York City have been photographed millions of times, so why take another photo? Every photographer has a unique viewpoint and can create a matchless image using his or her own skills. It’s important to capture something and make it your own, to possess that image in your own collection. It’s not another vacation photo if you make it your own and tell a story.
My photographic version of the Flatiron building was taken on a stormy afternoon just as the sun was shining through the clouds from behind the building. With a vertical crop, I was able to isolate the building as if it’s the only one standing in what’s really the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, East 22nd Street, and 23rd Street.
Canon 7D, ISO 800, f/20, 1/10, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Photoshop CS5