Monday, January 28

Grand Central, NYC

AARGH! As you can see by looking at my January 29th post, my MacBook Pro crashed for the second time in 90 days. Since it remains under full warranty - apple once again has replaced the hard drive. Since the monitor was only recently calibrated, and since I spent so much time with it this week, I prepared this image below, and the image from the 29th on that MacBook. Now I see why many of the people who have looked at this image on various forums were underwhelmed. It in no way represents the graphic that I worked upon and thought I was posting.

I have just recalibrated that machine, but I simply lack the sizable time to redo this image. So it is effectively lost. I think I shall leave it as both a warning re. what not to do, and a double warning about buying a MacBook Pro.

I offered to pay Apple the difference between the second hand value of the damaged machine and a new replacement, and they would not consider my offer even though this is the second time in 90 days they repaired my machine. Needless to say, I no longer have faith in it.

With that said, here is the original posting about which I am bummed. I reeeeeeely liked the way that I thought this image would look to you. Sorry.

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Grand Central: bustle, glimmering. Fast, dim, hectic, bright, a portal place.

Many of you know that I don’t do tripods. But the blur of infinitely replaceable people going, coming, held between here and somewhere… That’s why this central is grand. And what I thought needed capturing within its cavern.

So how to do that with no visible means of support?

Here’s my try. And your verdict is?


This is my second go at Grand Central Station and a companion piece to the first which you'll find by clicking here.

And for those of you who enjoy seeing the original, here's what I came away with on my Canon disc.


Brian Bastinelli said...


This is a very nice image. I really am impressed with the composite work.

For me though I really like the softness of the colors. It has a glowing magical kinda feel to it.

For me that's perfect. I love going to the city, everything there has a magical otherworldly feel to it for me.

This image represents that very well.

John Roberts said...

Your "adjusted" version captures the light, airy, spacious feeling of this grand old building. Why aren't newer buildings this beautiful? Even bus stations of the early 20th century often emphasized beauty AND function. I think buildings like this actually put travelers in a better mood and make the trip more enjoyable. Your treatment of the image seems to bring all this out to me.

mcmurma said...

This Grand Central image is just fine. there is not one thing abut it that makes me think it's out of whack. Nothing at all. And I agree with John that it does capture the space, the sense of scale and awe that you get when you visit. (Only been there once, at night, but it was memorable nonetheless.)

So the macbook may be out of calibration but it doesn't show here. Maybe not exactly what you intended, though, and that would aggravate me to no end as well.

Computer troubles are so unnerving. I work with the things everyday (PC support for a large retailer) and have developed a very utilitarian attitude towards the beasts. If they won't do what I want, I exorcise them as best I can. If they still won't do my bidding I call in reinforcements. Its war, after all. Man vs. Machine. And I constantly wonder how much longer we can manage to stay on top.