The Library

Yesterday I spent about an hour at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. I took some pictures and saw a lot of cool photographs in an exhibit there. My biggest surprise about the library is there were very few books. Lots of auditoriums and hallways and tabled reading rooms devoid of books. One area had a bunch of books but they were all dictionaries.

So here is a tiny selection of the photographs I created there. I'm also giving you the shot information which might inspire you to experiment with your photography. There is no a lot of light in the NYPL plus I like a little over exposure in this setting so adjustments must be made. 

I did not use a tripod and did not set the camera on a solid surface - everything was shot handheld. 

Photo 1 - I took this because I liked the solitude (I had to wait a few minutes because people kept walking up and down the stairs into my frame), the angle, the light and the texture.


Exposure: 1/40 sec, f/1.6, ISO 1250

I took a few shots in this hallway until I got what I wanted. My shutter speed was 1/5 sec (which is very slow, especially for handheld) because I wanted the people to be in motion and distorted. Again I was attracted to the light and intentionally overexposed to give it an ethereal look. I also liked the perspective. My aperture at 6.3 was to keep the depths of the shot in focus.


Exposure: 1/5 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000

I wanted this shot because of the subjects - the grouping of the men in the painting and the girls on the bench. Both are engaged in conversation and I thought their expressions were similar in feel. The light was low and not ideal but I think I managed to use my settings to get what I wanted.


Exposure: 1/50 sec, f/1.6, ISO 2000

And finally...The Selfie. I'll let you figure out how and why I shot this one.


Exposure: 1/50 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000