Grand Central Terminal

Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal, New York City.


The story: Enjoying the morning rush

Every time I’m in New York with my camera I’m drawn to two locations as if pulled by a magnet: Grand Central Terminal during the morning rush hour and Times Square at night. Both sites are filled with people and provide a number of photo opportunities.

This shot of Grand Central was taken near the end of the morning rush during a November 2007 visit. The sun streaming through the east windows reflects off the floor, backlighting people as they hurry through the Main Concourse to catch trains, subways or cabs.

I was standing on the west balcony and used the railing to stabilize the camera for the long exposure.

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 40D and a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 lens at 16mm. I set the aperture to f/8 to increase both the depth of field and the length of the exposure. The slow shutter speed – half a second at ISO 400 – blurred the people as they walked by.