The ever famous "vibe" of New York City, the busy streets and constant movement rain or shine. These were some of the elements I was trying to capture in the below photographs. The deliberate motion blur, strong colours and key NYC elements were all factors I was using in attempt to portray the energy in the streets. I was having a ton of fun with this project and would like to go back to capture more of this energy. I am also thinking of turning this into a series by shooting the same style in Montreal. The "vibe" in Montreal is not the same as NYC, however there is a vibe nonetheless and the challenge will be to capture that essence in a still image.
Technically speaking, all shots were hand held shooting at 1/10s. I found this shutter speed to be the key factor in order to balance the image from looking way too abstract or from just looking slightly out of focus. From that point, I usually took a step forward while panning with the camera. At the end of the day it was a fun experiment and I learnt a lot about my lenses while going through this process. The next time you take a trip try to shoot in a different manner. Of course take some the typical shots and work your magic but sometimes stepping into a completely different mindset will really open you up to new styles of shooting. As I mentioned above, the biggest component or reason why I tried this out was in order to convey that sense of movement / energy in the NYC streets. From that original thought I was able to get some really different types of photographs and I am pumped to try this out in Montreal!