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The Stock Exchange, NYC

The Stock Exchange is a hard shot to take as it's hard to back away to capture the entire image. I was waiting for the security guards outside of the exchange to tackle me as I set up my tripod on one of the ledges across the street. The sun was coming through the buildings at the perfect time as I scrambled to take this shot before it passed. I felt as if the heavens were pointing a spotlight creating a very dramatic lighting effect in this photo. I decided to keep parts of it very dark to emphasize the mood of that very second. I hope you enjoy.


TIP - Most people are probably aware of this but I usually take 3 exposures (-2, 0 +2) which i find to suffice in most situations, however when you have a strong light, direct sunlight or a very bright reflection it's best to take an even lower exposure (-4) to capture the detail around the reflection. Just an idea.

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Taken on January 9, 2010