Crosby Street

This is a simple shot of Crosby Street in SoHo, looking north towards Prince and Houston Streets. It also has very light processing, apart from the HDR conversion.  There is nothing particularly notable about the street (except the very slight item that HDR guru Trey Ratcliff had a book party in a hotel on this block) but it seems pretty in its simplicity.

If anybody cares to weigh in, I’d appreciate comments on whether this qualifies as a landscape shot.  I have been shying away from cityscape or streetscape. Spellcheckers don’t like them either.  The issue, for me, in deciding whether a city scene qualifies as a landscape is how expansive the view is, but I have not yet worked on a specific rule or criterion.  This shot shows the street for about two blocks, even though much of it is out of focus, and I think that’s enough for a landscape designation, but it’s pretty subjective.  Feel free to weigh in with comments. Thanks.

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  1. Great shot Mark! Loving the blur! 🙂

  2. Considering the fact that the “land” has been altered and covered over by human hands, I would not consider this a landscape. I would probably classify it more as a documentary image. But, whatever you choose to call it, I think it’s a great shot!

  3. Hi Mark,

    I am glad you asked this question. Lately, with my landscape photography, I have been trying hard to make sure that my images have a beginning, middle, and end.

    I would categorize this as Buildings & Structures.
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  4. I define them as urban landscapes. Landscape is an expanse of scenery which can be defined as surroundings.

  5. Thanks for the input, everyone. I don’t think there’s a consensus, but I appreciate the different ideas. One last point to clarify: I’m not trying to force these types of images into a categorythat they don’t belong in, and I don’t see any advantage to doing so. It’s not as if there were some huge market for landscape images (as opposed to streetscapes or cityscapes) that I’m trying to tap in to. It’s more just a desire to simplify and limit the categories.

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