I am moderately obsessed with this building located in New York’s Chinatown. It has an unusual shape, partly due to it being triangle corner flatiron type building, and partly because it stands taller and apart from its closest neighbors. But I have found it difficult to get a composition of it that I like. On this particular day I had an additional self-imposed handicap, as I was trying to shoot exclusively with a 50mm lens.
I like this, but sometimes I wish I had shot it directly opposite the side with the fire escape, instead from this angle that I captured here. I really love the story that the fire escape tells, especially with the laundry hanging on one floor. Doing so, however, would have caused a loss of most of the front rounded corner windows, which I also wanted to capture. This just seems to be one of those buildings that is filled with such trade-offs, based on its shape, detail, and how it is situated in its environment. I have probably 2 dozen captures of it so far and none of them fully satisfy me, so I’ll just keep trying.
This was taken during a Google+ Chinatown Photo Walk last October. Here is a strong picture of the building taken that day by my friend Bob Lussier. He zoomed in kind of close, and it might be that this building will not lend itself to a single iconic shot that captures all of its glory. Instead of getting one great shot that I love I might have to be happy with getting several shot that I am proud of.
Finally, every time I post a shot and explain that I am not fully happy with it, I almost inevitably get one or more comments assuring me that it is fine and I’m being over critical. As much as I appreciate that, I also wonder if people think I’m asking for such reassurance. I’m not. When I self-criticize in public, it’s more like thinking out loud. I’m trying to work out what I did right, what I did wrong, and how to make it all better going forward. Now if you’re response to this is still to think the shot is better than I indicate, by all means say so, I’m certainly not looking to discourage that. But also please feel free to agree, make a suggestion, or anything else.