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  • Writer's pictureBrian Wells

[Photos] Times Square, around midnight

Back in September, I took a somewhat impulsive trip to New York City.

I didn't have any kind of agenda on my trip. I was travelling solo, so I figured I would just see where things took me. For my gear I packed two film Minolta's with prime lenses, and my Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS.

I chose this setup because I wanted something short and wide to be able to take in as much of the scenery as possible. The lens is limited by the F/4 aperture, so I knew I would have to compensate for it in other ways. My plan was to use this setup primarily for the touristy skyline types of photos, and rely on the film bodies for more street-style photos.

But towards the end of the trip, I did end up putting the film bodies away and relying more on the Fujifilm. On my third and final night in the city, after having a drink at my new favorite Manhattan bar (Formerly, Crow's), I found myself in Times Square, right around midnight.

My goal for this set of photos was to capture the energy in Times Square. There were so many different scenes hidden among the flow of people through the streets. The stillness mixed with the lights and the hustle and bustle is something we don't experience much in small town Michigan.

I wish I had more photos from the rolls of film I took while I was out there, but I learned the hard way that the shutter on one of the bodies only fired once out of the 72 times I took a photo.

All photos (C) Brian Wells 2018.

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