1155 Avenue of the Americas

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 18 June 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Location: New York City

Many years ago, at a (resting, possibly dead) website called 2point8, photographer Michael David Murphy wrote about what he referred to as "No Flash Corner," which is the intersection of Post and Grant streets in downtown San Francisco. At certain times of the year, the sunlight reflects off the mirrored windows of the surrounding buildings in just the right way so as to reach all the way down to the street level, bathing it with a swath of bright, natural light that, for a couple of hours each day, creates some impressive lighting effects (there is even a Flickr pool dedicated to photos taken there: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whileseated/sets/548932/ ... check it out!)

Not surprisingly, similar effects happen in many other cities around the world, including New York City, which is where this photo was taken (except mid-block, not the corner.) I stood in this spot for maybe 30 minutes, taking several photos each minute as the scene changed. Alas, as often happens when one "sprays and prays" in an attempt to achieve higher quality photos by taking a higher quantity of them, most of mine from that afternoon were junk and quickly discarded.

Except for this photo, which for reasons I can't put into words, somehow works for me...