A distinct lack of people. That's what I like in my photos, even in Grand Central Station.

September 30th, 2013, 5am

I was on my way back to my apartment in Kips Bay in NYC. The walk took me past Grand Central Station, so I decided to pop in and see how busy it was. Even at about 23:00 (that’s 11 pm in the evening for my American audience) there were still quite a lot of people around.

I found a spot on the staircase, used my jumper as a makeshift support, as tripods were not allowed, and stayed there for the next hour or so. I took a few initial shots, then I simply waited. When a section of the floor that was previously occupied became people-less, I would take another frame. I think I ended up with about 60 or 70 of this particular scene.

When it came to processing this shot, I blended together about 12-15 of these layers to achieve the people-free appearance you see before you. Annoyingly, there were 2 or 3 people that didn’t move in that 60+ minute period, so I had do work some potatoshop magic.

Not many shots of this place show it completely empty, so I hope my hard work paid off.

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Conor MacNeill

Fine-art travel photographer, freelance front-end web developer and martial arts instructor. Head to thefella.com to find out more about me.

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