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A City's Patience

Joshua Ball

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Razgrad, Ra - Bulgaria

Congratulations on your sale!!

Duncan, Ok - United States

Very, Very Nicely done. Love this! Congratulations on your sale!

Chalmette, LA - United States

Cool....Congratulations! f

Christchurch, E9 - New Zealand

Joshua.Wow Love this work of art Congrats on your sale!!

La Plata, Bu - Argentina

congrats

Budapest, H - Hungary

Excellent artwork.Congratulations on your sale.

London - United Kingdom

Congratulations on your sale!

San Francisco, CA - United States

Fabulous image, perseverance pays off, congrats on your sale! L

Sandwich, MA - United States

Great image! Congratulations, Joshua!

DEVON - United Kingdom

awesome shot, congratulations!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Outstanding shot, love the treatment too!

Indian Trail, NC - United States

What a wondeful photo! And thank you for taking the time to write your experience of capturing this precise moment in time. It is beautiful.

Springfield, MO - United States

Very colorful and engaging. I want to explore and window shop. Congratulations!

Smithfield, VA - United States

Wow. Breathtaking view. Congrats on your sale.

Hemet, CA - United States

Fantastic Work. Congratulations on the sale today.

Budapest, H - Hungary

Congratulations on your sale...........Odon.

Raleigh, NC - United States

I really like this. Great use of HDR. Congrats!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Stunning, love the pov, congrats!

Horten - Norway

What a great result! Absolutely worth the trouble! :-)

Iasi, Ia - Romania

Congratulations on your sale!

Mesa, AZ - United States

Great shot! I absolutely love the colors and especially the fishbowl effect of the buildings. Well worth your patience and determination to get it right. You sure did that! v/f/tweeted.

Gladewater, TX - United States

Such a unique shot! Interesting to study as you turn your head and twist to see new details! Love it! :). Fav, voted! :)

Fort Wayne, IN - United States

Great perspective.

Fort Worth, TX - United States

I love the back story on this...GREAT work!! Added to watchlist

Daytona Beach, FL - United States

Excellent!!!

New Preston, CT - United States

The angled composition adds such a wonderful tension to an already dramatic scene

Newcastle, WY - United States

uniquely your own ...love it....vf....barbhenry

Pittsburgh, pa - United States

F/V This is Awesome!!

Glendale, AZ - United States

This is really a nice piece! voted

Joshua Ball replied:

I appreciate that! Thank you!

Peru, IN - United States

Love the distortion and color.

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you very much!

Chapmansboro, TN - United States

The depth is just awesome -- love the colors. Congratulations.

Joshua Ball replied:

I'm humbled... thank you very much!

Mt Gambier, So - Australia

Wow....congratulations on your sale!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you!

Silute, Si - Lithuania

Oh WOW This makes me dizzy.... :-) Beautiful work. Congrats on your sale!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you for checking it out and leaving a comment!

Destrehan, LA - United States

Wonderful picture!Very interesting!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you very much!

B.S., MO - United States

Congrats on your sale!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thanks!

Yorba Linda, CA - United States

Congratulations on your sale!

Joshua Ball replied:

Much appreciated! Thank you!

Victoria, Me - United States

Love it, Joshua!! Congratulations on your sale!!!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you!

San Antonio, TX - United States

Joshua, I really enjoyed reading the backstory, and love, love, LOVE this breathtaking image! Congratulations! :-)

Joshua Ball replied:

Wow.... I really appreciate the kind words. Thank you so much!

Longmont, CO - United States

very cool! Congrats!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you very much!

Snohomish, WA - United States

Super-duperdee-spectacular. Love it. Love the angle. Congrats on your sale and many more.

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you!

Saint Petersburg, RU - Russian Federation

like this work

Miami (USA), Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) - United States

Gorgeous photograph effects, congratulations on your sale and HAPPY 2012!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you! Happy 2012 to you as well!

Parma, OH - United States

I don't know if this is the first time you sold this one, but I know its well deserved. I favorites this as one of my first favorites on FAA! Congrats on the sale!

Joshua Ball replied:

I am truly humbled! Thank you!

B.S., MO - United States

Congratulations on your sale Joshua!

Joshua Ball replied:

I am ecstatic! Thanks!

Talkeetna, AK - United States

Great shot! Thanks for not giving up, just like you said "Very few things are ever given to us. Most of us have to work hard and wait patiently for the things we want in life."

Joshua Ball replied:

Absolutely true! Thank you!

Oakland, NJ - United States

Great shot. Thanks so much for that description, it really puts one in the picture so to speak. Congratulations on the sale. And a beautiful execution of HDR. Definitely worth the patience you had to summon.

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you so much! I appreciate it!

Victorville, CA - United States

Two thumbs up Joshua. Great piece.. and a nice twist!

Joshua Ball replied:

I appreciate that!

Greeley, CO - United States

Favorite part of a city! Night Lights abound...Awesome Picture Dear!!! :)

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you kindly!

Brookeville, MD - United States

absolutely thrilled about your sale of this exquisite and wildly unusual image!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you Lois! I really appreciate that! Thank you for all your kind comments!

Overland Park, KS - United States

Sweet Shot! Great Color & Composition! Nice!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you!

Peru, IN - United States

Unusual shot like a fish-eye lens but more exaggerated...very cool.

Joshua Ball replied:

It was definitely a fish eye!

Longmont, CO - United States

Love this!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thanks!

Littleton, CO - United States

WOW! Masterful! -- Joe.

Joshua Ball replied:

I appreciate that!

Deux-Montagnes, QC - Canada

love the way it looks

Joshua Ball replied:

Gracias!

Rome, GA - United States

classic

Joshua Ball replied:

Thanks!

Cocoa Beach, FL - United States

This is excellent in all aspects!

Joshua Ball replied:

I really appreciate that!

Pueblo, CO - United States

I like this!

Joshua Ball replied:

Thank you!

Toledo, OH - United States

Thank you all for the kind comments!

Gastonia, NC - United States

Wonderful work!

New York, NY - United States

This is truly fantastic!!!

New York, NY - United States

Great shot, very worth the effort and time. Well done.

Naples, FL - United States

I agree, it's an amazing photo. I have found that the only time I seem to have patience and no fear is when I am taking pictures!

Brookeville, MD - United States

absolutely mind blowing capture!!!!!!! I loved reading your description ... congratulations on getting the shot under such amazing and trying circumstances!!!!!!!! It was WELL worth it!!!!!!!

Greenfield, IN - United States

I love this!!!! This is so amazing! Beautiful job Joshua! :)

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Title

A City's Patience

Artist

Joshua Ball

Medium

Photograph

Description

I recently visited New York to try and capture some images of the city that were uniquely my own. After a rather large winter storm, I headed out into the city alone. I started in Brooklyn and eventually made my way to Central Park where I spent a few hours wandering around and shooting the freshly fallen snow. After I left the park, I headed up 7th Avenue back towards Times Square. I really didn�t have a mission, I just wanted to take in as much of the city as I could.

During my walk back, I passed a street that immediately grabbed my attention. The moon was slowly creeping across the sky and it was showering the wet pavement with an eerie glow. The headlights from a distant convoy of taxis mixed perfectly with the yellow tinge of the streetlights to create a colorful New York city pallet of colors. I walked down the street a bit trying to frame the shot and I eventually stopped in between two trees that I wanted to incorporate into the image. Once I was happy with the position, I unpacked the tripod slung across my back and set-up in the middle of the street.

In order to create this HDR photograph, I needed at least one 30 second exposure due to the nature of this technique. I soon found out that 30 seconds without traffic was a rarity, even on a side street. I could see the traffic light at the end of the street and each time it turned red I ran into the middle of the road and setup my tripod. On my first try, I got about 20 seconds into the exposure and a taxi cab came racing down the street honking its horn as I was obviously blocking his path. On my second attempt, I had to move for a snow plow that was lumbering down the street with a line of inpatient drivers immediately following it. On my third attempt, the first scenario repeated itself as a line on taxis came barreling through the side street. Each time I moved for traffic, I was forced to jump into about 18 inches of snow piled up on the sidewalk. This delicate dance of setting up and jumping out of the way continued over and over again.

A smarter man would have just moved on but I refused to leave without getting the shot. After about twenty minutes of pure trial and error, I finally manged to complete the 30 second exposure. Content with the image, I packed up the tripod and headed down the street back towards Times Square.

I am fast learning that many kinds of photography take patience and perseverance. You may have a good location and the necessary equipment, but that doesn�t mean that you�re going to walk away with the shot. This is especially true in urban settings where constant movement can be both a friend and an enemy. The patience and perseverance that is needed for photography mirrors many other aspects of life. Very few things are ever given to us. Most of us have to work hard and wait patiently for the things we want in life. This photograph reminds me of that. I knew the shot that I wanted and I wasn�t going to give up until I got it, even with so many forces working against me.

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