Chrysler Building New York City Midtown Manhattan Photography black and white B&W Canvas Metal Print Wall Art Poster decor Gift Present
After a long day of shooting in the city, I made my way against the brisk winter wind to Grand Central Station, to catch the last train home. As I approached the ornate revolving doors of the famous terminal, I looked up and saw the Chrysler Building shining brightly into the night above. I stopped momentarily to take in the beautiful sight... and almost got run over by a cab.
I had stopped suddenly with all my photo gear on my back, in the middle of a busy interception to revel in the beautiful sight. Upon the shrill horn of an angry cab driver trying to get home, I ran to the side walk and pulled out my camera.
It was late on a frozen autumn night and the light was so low that I needed to secure my camera on a tripod and do a long exposure in order to get sufficient light for a sharp image. After plenty of experimenting, I found I had to get down on my stomach a few inches from the ground to get the most dramatic shot. The only problem was the exact location I needed to be was in the middle of a busy crosswalk with yellow taxis flying by.
I needed a 15 second window to get my long exposure, and I had to time it between the lights. The traffic signal would turn red, and I ran to my spot in the middle of the interception, dropped down on my stomach and opened the camera shutter. I tensely counted the seconds in my hand, praying for no glitch in the traffic rhythm which would see me run over by the countless taxis that dropped their passengers off at this very station.
Right at the 15 second mark, I closed the shutter, sprang up clutching my gear closely and sprinted to the side walk just in time to avoid the tide of vehicles trampling across the asphalt upon seeing their green light. I had to repeat this madness 3 or 4 times before I got the exact shot I craved, but upon seeing the final take from the back of my camera, I knew I had fulfilled my vision and I scrambled to the side gratefully, barely disturbed by the spewing of profanity by the outraged motorists that drove across my 'spot' merely seconds after I has vacated it!
There are 3 ways to print these images, glossy paper printing, metallic style printing and canvas printing.
1) Glossy Paper Prints are professional quality glossy paper prints. They have a nice sharp and glossy finish and are only available in 8 in x 10 in. They are designed to be placed in a frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local dollar store or Walmart).
2) Metallic Paper Prints are much sharper, more vivid and the colors more intense than any other printing method I've ever seen. These are bigger. They start at 12inx18in and go all the way up to 30x45!
The official description states the following.
Warning: Technical jargon.
Kodak Metallic paper features an increased color gamut for stronger, brighter, more vibrant colors. It allows bright whites and rich deep blacks. This is not a cheap substitute to a metal print. It is genuine Kodak silver halide photographic paper, exposed digitally on our Noritsu or $150,000 Chromira printer, in sizes all the way up to 30”x45”.
I recommend getting the biggest piece you can fit on your wall, as the printing price only goes up gradually as you double, triple or quadruple the size of the print.
Note: This special metallic-paper printing, ships unframed in a box or cardboard tube, to ensure safe delivery.
The delivery time for printing, packaging and shipping on a customized metallic paper print is around 3-5 business days.
3) Canvas Printing is a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs. This also has the advantage of not needing a frame. They come "gallery wrapped". This is a high quality canvas, stretched and stapled onto a set of 1.2 inch deep wooden stretcherbars that give it shape, in the same way an oil painting is typical stretched. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important). It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall. Once the stretched canvas print arrives and is in your hands, you then have the option of framing it locally if you decide you want that look, instead of the no-frame "gallery wrap" look.
Even $5 million homes commonly have unframed work on their walls, depending on the decor style in that home.
The delivery time for printing, packing and shipping on a customized canvas print is around 14 business days.
Any canvas print bigger than 2ftx4ft is shipped unmounted. This is because shipping large mounted artwork is extremely expensive as it needs to have a special wooden crate built for it, put on a shipping palet, go through a special cargo trucking service etc. This can cost $200-$500 dollars to ship just one piece, depending on size.
So for bigger pieces the canvas is rolled up in a tube and securely sent in the mail. When you receive it, you then take it to a local frame shop and you can get them to mount it, called "stretching a canvas".