This is what it’s looked like outside my house for the last few months. Second avenue and side streets around 83rd (where I live) have been torn up. People have been kicked out of buildings (the one next to mine is going to be some sort of air ventilation system) and every day 83rd street is a different width.
Camera-wise, I shot this with the 5D which I had for a very short while. Yes, it was nice to get the “full effect” with my 20mm lens. But the focus was too slow for me. Odd but my 40D was faster at locking onto subjects, and what I eventually wound up with (and still use at the time of this writing) the Canon TI1 is also faster at locking onto subjects. I was lusting after the Canon 60D for a while, but when I saw that the TI3 was now available (or would be when and if things straighten out in Japan) – what a horrible way to look at things isn’t it? But yes, that’s really the camera I’ll probably ended up. And I’m doing so little shooting recently (working with this blog) that it doesn’t matter anyway.
And this, btw, isn’t even SECOND AVENUE. This is just a side street. The huge Italian restaurant across the street is now long gone. And people walking on first avenue or third avenue whisper to each other: oh, let’s not walk on Second. It’s such a miserable place.
But we are made of stronger stuff. My friend Rojo who runs the bodega on 2nd, says that we should have a banner made, or a flag made: 2ND AVENUE RULES! Or something along those lines. It’s going to take more than a bunch of heavy machinery and constant drilling to bother us.
But the drilling (I think they’ll strike oil soon) and the honking of displaced cars, was so loud, that I had to ask him if to repeat that.