Mysterious New York City

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

I’m in a bit of a gloomy mood today, not only for yesterday’s depressing World Cup loss of Team Germany, that was well deserved and does not leave much room for any hope of going very far in this tournament.

I had this post on my launchpad for quite some time now. Trying to look at New York City in a very different way, I took a creative approach in post-processing. After monochrome conversion of my Olympus RAW files in Lightroom Classic CC, I played with selective blurring and darkening to create this moody series about some ironing NYC sites. To see them all continue after the jump….

9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial


9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial


Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building


Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty


Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge


As written many times on this blog, the work in the digital darkroom for me is an essential part of my photography. I need this creative playground to help clear my mind in an almost meditative way from the pressure of the job that pays the bill.

I had doing this kind of post-processing on my mind for quite some time. Let me know what you think of this series in the comments, I would really appreciate feedback.

Wish you a great week!


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  1. Well done Marcus. B/W gives your pictures just that extra moody flavour. Talking about converting to monochrome: have you tried the Nik Silver Efex. I like the additional power over LR.

    1. I really appreciate your feedback, Jim, thanks so much! I do have the Nik Silver Efex plugins, but rarely use them. Habit I guess, but maybe worth revisiting! Thanks for the input! Marcus

  2. Very nice b/w images. I’ve started playing with the Hypocam cell phone app, to shoot pretty nice looking monochrome images. I cut my teeth on years of B/W film photography (I loved my old Olympus OM-2) so this is a bit of a throwback. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I really like the way that you’ve edited these Marcus! I love how you describe the process as a meditation of sorts. I haven’t spent much time in Lightroom yet, but even in the quick editing version that I have been doing on my photos, I can see how the creative process is quite soothing. 🙂

  4. Love the mood, too! You captured the city through this mysterious, moody, dark 🙂 filter or lens. In many ways, these images speak volumes…I believe. Awesome shots as always! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I call it phototherapy, helps no end after a stressful day 🙂 Wonderful captures Marcus. Also, my husband still thinks Germany will win 🙂 Lynne

  6. I agree about the flatiron picture: its a great combination of unusual angle and the balanced juxtaposition of a lamppost and building. The subjects seem to speak to us of a bygone era, possibly even of different eras from each other. And you have excluded all else so you would not know this was in the City. Timeless and Well done.

    I also like the Brooklyn bridge image. I could not have guessed what i was looking at without the title, despite the image of the bridge being so iconic. You found a new way to show it to us!

  7. You are real good at it, Marcus. Your pictures reminds me of an old coffee table book I have of NY city which dates to 1920-30s. Your pictures recreates similar effect. Good one!

  8. Yes, it’s a different New York City. Marcus, these are dramatic photographs and they have a very special mood which makes them to standout in a very beautiful artistic way.
    I understand how you feel; the German team is a very strong team and always was. Sometimes it’s a huge pressure to win which often isn’t helpful.

  9. Wow, you’ve really gone over to the dark side here! These are beautiful shots and the darkness creates a very moody, different feel. Have you used a black gradient at the bottom of each photo or is that a vignette effect with the emphasis on the bottom edge? These are all really nice compositions as well

  10. the 9/11 memorial with the white blossom image…while the memories of those lost on that day will fade with each new generation, the beauty of nature’s blossoms will silently speak of the joys and hopes of life.

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