In ‘Rain on 5th Avenue’, Luke Bhothipiti gets a classic documentary feel
Black-and-white can add a timeless feel to street photography, where colour is often just a little prosaic and ordinary. “This image was take on my first summertime trip to New York,” says Luke Bhothipiti. “Purely a ‘right place, right time’ kind of scenario. I was fortunate enough to have my D700 at hand to grab the shot. A higher than normal ISO setting allowed for a faster shutter speed under the dark rainclouds in order to stop the rain. Like all of my black-and-white images, this was processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro.” Luke’s shot works because of the strong tonal contrasts in the lighting. These come to the fore when the distraction of colour is taken away.
RAIN ON 5th AVENU E LUKE BHOTHIPITI Nikon D700, Nikon 28mm f/2.8, 1/ 1000 sec, f/4.5, ISO800