Pigeonholed

Pigeonholed by Thomas Gehrke
Pigeonholed, a photo by Thomas Gehrke on Flickr.
I've really been struggling with this one and it's to the point where, imperfect as it may be, I need to get it out of my system and on to other things before all of you who have recently started following me in various places (Flickr, Google+) start thinking, "What's this guy do all the time?!"

So here's the deal... I took this from the room I was staying in which was very close to Times Square. I thought the pattern created by the clouds overhead were interesting as was the art deco style of the building (a little Gotham City-ish). I took three exposures to make sure I got detail in the heavily sunlit areas as well as the deeper shadows and thought I had something pretty good to work with.

Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where what was in my head hasn't worked out as well as I had hoped. My angle was pretty fixed and because of the way the buildings are arranged, my options for composition were extremely limited.

One of the things that struck me while I was taking my pictures is how each of these windows probably represented a person. And if they represented people, then the building represented an organized storage system for rows and stacks of people. Thus the Pigeonholed title. (I considered Personholed since we aren't talking about pigeons, but that seemed... ill advised.)

To fix some composition problems as well as to give the impression that the building might go on far beyond the borders of the photo, I adjusted the lines to make for a more isometric projection look. I think his worked really well in the upper, right-hand corner with the deep shadows.

I'm still not completely happy with it so please feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Constructive criticism is always welcome. It's how I learn.

At any rate, maybe I can get past my block now and start posting photos with a little more regularity.