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Bob Boyd’s Beautiful Photographs of NYC Will Draw You in and Keep You Scrolling

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Sometimes, you want to take a break from all the gimmicky photography out there — the expertly manipulated surreal self-portraits, interesting twists on old concepts and fun forced perspective photo sets — and browse through some modern-day photography that is just plain good.

This is photography that rests, not upon heavy processing or viral potential, but great composition and a profound understanding of light. I reached that point recently, and it was Bob Boyd‘s photography that I found myself scrolling through.

Boyd is, by his own description, “a mastering engineer with a photography habit.” And while we can’t vouch for his mastering capabilities, we are definitely impressed by his ability to captivate us with his photography.

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Recently, Boyd took a trip to New York City with his wife and four boys, aged 11-17. It was the photographs from this trip that we stumbled across, and against all odds (NYC is, after all, one of the most photographed places on earth) we couldn’t stop scrolling.

As mentioned above, this is just plain good photography. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself:

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The iconic Atlas statue at Rockefeller Center.

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All of the pictures were taken with a Leica M and either a 21, 35, 50, or 90mm lens. It’s a travel kit that Boyd told us he’s been building up for about 5 years, and he loves it.

“I love the Leica M for personal work because it allows me to carry a small bag and have a very flexible, high quality full frame system,” he told us over email. “Just the exercise of shooting manual rangefinder makes you slow down and be more considerate, more deliberate. The images I shoot with it tend to have a different feel than what I shoot with an SLR.”

To see more of the photographs he captured while in New York City, head over to his SmugMug album by clicking here, or visit his photography website here. You can also follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

(via Steve Huff Photo)


 
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  • ennuipoet

    As a New Yorker, I think understanding when and where the light will be right to shoot is what makes the difference in your photos. You need to be there in different seasons, different times to really make the most compelling photos. Clearly, Boyd has! :)

  • Jack B. Siegel

    I hope you have a need to view just great photographs more frequently.

  • http://www.gannonburgett.com Gannon Burgett

    Thanks for letting us know, Jack! It’s something we’ll be sure to work on doing more often :)

  • Manuel Cordero

    If you go on flickr and look for ny photos you will find pretty much the same. what makes this guy stand out? his unique style.

  • Rob Dickinson

    Saturation maxed, lens flare, instagram like filters, and no gimmicks?

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    Hey look, it’s that guy! The one who always feels the need to jump in every time photos are posted and unilaterally declare them ‘bad’ or ‘overrated’, usually with a tired, e-snarky reference to ‘hipsters’ or ‘instagram’.

    LENS FLARE IS BAD I WOULD NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN WHILE I SHOOT TEST CHARTS IN MY MOMS BASEMENT.

    Let’s all point and laugh at him.

  • Guest

    Agree. Some decent compositions, but misleading write up to the images I just viewed.

  • WKYA_Radio

    No.

    As someone who will soon debut several series on new york landscapes and views, when i saw the headline i was prepared be be like “oh shyte!”

    Now I’m like, “oh really?”

    Sorry, but these are not great. At all. Makes me feel better :) (wipes brow)

    PS- Not looking to demean a fellow photog, but i like to call a spade a spade. Keep shooting

  • WKYA_Radio

    Agreed.

  • Arnold Newman

    Not bad. I enjoyed the look.

  • Thomas Soerenes

    Today I learned that lens flare “will draw you in and keep scrolling”.

  • otterprods

    I’ll admit that I don’t have much of an eye for photography, but these just look like some guy went on vacation to NY, took a bunch of snapshots, then amped them all up in Lightroom. What am I missing? Someone please teach me.