I have many favorite streets in NYC, but Doyers in Manhattan's Chinatown is definitely in my top three. The 200-feet long Doyers Street, once known as “The Bloody Angle,” is a quiet one-block street tucked into Chinatown. It's a few blocks south of bustling Canal Street and just off the Bowery. Doyers St. is an oasis in a very busy area and I find myself returning to it often.
I like to arrive at Doyers by taking Pell Street. Pell is not peaceful as Doyers, but has a stretch of beautiful signs and there is not much automobile traffic.
On Tuesday night, I loaded up the Hasselblad with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film and grabbed my tripod. After setting up my tripod on Doyers Street right by the Post Office, someone walked up to me and asked, “Excuse me, but are you Shawn Hoke?” That usually doesn't happen to me, but after my momentary surprise I recognized online pal DeShaun Craddock. We'd never met before, but have interacted a lot on Flickr, Twitter, and Tumblr. DeShaun had his Rollei loaded with Pan 50 film with him. Since the light was fading fast, he was calling it a day.
After we talked, I shot this view of Doyers Street. This is looking up towards the angle of the street from the Post Office, which is just off the Bowery. It was just getting dark; at f16, the exposure was 15 seconds. I wanted the guys outside of Apotheke to appear a bit more ghostly, but I would have needed a longer exposure, less light, or a filter. I didn't want to wait around, and ultimately I like it fine the way it is.
After each photo, I've posted a link to the large version of Flickr. There is a reason I shoot with medium and large format cameras. Viewing the large version makes it obvious why a DSLR just will not do. You can also view the 4000px version through the link. Enjoy.
Next, I walked along Doyers Street and around the bend to Pell Street. I set up my tripod just off of Pell Street looking down Doyers towards the angle. There was a woman having a smoke break who paid no attention at all to me; she shows up on the left of the image just past the bike. There's also a ghostly person entering the shop across from the parked van.
Finally, I walked over to Pell Street and waited for a few idling cars to leave. The cars pulled away and a gentleman put traffic cones in their places. The cones served as a nice way to lead the eye deeper into the scene. Since it was much darker by then, I shot this at f22 and 30 seconds.
This roll was developed in Kodak Xtol developer using stock solution at 20C for 8 minutes.