Sleepless In Manhattan by billyboy

Canvas Prints


Sizing Information

Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 18.0" x 12.0"
Large 24.0" x 16.0"
X large 30.0" x 20.0"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching

35,157 views, 525 faves, 53 features, 101 sales – February 2015
New York City, USA
Canon EOS 100, EF 28-80 USM, Fuji Reala color negative film, converted to digital with Canon film scanner FS 2710. BW conversion in PS3.

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Taken from top of the Empire State Building, NYC, 10:00 PM… all that was missing was the Batman logo reflecting off the overcast sky, and strains of Gershwin melodies riding on the wind.
In fact it was so windy up there I had to jam my lightweight tripod against the wall with my knee to keep everything still. Out of 8 takes from 4 different views, this was the only one to come out sharp enough to use.

Originally shot on Fuji 100 ISO color print film with a Canon EOS-100 SLR and 28-80mm lens, scanned to digital on a Canon FS2710 negative scanner, then seriously edited in Photoshop. I decided to post the BW conversion as the inspiration from Batman and Gershwin was just too overwhelming to pass on when I saw what effect the monochrome had on the overall dynamic.

Aside from the BW conversion (simply destaurated the master), I have to admit this take has been seriously tweaked, mainly using level and contrast tools in PS2 in selected areas… kind of like the way a dark room technician would dodge and burn a BW print from a negative a gazillion years ago…

Here’s what came out of the scanner before the tweaks to give a before & after comparison:


Favourite Places you Take, Make or Paint – Monochrome / Black & White
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Challenge Accepted – From Rooftops and Windows
All About New York State – New York By Night
All About New York State – New York, New York !!!
Postcard Destinations – March 2014 Feature Challange
We Sell it Fast – Your Best Sold Work
BassenThorpe Gallery – City Skylines
Downtown – View from a Skyscraper

Thanx so much to everyone who dug this enough to let me know ♥


  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 7 years ago

    Fantastic in B&W!!! Very Gotham city….

  • madison07
    madison07over 7 years ago

    WOW…that’s really captured how busy it is that’s for sure!!!

    Nicely Done =]

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Belinda and Madison. It does look a bit Gotham… the city that never sleeps—at 10 PM it doesn`t look like it`s even thinking of going to bed!

    This one needs to be seen at the larger view!

  • Steve  Roe
    Steve Roeover 7 years ago

    great shot b/w impression!

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaover 7 years ago

    Stunning work – love it!

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 7 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous shot. WOW Amazing lighting

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Steve, Paul and Jeff for commenting.

    Jeff, I saw your IR shots in your gallery… are they from film? I’ll post one or two of mine later if you want to stop by…

    Cheers, Bill

  • oisin
    oisinover 7 years ago

    Gershwin – Raphsody in Blue – Woody Allen, or Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster – Sweet Smell of Success – so many films about New York… Beautiful image.

  • mick8585
    mick8585over 7 years ago

    It says one word to me ’ Metropolis ’. It says New York to me. Great shot.

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks guys. The original is in color, but this version does the Gershwin thing for me and that makes it nostalgic—yeah, Allen, Curtis, Langcaster… jeeze, NYC is an awesome place. Very little comes close.

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