A gritty shot from Times Square in NYC!
I actually enjoy Times Square. Many people hate it because of the crowds, but it's kind of an interesting place. There are a million different things you can shoot and I have generally enjoyed being there. I wonder if locals hate it?
I took this shot on one of my trips to NY. I am a fan of gritty, grungy city shots anyway, so this was sort of the plan when I arrived. This is a 3 exposure HDR, which helped balance out the neon and stuff, and I had to wait for that bus to start moving so I could capture the light trails. But there's always something to look at, so waiting is not a big deal.
In addition to amping up the details, I reduced the saturation considerably to accentuate the gritty urban look. Too much saturation makes it "prettier", sorta of. Just a few minutes in Aurora HDR and it's done!