Street Photography

Bicycle in the Snow (Two Photographs)

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I was looking to photograph a bike in the snow, seemed like an easy task in late March. But as the pros will tell you the moment you go looking for something specific it‘s harder to find. As usual the snow had a slight blue tinge and the brick was duller than it should have been. Easy fixes. I prefer the black and white, it has the mood I was looking for.


Variations on A Theme (Three Photographs)

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I like to shoot themes, in this case letter boxes and numbers. I have shot windows, reflections etc. It’s a fun way of taking advantage of having to stick to an urban environment. I use these opportunities to increase my skill with the camera settings and other areas that I will need for action shots or nature. It’s also an opportunity to get some challenging shots to process, or to try new ideas in processing.


Nothing to See Here (Three Photographs)

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Lets call this type of photography intimate urban landscape. I have known photographers who do this work. Apparently it sells well. Far be it for me to defend a genre or a price range, but I do like to shoot this sort of photography.


You Never Know… (Three Photographs)

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I was walking down a main street with dozens of people around when I saw these boots up against a construction fence. My first thought was you couldn’t get props like these for studio work, these were the real Chaplin look. They were pretty cool in colour too, but I shot them in black and white. You never know what you’ll stumble on.


That 50’s American Style (Three Photographs)

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These photos are about a shooting style from the 50’s. I don’t think its got a name but when you look back you notice it. In 1957, Albert Anastasia, a mobster was shot in a barbershop and of course the paparazzi were there quickly and some gruesome scenes were shot. The barbershop above reminded me of that. The second photograph reminded me of New York in the fifties when people were still using variations of the box camera and lens hoods were future inventions so light leaks were common. The shot of the buildings has that glow you used to see in the magazines. Then it was more the result of the processing of the photo for printing than intentional, but still for a while was a feature of the era. Always fun to look at old photographs and get some cool ideas for today.


Winter Defeats Me (Two Photographs)

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There was a time when I went out with double bags, extra batteries, and braved the cold and wet with my cameras. But this past winter defeated me, it was very cold, very snowy and when it wasn’t I was otherwise occupied. Over the years winters have not been my forte for any endeavour so I should not be surprised. As the weather tried to improve I took a few shots, such as these. All I can say is I admire those who venture into the arctic and brutal winters and come back with photos!


No Hesitation (Three Photographs)

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Having spoken a bit about processing, it seems like a good idea to get back to the camera. Unless they are shots of random people in the street I never hesitate to “take the shot”. I hesitate with people only because I have no intention to annoy them so I want to make sure the photo is in fact candid and acceptable. If it is anything else I never hesitate, the moment I begin thinking about why rather than how, I lose the original idea that got me to bring the camera up to my eye. You can be sure not all of these shots survive my review and get processed. But more than enough do. Shoot first ask questions later, may not be a viable approach in everyday life, however, it is sometimes an appropriate approach in photography.