Street Photography

Patio (Two Photographs)

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I was walking through an area with a lot of restaurants and this patio jumped out because of the chiaroscuro lighting. The flowers framed by the darker background just caught my eye. The choice in the end is high contrast black and white or a more colourful and muted shot.


Drama (Three Photographs)

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Nothing like a little drama. Muting colours, adding contrast, luminosity masks, all add a touch of drama to an overcast and other wise indifferent day. Shot with a Fuji XT-3, 18-55 lens, exposure bracketed shots, HDR in Photoshop.

 


Contrast (Two Photographs)

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When I was just starting out in photography I learned that out of place objects made for great photographs, to use the technical term finding contrasting objects. At the time I could not afford two camera bodies – one for colour and the other for black and white film. Colour to black and white conversion was possible but again then out of my league. It was clear to me that colour often overwhelmed the subject and that black and white had more subtly to it. This is a perfect example.


Contrast (Three Photographs)

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There is one thing I look for when doing city/street/urban landscapes and that is contrast. Contrast means I have a choice of colour or black and white. It makes the photo stand out that much better. In my view, color contrast, contrast between objects etc. make for great photos.


Street Photography (Two Photographs)

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My street photography has lacked a human dimension, by that I mean people. But I hope to change that and borrow some techniques I have seen used by other photographers. In the first the dutch tilt makes it look like the camera is grasping at meaning, and in the second leading lines direct the eye to a rather fuzzy conclusion.


City Quirks (Three Photographs)

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I have had a great deal of fun taking photos like these, call them intimate urban landscapes. They lend themselves to a bit of creativity and thought. They also permit some creative editing (removing the odd poster or an out of place paint streak).


Quirky (Two Photographs)

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Because the leading lines go in the opposite direction than doctrine would suggest, the photograph is somewhat quirky. The idea in my mind was it illustrated that whatever is deposited goes into the unknown.


Garden (Two Photographs)

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I keep coming across these lawns where attempts have been made to garden. Trying to get the right angle on the best part of these “wild” urban gardens is the biggest challenge. But the effort often pays off in a nice photo.

 

 


An Example (Two Photographs)

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I try to spend as little time processing as I can. Three of the many things I spend time on are the crop, the horizon (the straightening of the photo), and white balance. In this case the crop is unusual, the inclusion of the door unsettles what might have been minimalist photography. And while my intention was always to produce a black and white version I did work on the colour before the conversion to black and white (the white balance was problematic due to a cyan colour cast). The fixes I mention take time, but without the effort the results would not be to my liking.


Straight No.2 (Two Photographs).

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In Monday’s post I complained about the lack of straight lines. I have decided to give up and go with what I saw. These are the back windows of a hotel in broad daylight.  The results of the light, shadows and clouds is abstract and compelling. I am not sure that this works quite as well in colour.


Demonic Tea Party (Two Photographs)

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I came across this scene in a local garden thinking that it was kind of cute. Then I realized that all the crockery was just tossed about. At that point I had no idea what I was looking at. This is what I like about street photography, it makes you look and find interesting things, angles and ideas.


Cartoon Art (Three Photographs)

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This week all the photographs have been processed with Photolemeur and Luminar. The scenes here are HDR in Photoshop and adjusted with the above software. To some degree I think Skylum took a step back when it concentrated its efforts on Luminar rather than the separate apps of the Creative Kit. But in reality things move on. More comments as the week goes on.


There is no such thing as straight line! (Two Photographs)

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One of the advantages of high-end processing programs like Photoshop is that you have many tools to straighten your lines and horizon. One of the downsides of high-end processing programs like Photoshop is that you can spend all day with the transform tools and be only slightly better off. Now I am not an expert but I am finding few straight lines in my urban photographs. Sure I give it a try in post-processing and I find more tools and techniques all the time, but frankly this is the most time-consuming element of processing some urban photos. When I find a tool that works for me I will pass the info straight along.


Shadows (Two Photographs)

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These are the fun street photographs that are both simple but made interesting by shadows. Photographers often talk about the importance of the time of day, emphasizing sunrise or sunset. What you don’t hear enough about is the rest of day when the sun is angled making for interesting shadows.


Closed (Three Photographs)

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Don’t you hate it when the open sign is lit and the store is closed. I don’t think these make a perfect triptych, but they may come in handy as illustrations for my next book. Though my first book is moving slowly, I do like to write.

 


As Intended (Two Photographs)

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When I do window display shots like these my first thought is that this is not what the window designer intended. My angle and my choice of what to shoot, changes the intended display into another form of art. Window displays are sometimes works of art that have impact on viewers, much like photography.


Relaxed (Two Photographs)

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The chairs add to this relaxing scene. The photography adds context, texture, and lighting. Eventually I will have enough photographs in this theme for another series of photographs and set of prints.


That Political Look (Two Photographs)

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There is a restaurant with two statues on the roof that I believe are meant to represent the Blues Brothers. I was walking by and it looked like an East German politician giving a speech. After many masks, Luminar’s A.I, Sky Enhancer, Photolemur and a bunch of other tricks in my software package I got the mood I was after.

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Market Things (Three Photographs)

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After the last major Photography Marketing Show I was left wondering what some of the camera companies were thinking. One company putting out so many models at once created some confusion of what is for whom and why (itself creating a market for articles on how to choose). But confusion there is, when you have to read a lot of material to choose or depend on a store clerk to choose a camera. I am glad I am not shopping for a new camera.


Window Display (Two Photographs)I

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I have a hard time choosing between these two versions of the same photograph. I often find that window displays, or at least part of them make for excellent and often moody photographs. They give a flavour of the neighbourhood, a taste of style and often tell a story.


Sidewalk Chairs (Three Photographs)

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I am always surprised by what I find on the sidewalk. Over a few days I came across these chairs and thought they made a great series. You can see earlier posts this week as to how they were processed. I would add that the camera angles I chose were purposeful and intended to add a bit of oddity to the shots.


Doors (Three Photographs)

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On my walks I cannot resist doors, few of which end up meriting processing but a few stand out for their creativity, style texture etc. My fascination probably lies more with the quirky designs than what might be behind the doors.


Mondrian Driveway

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I was walking and looking for back alleys with interesting things to shoot when I found this small, but extraordinary driveway. The first thing I thought of was the painter Mondrian, but this is a simpler bit of work, still wonderful and amusing. It’s nice to see someone takes the worst part of a building and does something to make it better.


Halloween? (Three Photographs)

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The stores have been preparing for Halloween since August, so I guess it‘s never too early for a few spooky shots. A gnome in a garden and an outdoor veranda for a bar, life made spooky. Though I will freely admit these scenes looked less spooky before I processed them.