Street Photography

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.


Bikes (Three Photographs)

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I looked at these photographs, all taken on different days, and saw a theme. The bright colours bring the photos together, and with a common element make a nice collection. Difficult weather and other considerations are keeping me in the city and out of the forest but thankfully not away from my camera!


Details (Three Photographs)

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Intimate urban landscape is not quite street photography or architecture, it‘s those quirky little things you see in the corners and down the alleys of the city. For me its a matter of seeing things in a way that is unique. I enjoy showing these to people who pass the same spot and never noticed.


A Restaurant (Two Photographs)

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I was trying to use Luminar 2018 for B&W as well as HDR Pro in Photoshop at 32 bit. The results are not bad for black and white photos and it may be a process I will use again.  Skylum is putting all of its efforts into Luminar. Noiseless, Tonality and Intensity CK, programs I use on a daily basis, are now legacy programs not to be updated. Noise reduction in Luminar appears no different than Lightoom and there is no replacement for the filters I use in Intensity CK . So I am trying out all of Luminar’s tricks before even thinking about looking for an alternative.


Street Art (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs could only be done in colour. The striking thing about them is the way in which the art stands out in spite of all the injurious things around it. I can only applaud the growth in quality street art, and the artists who work around all kinds of obstacles, while still managing great work. Most of the artwork I see does not last long before it is replaced by another piece of art.


Little Italy (Three Photographs)

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Just when I think I had taken every possible photo in Little Italy, I find more to shoot. I try to vary the walks but some places are simply un-photogenic while others never cease having interesting things to shoot.


More of Montreal (Three Photographs)

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There are parts of Montreal where everything is covered in street art or graffiti. I haven’t the slightest idea what is behind the doors, nor for that matter do I understand the writing in the graffiti. I found the colour overwhelming, so I did these in black and white, which I think gives a better idea of the details.


Back Alley (Three Photographs)

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We live in town with only a few back alleys. These are from the better of the lot. I think back alleys have a certain draw for photographers because there is so much detail, things out of place and almost everything creatively weathered. In larger cities I have seen more than one photographer in the same alley looking for something unique. In this series we go from the hyper-modern to the old and tired.


Manikins (Three Photographs)

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Ona walk I saw these and took the shots with my Fuji XT-2. The photo above was taken in an antique shopat ISO 12500 (it would not look as good blown up). In addition I used Adobe Photoshop “select subject” and created a mask of the face, so I could lower the brightness of the background slightly. Two more of my “walk about” photographs.


A Story (Two Photographs)

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Walking the streets taking photographs you sometimes come across a scene that tells a story. Maybe even more than one. In taking this picture I did not notice the writing on the wall, I was after the carport and bike combination. Except for my toning down the brightness in the hole in the wall during processing, the Fuji handles scenes like this quite well.


Behind the Door (Two Photographs)

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I am almost certain that your focus is on the dog and he is cute. But somewhere in the back of your mind you’re thinking about the door and what’s behind it. This is one of the things I love about just walking around with a camera, there is always more to know than you can discover. Doors, windows and a few other things often raise possibilities and questions that cannot hurt the impact of a photo. And the dog was not only cute but patient!


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.