Posts tagged “Street photography

Dogs and Some Comments (Three Photographs)

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The best advice I was ever given on photography was to make more photographs. Emphasis on make. But from that advice came my habit of walking around with a camera whenever I could or was comfortable to do so and trying not to get to stuck on a specific subject. Over the years, while I have narrowed my subjects I never avoid an opportunity to take new or different things. I found these dogs on my walks around town, the shots were taken in B&W on my Fuji and processed in color and one filtered back to B&W. In the shot with a bicycle some errant feet were removed.


More on Making a Photograph (Two Photographs)

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This is a shot of a back alley mural, and my angle of view has put it into context, I am as interested in the mural as the sky and the buildings that frame it. It has been said more than once that one of the reasons Black and White is popular among photographers is that it takes more effort in post-processing to make the photos work. The character and detail that comes out in a monotone image as compared to color has a special impact. To repeat myself from other posts, I take all of my street photographs in black and white with my Fuji camera,when they are imported into my Adobe editing software it converts them to color. There are some things I prefer to do in the color version: reduce noise, sharpen, crop, get the exposure to a starting point before I convert it to B&W and make monochromatic adjustments, e.g. see if a color filter will enhance the detail. So yes there is more work in B&W, but the results are pleasing.


Simple Little Things (Two Photographs)

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Simple little things isolated on their own provide a perspective on city living. The inability to completely hide the infrastructure we depend on and letting it adorn the monotony of common architecture is the reality of every city going back in history. At the same time modest efforts to make one building stand out from another, such as the odd carving are nothing if they cannot be appreciated on their own. I don’t see why we cannot find some element of interest in photographing those simple little things so often crucial to our well-being and lifestyle.


Shadow Doodles (Two Photographs)

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In my posts I have spoken a lot about shapes and form, reflections and shadows. These photographs probably illustrate those concepts better than any thing I could say or write. I thinks its better expressed in the monochrome because the subject is much clearer. In my view it’s art, almost abstract, but a clear result of the right light at the right time of day.


Mailboxes (Three Photographs)

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I like to shoot series, in this case a series of photos of mailboxes. I’ve done this with doors, windows and other things. Once there are enough photos I can cull them further until I have a coherent group of photographs of both the same quality and direction. Sometimes it’s a bit more challenging than it seems. It’s like collecting things, you don’t always find what you want and it can take some time until you have a sufficient number of photos that fit your criteria.


Windows in Black and White (Two Photographs)

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On Tuesday I posted some windows in color, here are two of them in B&W. I think there is more atmosphere in these monochrome photos, not surprising as I took them in B&W. I have been reading more about why shooting in black and white mode on your camera helps with exposure and color. It’s easier to get lighting and shadows where you want them in black and white because you can see them more clearly. Converted to color these details enhance the overall depth of the photo.


Windows (Three Photographs)

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Like doors, windows have their mystery. Many people realize that their home can be seen from the street and put their best foot forward. Makes for a great subject and often some interesting color. Though I will admit I am tempted to do two of these in black and white.