Posts tagged “Street photography

Chiaroscuro in Colour (Two Photographs)

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I showed these same photos in black and a white a week ago. They also work in colour, but in this case the shadows, for example, do not have the same impact as they do in black and white. In my view colour or black and white is often a choice, and both might be just as pleasing.


Chiaroscuro (Two Photographs)

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Chiaroscuro is a term for the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, modeling with light in painting and drawing. I have yet to see a definition that applies chiaroscuro directly to photography. But it does often apply.


What’s It Worth? (Two Photographs)

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I have always wondered why some of the world’s most expensive modern photographs were worth the price. The photographs in this post mimic one such photograph. In an art gallery on seeing a photograph valued in the low six figures, I asked the gallery owner why it was so expensive. I was told it’s not the photo alone that sets the price but the fact that it was printed on special paper with special inks. And while some papers and some inks make a difference I could not see it making that much of difference. Some things are just bluff.


Formats (Two Photographs)

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Besides deciding to shoot in portrait or landscape format, we have to decide what format to cut the photo down to e.g. 8×10, or 4×5. There may be a number of factors at play over and above the subject matter. But the one trap is filling the frame in camera in such a way that you cannot format the photograph in post production, the subject fills the screen. I make this mistake every so often and the portrait shot here is one case of that.


Just There (Two Photographs)

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Studio and professional photography often involve finding a location for a subject to be shot in. Just that step can take a lot of time and effort. But there is almost always something “just there” on my walks, that rises to the level of classic photographic art. I am not alone, I seldom go a day in good weather without seeing another photographer on the hunt.


Window (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs, or edits of the same image are designed to make a specific point. I should not have to squint to figure out what the subject is in any photograph. But I often have to and that’s a problem.


Intimate Urban Landscape (Two Photographs)

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I do not remember when I first heard the phrase “Intimate Urban Landscape” used to describe photos of bits and pieces of what we see in the urban landscape. I like it, it captures the subject without making us misuse titles like street photography or architectural photography.


Street Glass (Two Photographs)

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I found these as they are. They made me look twice and that is my objective, to shoot photographs that make people look (often popularly called “impact”). There is a lot of “language” in photography, some is not entirely clear to everyone and I have seen several dictionaries on line, none of them complete.


A Walk (Two Photographs)

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I have walked this route more times than I can count, and taken almost as many photos. Today I’m wondering when I will get back there with my camera. We live in uncertain times. All is well at my end and I hope it is at yours as well.


Windows (Two Photographs)

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There is an endless number of variations on how windows (with or without reflections) make for great photographs. Depending on how you process window photos you will be surprised at what is in the reflective portions. Sometimes you can mix the surreal, abstract and reality in one shot without compositing, often just by adjusting shadows and contrast.


Texture (Two Photographs)

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Texture has many meanings in photography; it can refer to mood, background or even the subject.  I try to keep this in mind when taking and processing photos, as it’s an element I can make creative use of. I chose these photos because texture is front and centre.


Walls and Patterns (Two Photographs)

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Patterns are really interesting ideas for photography; they can be seen everywhere from flowers to walls. On my walk about with my camera, patterns sometimes seem to jump out of the confusion of the city.


Awesome (Two Photographs)

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Building owners are always looking for good pictures of their buildings be they drawings or photos. There certainly are many ways of making even the meanest of buildings impressive, usually this involves avoiding shooting ugly surroundings, choosing a particular perspective, or framing a part of the whole.


Concrete and Flora (Two Photographs)

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Here minimalism is taken up a notch to add in trees and foliage. In my view it is no less stark, no less dramatic and makes for some interesting photography. There are many varieties of photography and I urge people I know to try new things, it can’t hurt.


Looking Up (Two Photographs)

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There is a photographic saying that you should look up, down and around and you may be surprised by what you see. Walking the streets with a camera requires a real wandering eye. I look for the unexpected, something different and am often surprised when I see it.


Concrete (Two Photographs)

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In my view minimalist photography is all about the placement of the subject in the frame or the perspective you take. These two shots illustrate some of the possibilities. They say a good photographer has an eye for photography, but it is equally possible we learn from example.


Stairs (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes the shadows catch your eye. I find it takes more than one shot to get the framing right and even then I fiddle with the crop to capture the idea. Often I will bracket exposures and use Photoshop’s HDR function to meld the results, giving me even more latitude.


Home (Two Photographs)

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When I wonder about town I often find myself in residential areas and there is plenty to photograph. I like shots that make you wonder about the design or who lives there, their circumstances; you let your imagination go.

 


An Abstract of an Abstraction (Two Photographs)

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Twist 1.5 was crafted by Alex Wyse and Ken Gould in 1978, and it has weathered many a storm in its outdoor location since then. These shots were almost inside the sculpture itself, to reflect the detail and working of the wood. Just a piece of the whole on a day when the kids weren’t playing on or in it.


A Matter of Taste (Three Photographs)

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I like these shots or I would not publish them. One of the lessons I have learned in photography, is that no two people see things the same way or have the same aesthetic appreciation. I don’t expect everyone to choose their favourite among the three shots. I do hope, however, that one or more of these will have something in it for all (I call this the photographer’s prayer) :).


That Darn Cat (Two Photographs)

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I am used to sullen and temperamental cats. This one glared at me from across the street (and stayed that way long enough for a five shot HDR). But when I noticed it was tethered to the staircase I was a little more sympathetic.


Unexpected (Two Photographs)

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I took this thinking the subject was a bent vent. It was only when I got into my digital darkroom that R2-D2 showed up. It’s always possible I stumbled on some new dimension/episode of Star Wars – who knows it was just there.


Another Take on the Museum (Two Photographs)

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Most museums that permit photography do so with some caveats (no tripods, avoid photos of modern works etc.). I would note that many museums are themselves architectural works of art worthy of study.


Light and Shadow (Two Photographs)

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A photographer once told me given the right lighting anything can be made to look great. There have been many instances where I would agree that lighting has made all the difference, but frankly I kind of like a pleasant subject as well as good light. But it is worth remembering what he said when you are faced with a challenge.