Posts tagged “Street photography

Macro: Some Garages – And a Last Tip on Stability (Three Photographs)

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The garages clearly have nothing to do with Macro or close-up photography, they are just a series I wanted to post.

One way I make sure my camera is stable enough to get sharp photos, when hand-held, is that it is firmly held against my glasses. To do this I use an oversize eye cup on my cameras made by Hoodman, (I am sure there are other brands). A firm hold on the camera and well seated on your face with the eye cup, really makes a difference. Also the large cup blocks light and makes it easier to use other camera features.


Reflections and Some Updates (Two Photographs)

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I took these photographs with my Fuji camera. Through the camera I could see how these reflections could be seen as rather abstract and interesting. Some news, my Apple IMAC was on its last legs so I purchased a new one. On-line you will often see videos and photos of photographers sitting in front of IMACS doing processing. They are a delight to use with one exception. Apple IMAC screens were very hard to color calibrate. If a screen is not color calibrated you cannot get any accurate printing or have any certainty how your work will look on the web. Recently I bought aXRITE iDisplay Pro and it makes what was formerly a headache a much easier process. Calibration is a must for serious photographers. Another point I wanted to make is that I intend to write more about close-up/macro photography as I have had a lot of questions about that. I will also be taking a closer look at Skylum’s (formerly MacPhun) Luminar 2018 and seeing how it can fit into my workflow. It’s getting quite inhospitable outside, so these seem like good ideas 🙂


Yosuf Karsh (Two Photographs)

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Karsh is one of the greats. He specialized in portraits taken with wooden box cameras and he photographed the great Presidents (e.g Eisenhower) Authors (e.g. Hemingway) , Politicians (e.g. Mandela) and everyone in between. His studio was in the Hotel Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, and this statue was placed there recently to mark his life’s work. I never met him and never visited his studio, but I took Mandela to the studio to get his portrait taken. My favorite story about Karsh was his photograph of Churchill, the iconic scowl – an easy look up on Google. The scowl came from Karsh taking Churchill’s cigar away. While I have the colour photo here, Karsh was for the most part a black and white photographer and I spent some time getting the B&W to meet my expectations.


The Jellyfish In the Queen’s Lantern (Three Photographs)

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They replaced the Tower of the Victoria Building with the “Queen’s Lantern” and in the Lantern they have hung inflated animals tied to various exhibits. This is a jellyfish, the exhibit was on bio-luminescence. It’s still there. Regardless of how you look at this installation, it has a certain spooky nature, hence my deciding the photos looked better in B&W. In color they looked like something out of a science fiction movie.


The Iceberg (Three Photographs)

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This is the Iceberg by William (Bill) Lishman that sits outside the Canadian Museum of Nature. It seems these days that the sight lines to many public installations are marred by signs and such. In this case less so than for many others, but the sculpture is so large that as you can see in the last photograph, the photo must include more than just the museum as background. Even the publicity for the sculpture did not have photos of the entire sculpture. Here I have taken some details of the sculpture and a photo of the whole scene to show its immensity.


Quirky and Unusual (Three Photographs)

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Walking around with my camera I am always looking for things out-of-place, quirky, odd, and amusing. I think every city at any given time has the potential for this. Not everyone’s sense of quirky is the same, so I am careful not to offend, if necessary I will alter the photo to protect the innocent.


Facades (Three Photographs)

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These were taken within a few blocks of each other, in one of the more photographic neighborhoods. I have done several facades on this blog, but these are the first where the word can be interpreted in more than one way. This is one of the things that make architecture/street photography interesting; the photographer and the audience get to be a little more judgemental than usual about the subject. I have walked past these places more than once, and their flavor did not really change with the different times of day, these were taken in the noonday sun.