Posts tagged “Street

Welcome to the Party (Two Photographs)

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There was a point made about street photography, which was that the best photographs make the viewer think (or put another way imagine). In this photograph I used a technique that spotlighted the highlighted main player. Discovering all the odd places right at home is fun in itself, getting the photo to speak is also wonderful.


Antique Shop Reflection (Two Photographs)

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I have taken photographs of the windows of antique shops ever since I got my first camera. I even had a few published back when in Italy. There are two sides to these photos, the first is thanks to whomever put the display together and the other is what I bring to them. There was a distracting bit of ceiling and I removed it. The top and bottom lighting needed fixing and I used neutral density filters in Lightroom. In the black and white I did not want the statue to get too ethereal. Two different visions from one shot of an impressive assortment of hand-me-downs.


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.


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.


People (Three Photographs)

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Big events are a great time and place for people shots. These were taken on Canada Day. I would like to do more of this type of photography circumstances permitting; and the Fuji XT-2 is perfect for this.


Windshield Reflections (Three Photographs)

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One thing I discovered during a recent car show were the reflections in the car windshields. Interesting abstractions and distortions, that time and opportunity permitting I will try again.