This image was shot in Buenos Aires and was always a shot I liked. It was shot in a bad part of the town. I didn’t know it at the time so I just shot images. I like the two brothers (I presume) siting on the cub waiting for something.
I travel a lot and one of my favorite things to do is to walk the city streets and do street photography. One of my favorite cities for doing this is Copenhagen. It’s a great city that is alive and offers amazing photo opps. This is a shot I made outside a store and shows their unique way of merchandising. I bet the sale they had was a big success. This is real block head marketing.
Once again on one of my walk a bouts in Chicago I saw this image on a bridge in . Carefully lined it up and waited for the person to come into the frame. Do you like it? Kind of cool, It shows a lot about Chicago, old, new and lots of riveted steel and iron. Taken with a Phase One P65+. Yes you can do street photography with it.
I was having with my iPhone on a recent trip to Saugatuck, MI and stumbled upon this abandoned hotel. Each door was painted a different color. Someone with some imagination could thell this property had potential. I did some overall shots and panos but this shot floated to the top. Simple, the growth out from, door not centered. It just works.
It’s fun to walk the streets with a camera. And this past weekend my camera of choice was the iPhone and using the Hipstamatic App. While it was fun I did miss my big boy cameras a few times. But it was an exercise to shoot simple, and see well. I came away with amazing images. This one was shot while walking the street of Holland, MI. I walked past this shop and they had hand painted big letters on the shop window. Sitting near the window was a couple and a cute baby. So I motioned if they could put the kids face in the hole of the letter and they did. I got three good shots. Like this one the best.
Some of the coolest shots I have done are subjects in doorways. I did a shot years ago in Argentina of a boy eating a bag of chips in a doorway that is one of my mot popular prints. This image was made in San Miguel. Everything came together perfectly to balance the composition out. Street photography in San Miguel where this was done is just great.
A month ago I lead a Phase One PODAS workshop to San Miguel Mexico. We had a blast and photographed a lot differently than we do at usual PODAS workshops. We did a lot of medium format street photography. This is an image I found in an alley that was also an above ground burial vault area. It was so very pretty and I could resist shooting and sharing this shot.
I had a little fun last night. Couldn’t sleep so I selected a shot I had on my iPad and played around with it. I liked the effect and so here it is. I am not usually an effect kind of guy, but sometimes one must play.
If you are a regular follower of this blog you will know one of my favorite things to photograph is rust and decay. This past Sunday I was out on a photo adventure and ended up in Bedford, IN. Interesting and typical small Indiana town. Not being satisfied with just Main Street I drove down a side road that eventually took us to an industrial part of town. It was very surreal. Big old gas tanks with rust and peeling paint, junk yards, abandoned factories. All very strange and somewhat scary. Today’s shot was made of close ups of peeling paint on these giant fast tanks. I love the rust color and how the paint is curling as it peels off. I shot hundreds of these and they are all kind of beautiful in their own way.
Every now and then it is fun to go out and shoot on a Sunday. I set out with my photo buddy and friend Debra and set a target of Spring Mill State park. Never one to take the direct route I decided we would travel through some small Indiana towns. We visited a few towns but in Bedford, IN we made a right turn and just started driving and came into the industrial area of the town. Kind of creep and as I post more images you’ll see why. I could do a whole photo story on this town. We started out photographing rusty gas tanks, then rotting doors, then we stumbled upon this gigantic junkyard and it looked very apocalyptic. There were old cards, machines, and thousand of old military howitzer rounds. Then we found giant abandoned factories and some very different neighborhoods. In one neighborhood as we crossed the tracks we see this pickup just sitting in the grass, an old swing set and a sign next to the railroad tracks. Behind us was a house with kids toys all over that sat only six feet from the tracks. I shot an image above with the signs, truck and swing and then decided to enhance it a bit to give more the feel for what I was seeing there. I’ll be working on more images this week.
This has been an incredible week with the PODAS workshop. I head home today only to leave on Wednesday for Scotland. I tend to move around a lot. One of the things that is fun to do is shoot what we photographers term street photography and San Miguel is perfect for this. So much going on. This shot was made near the ATM machine of a woman who is obviously begging. You see this a lot in Mexico. Sad. I composed quickly got a few shots off and then made sure to give her some Pesos. The power is the face, and out reached hand. More images will be coning from this trip as I have time to work on them.
Kind of hard to blog when I am running a PODAS Photography workshop. I am leading a group of Phase One users on a PODAS workshop in San Miguel Mexico. We are having a great time with intensive photography excursions broken up with time for sharing, laughing and enjoying our passion of photography. Visit the PODAS blog to follow everything that we do on this workshop. I’ll do my best to add entries when I can. Todays image is a doorway of a church outside of San Miguel.