A photographer I very much admire is Jay Maisel. He is a typical tough New Yorker who has been shooting images forever and does so everyday. You never and I mean never see Jay without a camera on his shoulder. He finds a shot on the streets, in stores and anywhere he goes. He never has the excuse I can come back and shoot it later or I’ll get next or I wish I had a camera. His work is amazing and his philosophy towards photography inspiring. So, why the rambling? Because this is a classic case of seeing something and grabbing it. These are just plain standpipes in Broad ripple are of Indy. I saw the color, contrast and sun and had to shoot it and I let my shadow become part of the shot too. I like the design of the shot. Messed around with it a bit on the iPad and here is my image. Enjoy.
It has been a busy week. I started in Chicago doing scouting and set up for the July PODAS Architecture Workshop. followed that up visiting schools and doing a Phase One IQ rollout. Got back to Indy, changed suitcases and was headed to Atlanta for a few days at the SPE – Society Of Photographic Educator conference. all of it was buys and a lot of Phase One business. All good. Now I am back in the office for a week doing follow-up as well as prep work for the Death VAlley workshop as well as Ireland workshops coming up soon. Then on Sunday I attended a workshop held by my friend Harry Sandler on iPhone Photography.
Today’s shot was made in Mexico on a recent trip there in San Miguel. I did this with a Panosonic GH2 which is a great street shooters camera. I love shooting people on the street and this is a good shot of a local. I’ll be using the GH2 for upcoming blog images for the PODAS workshops. It does great videos too.
As promised another Chicago shot. This shot is of the Wrigley Building from the courtyard looking up. When you are out to take a picture in any environment you must turn on your content aware instinct. That means you must be looking everywhere, behind you, to your side, and up and down. You’ll be amazed at what you see especially if you train your eyes to see as a frame. This shot was simple, look straight up, catch the sun hitting the building and use the bridge to tie the image together. You can see more of my Chicago work at my Chicago Gallery On My Web Site.
The other day I posted a photo of a Dane who was sleeping it off. Other Danes take the way they handle drinking a bit different. This fellow was just standing there and laughing. He was just laughing, actually howling-laughing. A very happy guy for some reason. Not a care in the world. This is what I like most about doing street photography is the unexpected. This was made on one of my many walk-abouts in Copenhagen. When doing street shooting you have to look everywhere. Don’t be bashful but be quick with the camera.
I travel to Denmark quite alot. I work for a Danish Company (Phase One) and each visit to Copenhagen is a pleasant surprise. Copenhagen is an amazing city and it is a city you always want to have a camera close by. When I get time off on my visits there I head out and do a lot of street photography. I have posted other images here from my walk-abouts. This one just struck me as one that says a lot. The Danes know how to party like no others. They also know how to recover as this poor chap is doing. This was done on one of my HDR days and the result kind of works here. I bet this guy woke with a major headache.
As you have seen from previous posts I like doing street photography. Wandering around Reykjavík, Iceland oner afternoon I came across this store window. Couldn’t help think how different this was from the Victoria Secret windows in the US. This was shot on an iPhone 4 and then worked on in several apps. I guess when you have the long winters like Iceland does that a store like this must sell a number of these.
I made a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to meet up with my friend Michael Reichmann of www.luminous-landscape.com. I brought with me the NEW Phase One IQ180 digital back that he was doing an initial review on. So, since he had my back he gave me a new camera he just got a Lumix GH2. This was a small 4/3 DSLR and highly sought after. We took a walk in the streets of this beautiful mexican town. And, while Michael shot with the Phase One IQ180, I shot with the GH2. This turns out to be an amzing little camera great for street photography. I decided to break with the one picture a day theme and today post a gallery of my few hour walk through San Miguel. I lead off the gallery with this photo of a nun which I find just illuminating. The rest of the images are the result of a visual exercise of just seeing. All images were shot RAW and worked on in Capture One 6.x, I hope you enjoy.
By the way I have now purchased the GH2 with 3 lenses and have been having some fun with it. I plan to sell my Leica M8 system and use this for much of my street shooting and candid type of work.
At a recent event in Carmel, we stumbled upon a guy playing a most unique looking guitar. Kind of like 3 guitars in one. It sounded beautiful and it looked beautiful. This was taken with the iPhone and played with a little. Simple and nice.
I love Copenhagen and love walking the city. The city has so much to offer. As a photographer one thing I enjoy is a form of photography called street photography. This was made famous by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. He wandered the streets of cities shooting street scenes and became famous because of it. In my travels I make it a point to wander the streets of the cities I viist and shot the people and life. The image today was taken on a walking mall in Copenhagen. On every visit I make to Copenhagen I always see this same guy with a violin playing on the street. He always has a big smile and he seems to be everywhere. Anyway, this is a shot of him that says it all.
Merry Christmas . . . Hope you and your families are enjoying a great day. I am having a good time in Florida with my family. This is one of my favorite images. It encompasses al the things I like about photography – color, geometry, placement of subject and mood. It was photographed on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I enjoy street photography as we know it in the photography world and I’ll share a lot of my street photography as we move forward. This was shot with a Canon 5dII with a 70-300 DF lens. The advantage of this lens is it has a good zoom ratio but is compact. Makes catching a shot like this easy.