Some Street Shooting... Part 1

Hey ya'll, I just got back from a nice day in Bologna, the "stomach" of Italy as they say.  Bologna, like almost every other city in Italy (and maybe Europe), is Closed on Sunday.  The streets were full of people anyway.

I took the train ride over specifically to get some more practice with my street photography; it's a niche that I really enjoy looking at and would like to be able to produce some as well by combining my love of Henri Cartier-Bresson with a couple other great photographers to find my own style.

It is quite difficult to shoot strangers: you never know their reaction or what will happen.  It's also embarrassing to have to say "yes I want an image of you for no reason you can understand." But I tried today, using the classic method of lining up the shot beforehand and waiting for them the move into the frame, with the focus already nailed on their position.  It worked pretty well, except people kept being so nice and stopped their trek until I'd "finished" taking the picture.

Anyway, here are some of the images I've had a chance to look at.  They're mostly edited using my normal method of post-production but in the next couple of segments to this series I'm going to try to get more basic and almost-straight-out-of-the-camera images.

Thanks for lookin'.


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A New-ish Workflow

So what's the biggest problem when you love photography but don't have a lot of time? The fact that you don't have a lot of time.  THIS is the key issue in the last few weeks (and one of the reasons that photographers charge such high prices for their work: it costs a lot to live nowadays and to make images that stick really is a full time job!)

Anyway, while I like the VSCO effects that are available for Aperture, Photoshop, and  Lightroom... I can't help but feeling that there's always something missing - a bit of contrast, or some coloring here or there...


Anyway, today I walked around the city, finally.  It's something I've been meaning to do for a bit and today was actually sunny as well, so I had that motivation.  Included are some of the images I got, B&W's all treated with the amazing NIK software, and color images are all (strangely enough) actually VSCO preset B&W's, then transferred into color.  It's a weird process but it seems to work.


Thanks in advance to any and all viewers.


Fun with iPhones

Well as I wrote on facebook this morning, today was a great day to make some images, and it turned out to have a great sun and some excellent light.  So I pull out the old 550D and turn it on to see.... Please Change the Battery Pack Moron You Forgot to Charge the Battery.

I couldn't even fire off one shot so I pulled out the trusty (noise ridden) iPhone and fired off a couple shots.  I won't lie to you I hate the iPhone camera - it never sees what I want it too and it has serious noise problems if the images are viewed on anything other than another iPhone.  

So anyway here's a couple images that I got of a sweeeeeet landscape (where I'll be returning)

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Looking Back

I think one of the most important things in photography, and also in life in general, is to look back into our pasts to understand where we're going in the future.  Now I don't want to get into a metaphysical discussion at this hour (as in Italy it's quite late!) but as i was looking through my old images from a couple years ago I saw several that really seemed to have more.... potential.

At the time I didn't realize that these images had such possibility to become beautiful; with time and experience, though, comes wisdom, and the ability to reprocess old images to make them new.  I think in the next few posts I'll be re-touching some older things that I've re-seen, and hopefully be able to better define my future path by noticing what I noticed without noticing back then... or something like that.