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.


Near My Home

Well, here in Reggio it's a dreary sunday.  Snow on the ground, and rainy... pretty much the definition of dreary, I'd say.  Anyway, looking back through my 2011 images, I noticed several I'd shot while riding around in the car, shooting when the moment seemed right or when I saw a scene that pleased me.

It's funny how when you see something often it becomes normal, but when you stop and think for a bit about it, you can see things that you may have glanced over without even thinking about it.  One of the negative aspects of growing up in a beautiful area, full of trees and lakes and nature, is that we become accustomed to all this beauty and don't even notice it... Instead I'd like to take this opportunity to salute the Adirondacks as a beautiful area!

Looking Back... Part 2

Well, like I said, I'll be going through past images to see some of the possible jewels are among the rest... on this lazy monday morning, with a snow covered ground, what else can one do but retouch old images?

The good news is that this week should be full of some new stuff; I've got quite a few good ideas for the next few days and hopefully I'll be able to get some stuff up!

Cheers and happy Monday Morning!