Archive for January, 2017

First Look Photo: Watch for All

January 25, 2017

Today’s photo was chosen because it looked more like the on location ads I used to see in magazines, all the time.  The girl is fashionable, determined, and business like.  The man, while not destitute, he is a wanderer, with his backpack, and fairly new clothes, which seems to suggest he’s just starting on an outdoors adventure.  They both were walking under the Rolex sign,  and I imagined a banner underneath the picture saying, “A watch for every lifestyle.”

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Photo Friday: Homeless

January 20, 2017

I was watching an interview with a famous photographer, and something he said just clicked with me.  “Our purpose as photographers is not to change the world, but to draw attention to it.”  How can those with the ability to make effective changes in the world ever make those changes without knowing where the problem is.  Whether you’re a nature photographer, or a photojournalist in a war zone, you are out in the world inspiring others into action to make a better world.

Now, that’s enough of the soap box speech.  On to today’s photograph.  Recently, while out on the streets of Portland, I noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk, holding a sign about being homeless.  People were walking around her, trying to avoid eye contact.  In this shot, I chose not to show her face so I can show the background, and to give it an “any city” feel.  This is a scene that is played out in every city across the country, and in the rest of the world.  I would go so far as to say this is a timeless problem.

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First Look Photo: Indivisible

January 18, 2017

I don’t subscribe to any political parties, and I like to hear both sides of any argument before I make my mind up on any issue, but I do enjoy any opportunity to take photographs.

This past Sunday was a rally about stopping the repeal of Obama care, and I attended the Portland Maine rally.  There were speakers, such as Chellie Pingri;  Our congressional representative.  We also had our senator, and a local business man who talked about his wonderful experience with Obama care. I’m not going to bore you with any more political junk, as this is not a political blog.

I’m all about the picture, and letting the image speak for itself.  Out of 63 images I took at the event, only 9 stood out.  Out of those 9 today’s image best portrayed the mood, and message of the day.  I made it black and white to remove all the distracting colors going on around her.

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Photo Friday: Abstract

January 13, 2017

Today’s shot comes from my latest street photography day.  Unlike my other photographs there are no people involved.  In this case, I saw two bike close together, and I chose a lower angle for compositional reasons.  I loved the salt on the tire, which helps to establish the time of year as Winter.

This was the second shot.  The first shot had the second bike in greater focus, which took away from the front bike.  Due to certain distractions, I changed it to black and white.

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First Look Photo: Winter Tourists

January 11, 2017

I was on a street photography walk, yesterday, and was asked to take a photo of two girls from New York.  They were visiting Portland for a few days, and wanted a picture of both of them.  When I saw a painting on the wall, of a nice mountain scene.  I asked to take their picture, and used the painting.  Instead of a city picture, it looked like they were getting ready to ski.

Out of all the shots I took, I like this the best.

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Photo Friday: Coffee Man

January 6, 2017

Last Wednesday I spent some time downtown, looking for a photo to take for school.  While down there I spent some time doing street photography.  I was trying to work on my story telling with pictures, and I think the last photo I took, while waiting for the bus, does it the best.

I used a window in the bus stop as a framing device, of an older homeless man who spends his day sitting in the same entryway, in a wheelchair, with a sleeping bag covering his legs.  While sitting there, people will bring him coffee, to help, which is why he has coffee cups lined up next to him.  I especially how the coffee cups helped tell the story of this man.

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First Look Photo: Stealth Photography

January 4, 2017

I’m back from my holiday break, and I have new ideas for photo blogs, or should I say “plogs”.  Don’t judge, it works for videos.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and New Year.  I got my new 50mm lens, and someone gave me a thermal lens cup; which I always wanted, but could never justify the purchase.

Street photography has always fascinated me, mostly because I’m a nature photographer, and I get embarrassed taking a stranger’s picture.  Over the past year, I’ve learned to overcome that initial shyness, but I still want to keep it semi stealthy.  I want to do this to keep people doing what they’re doing, to keep the pictures real.  Whether they like it, or not, people change when they know a camera is pointing at them.  I will be doing a lot more street photography this year.

As a practice, I am starting with people I find on the bus.  Today’s picture was taken with my IPhone se, of a man talking to the bus driver while checking his phone.  That’s why I call this shot split focus.  Using my phone to take someone’s picture, while leaving them thinking I’m just checking my emails. I will be doing more “bus shots” as a fun project.

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