Beautiful Smiles of Strangers – NYC – Derek on Day 411

Today I met Derek at the Irving Farm coffee shop in the Lower East Side in New York. It’s hard to miss him with his red beard and his unusual ‘junk food’ sweater. There is quite a story behind the sweater. As a social experiment, Derek decided to wear it daily for as long as he gets likes on Instagram. I met Derek on Day 411, looks like he’ll be wearing the junk food sweater for quite a while longer… By the way, he does wash it!

Follow Derek him on Instagram @AKA_manchild and encourage him in his junk food sweater adventure!

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Architectural Abstract Photography ~ 4

One little bandshell on an island, endless possibilities…

It was a very warm day here in Minnesota and I was itching to get out with my camera. I went to Raspberry Island in St Paul and walked around for an hour with the Fuji x100s, I spent a few minutes shooting at the bandshell and came back with the following images…

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As I walked back to my car under the Wabasha bridge, I noticed the beautiful lines in the curvature of the road…

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Intimate Portrait Of An Object

As visual artists, we see and appreciate ordinary objects around us as if they were treasures. One of the biggest challenges new photographers face is to learn to make a stronger image while removing distracting elements from the frame. While it comes very naturally to some, others struggle to see photographically for years. During my workshops I urge my students to work with a fixed focal length lens and to crop in camera as much as possible. The cropping tool in your processing software is an amazing resource, but should be used ‘responsibly’ to tweak or straighten but not as a composition tool.

Composition is something you need to feel, not think about. Practice, practice, practice! Ultimately, your goal is to be able to make a successful image in one shot and spend less and less time working your composition. You need to be able to make all the decisions to tell your story before you press the shutter. Any ordinary object around you can look extraordinary, it’s your challenge to reveal it’s beauty through your lens… The best part is that you can practice anywhere, anytime!

 

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Beautiful Smiles Of Strangers – Nolan, The Internet Guy

Yesterday afternoon I posted the following message on FB: You know you’re addicted to photography when a service rep knocks on your door to upgrade your Internet service and the first thing you say is: “You have a nice smile, wait here, I’ll go get my camera!”

Meet Nolan! He knocked on my door yesterday to offer me a deal on a new fiber optics Internet service. I’m always nice with door to door sales people, it’s a tough job and I love talking to them. Nolan had a big genuine smile. I can tell you right away that, with a smile like that, he can make a career in sales if he wants to! Before I let him deliver his ‘elevator pitch’ , I simply asked him if I could quickly make a portrait of him. He was thrilled! And I ordered the new Internet service! :)

 

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Beautiful Smiles of Strangers ~ The Parking Attendant on 1st Avenue

He was eating his lunch when I knocked on his window.

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The Streets of San Francisco

From Haight & Ashbury to Chinatown to North Beach, I truly enjoyed doing street photography in San Francisco last weekend. It was a family vacation, not a photography trip. Although I had my Fuji x100s with me at all times, photography was not the focus of this trip (no pun intended). I still managed to grab a few shots here and there. I’ll be back and will most likely lead a photo workshop there in 2015.

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Beautiful Smiles Of Strangers ~ Minnesota

There are days when people are all smiles! There was a very good reason to smile in Minnesota last weekend: The snow was finally starting to melt…

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The Brighton Bathing Boxes

The Brighton Bathing boxes of Victoria, Australia are quite iconic. Although the original bathing boxes are said to date back to 1862, they have been at their present location since 1934. The 38 bathing boxes are quite prized too, and if you want to own one, the record price at auction was set at US$260 000! If you’re thinking of owning property with a view in Victoria, that might still be your cheapest option!

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The Streets Of Melbourne ~ Part 2

There are few cities more colorful than Melbourne. Here are a few pics I collected while wandering its laneways and streets… I love to read your comments!

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The Streets Of Melbourne ~ Part 1

Melbourne is a colorful city and my approach to B&W is never systematic. If I feel like the subject calls for color, color it is! When I shoot street photography I tend to see in B&W, must be a ‘film days’ thing. Part 2 will be all about color…

In case you are wondering, these were all shot with the Fuji x100s with its 23mm lens (35mm equiv.) and the occasional use of the in-camera square format. There are days I want to see the world in a square, but not always!

Here is a collection of images of everyday life as seen through my lens last week in Melbourne, Australia. I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a comment!

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