It’s cold in Minnesota these days, the temperature during the ‘warmest’ part of the day is around -20C/-4F… There are not very many people out in the streets and I don’t blame them… I was out at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a little while this afternoon. Of course, I go there for the exhibits, but as I walk around I see all sorts of architectural details or reflections that are interesting. Since I’m shooting abstracts for this blog series, I pay even more attention to shapes and light around me. Today I was testing out the Samsung NX300 with the 30mm f/2.0 prime lens. I quite enjoy the focus selection on the touch screen, plus it’s very small and fits in your pocket without sacrificing on the image quality. Got to love that!
This picture was shot at night, at high ISO, through thick glass with lots of distracting reflections on the subject’s face. Does it matter? Not to me! When it comes to street photography the story always wins over the technical aspect of the photograph.
I caught a special moment in time, the genuine smile of a beautiful person who obviously enjoys his job. Those moments are priceless in street photography…
I love capturing motion in the streets. There are many ways to do it, either by doing a long exposure to add motion blur, using a panning technique or simply focussing on a still subject while a fast moving train goes by. There is motion all around us and there is no right or wrong way to capture it. It’s all up to you and your vision.
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More architectural abstract images collected recently in Minneapolis… See part 1 here.
Images shot with the Fuji x100s
I don’t go ‘country’ very often, but I enjoy it tremendously when I do! Yesterday was a special day at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Minnesota. The farm is fully operational and dates back to the 1850s. Everything is done the way it was done 150 years ago. It is open to the public part of the year. Yesterday was a Fall event with a guided tour. Although it was wonderful to have access to the place in the off-season, it also made photography a bit challenging as participants stayed with a tour guide… Nothing stops me from snapping a few pictures here and there and that’s exactly what I did while I was transported back in time 150 years…
These images were shot with the Samsung GalaxyNX and the 30mm f/2.0 pancake lens which I am testing as part of their Imagelogger program.
You already know that I like to photograph old things such as peeling pain, rusty nails, etc. I did just that again today to try out a new lens. I’ve been part of the Samsung Imagelogger program for the past couple of months. What this means is that I get to play with the latest Samsung photo gear. It was quite an honor to be asked to join the program and also a great opportunity for an educator as I need to stay up to date with the latest technology. This doesn’t mean that I only shoot Samsung. I’m still shooting street photography with my Fuji x100s and commercial photography with my Canon gear. Whatever fits the job!
I had never used a Samsung camera before. I received the GalaxyNX a few weeks ago. This camera has all the bells and whistles with WiFi and 3G/4G connectivity (it even gives me the weather forecast when I turn it on!) As you know, I like simple… So I must admit that it’s a bit of a waste of technology on me. I use it like any other camera, I shoot RAW and I process in LR. I really like its giant touch screen. You get instant gratification when you can see your images on a 4.8″ HD LCD. Yesterday I received a 30mm f/2.0 prime pancake lens for it (46mm equivalent). That’s exactly the type of lenses I enjoy shooting with, I love prime lenses! So I was eager to try it (wide open at F/2.0 handheld in fairly low light conditions) in my favorite store in Minneapolis: Architectural Antiques. There are always some new treasures to be found, here are few…
Photographers often ask me to give them suggestions of things to photograph. My answer is usually: Anything that moves you! When you see the world around you photographically, any ordinary object becomes extraordinary.
I was working in my favorite room of the house late afternoon yesterday. It’s a very warm loft with an entire wall of windows. Most of my books are in that room and it’s my favorite place to write and listen to music. Most importantly, every time I sit in that room I see the ever changing quality of light on the objects around me. I usually have a camera nearby, so last night I snapped a couple of pics of a stack of books in the soft evening light. Nothing special you may say, but it was a special moment to me.
My point is: You don’t need to go far to find things to photograph. Find an ordinary object in the room you are right now and make it look extraordinary. Try it!
Street photography is not only about people. I’ve photographed my fair share of dogs over the past few years. From London to Paris, from California to DC, our four-legged friends are a big part of the street photography experience! Here are a few of my recent shots. Enjoy and share your thought in the comment section. Thanks!