Have you ever found yourself in a place where there are so many interesting details that you feel compelled to capture them with your camera? It’s the feeling that I experienced recently while in New York City during my photo workshop. I was fortunate to stay in a very eclectic Soho loft for a few nights. The feel of the old building and the unconventional atmosphere of the apartment were so fitting for the neighborhood. Running a photo workshop doesn’t give you any leisure time, it’s go, go, go non-stop from beginning to end. As I was making tea on the first morning, the light streaming through the windows made me grab my camera and capture these few snapshots. When I look at them, they bring me right back to the feeling of the old loft which is forever attached to my NYC experience.
Shot with the Fuji x100s
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!
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…
As I walked back to my car under the Wabasha bridge, I noticed the beautiful lines in the curvature of the road…
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!
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! :)
He was eating his lunch when I knocked on his window.
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.