A Woman’s Gaze

Posted on March 25, 2014

Even with all of what going on around in the city, I find it amazing that people can have an inner calm about them. As I was waiting to cross the street, I noticed this woman gazing at the advertising billboard. I liked the stillness of her gesture and how she seems within herself as the rest of the traffic walked by behind her. That idea of being so deep within ones self is one of my reoccurring themes and shows up in most of the more successful photos.

My photo walks are more of a meditation than anything else. I have to forget that I’m looking for a photograph before I can really realize the moment and capture it. If I go out and pressure myself into having to find a photo, I normally come home with a lot of captures but no real photographs. Even going out with a specific theme in mind has very limiting results. I found that it’s best to go out totally empty and open to everything. I have to clear my mind and not let it wander toward anything that’s not in the present moment. Focus becomes more important in more ways than one.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/350, f/1.7, ISO 50

Chinatown Fabrics

Posted on March 17, 2014

Something I took in Chinatown awhile ago and just getting around to posting it. This has a cool hand colored feeling to it that I really like. You don’t see much hand coloring going on now days. I’m actually thinking of printing this in B&W and doing some for-real hand coloring with this image

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/200, f/2.8, ISO 50

Seafood Alley

Posted on March 15, 2014

Captured a couple of months ago in an alley across the street from where I worked. I was getting back to the office after my daily photo walk when I saw this guy from across the street. But I had to get closer to get the shot I wanted. So I hurried across the street and tried not to spook him. Yes, street photography is a lot like hunting sometimes. I wanted the image to be mostly about the alley with this waiter being a counterpoint in the composition. By setting him on the right one-third line, I’m creating a balancing act with the perspective’s vanishing point that creates a nice tension in the composition. The color also helps bring the viewers eye into the frame but then bounces back out the the figure.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/60, f/2.8, ISO 320

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