Sun Break

Posted on February 22, 2014

I took this while attending the APA workshop for photo assistants in Sa Francisco. We were on a break when I saw this person checking their email. I was just amazed by the light coming thru the windows and the gesture. I actually didn’t have my camera at that moment and I made a quick dash for it back at my seat. I fully expected the person to have moved from the spot and changing the moment for the worse but I had to try, it was one of those shots that just has to be taken. I was so surprised to find the scene in the exact same state as when I first saw it. That never happens! I took this shot and then stepped forward to get something closer but this framing is exactly what I saw in my minds eye.

I was actually pretty proud of this shot and I’m a little embarrassed to say I rushed over to Mathew Jordan Smith, the principal photographer at the workshop, and had to show him. He’s in love with his new A7r as well!

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 100

The Riders

Posted on February 20, 2014

This was taken last summer on Market Street in San Francisco. Market Street was one of my favorite places to shoot for my afternoon walk when I was working in the city. There was so much going on, so much to see and people didn’t mind if their picture was being taken. I truly enjoyed my time in the city.

I saw these two couples on a platform in the middle of Market Street waiting for a Streetcar. I wanted to capture the stillness of their poses contrasted by a blurred background of a moving city bus. But their poses take on the feeling of the movement of the bus in the background. It almost looks like they are on that bus. That ties together the foreground and background elements and why I think this image works.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/8, ISO 125

Alley Smoker

Posted on January 27, 2014

I’ve been mostly concentrating on architecture lately but this one appeared when I least expected it. I stopped at the entrance to an ally and was in the process of framing a shot when this man asked me “What do you see?” He added that he’s out there everyday and someone always stops to take a photo. He had always wondered what the allure of the alley was.

I explained to him about the quality of light in ally. The alley is enclosed on three sides by some very tall buildings. The light from the sky is framed by the buildings and creates a gigantic soft-box. The light fades beautifully as it descends the height of the alley. At the far end of the alley there were some windows with interior lights glowing in the darkness not getting any light from above. I started to explain to him about how the perspective lines lead the viewers eye into the composition and that’s where I lost him.

Just before he went back to his cigarette, I captured this photo. It’s slightly soft probably because he was moving but I still really like this moment. He wasn’t expecting me to take his picture so his gesture is honest and not at all posed. I wished him a nice day and headed back to the office.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/60, f/6.3, ISO 1600

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