Blue Schwinn

Posted on November 3, 2013

It’s hard for me to resist taking a picture of a classic bike locked to parking meter. They are everywhere in the city and the older and more beat up they are, the better the photo. I found this one near San Francisco’s Union Square. The light was just so incredible, it was a must take picture.

I always use natural light when I’m shooting in the street. I’m finding the light in California quit amazing and I haven’t found the need to add any electronic flashes yet. When I see incredible light it’s usually being reflected off a large surface, like the side of a building. What makes this light so amazing is its ability to illuminate the subject without any distracting shadows. It almost like the subject is self illuminated. This is the kind of light studio photographers strive for when they are able to control every aspect of the lighting conditions in the studio. But a street photographer has to be able to recognize the light when they see it and have only have a brief moment to capture it.

So when I find incredible light in the street, I normally look for a subject near by being self illuminated. Bikes locked to parking meters are readily available subjects.
ng conditions in the studio. But a street photographer has to be able to recognize the light when they see it and have only have a brief moment to capture it.

So when I find incredible light in the street, I normally look for a subject near by being self illuminated. Bikes locked to parking meters are readily available subjects.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/750, f/1.7, ISO 50

Two Guys on a Wall

Posted on November 1, 2013

Here’s something different for me. Normally I like to have only one focal point in my compositions but I wanted to explore the use of multiple focal points. So I took myself out of my safe place and tried to create something new, something I never shot before.

This composition is a bit of a balancing act with the two figures siting on the wall with what feels like a weight scale. I liked that there are two sets of related items with a tension between them. The one person feels modern in the way he’s dressed, the fact that he’s reading a cell phone and has more modern bikes in front of him. While the other guy, the counter point, has a retro feeling like someone from the 70’s. The retro person is gazing at the modern guy and tries to create a connection the old fashion way, by talking. It’s an interesting contrast.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/5.6, ISO 400

Abstract Architecture

Posted on October 31, 2013

I really love shooting abstract architecture images! I’ve seen this reflection a couple of times during my afternoon walk but to be able to get a good shot of it, I have to walk out into the middle of the street. That can be a little dangerous in downtown San Francisco so it has to be timed just right.

This capture has a plethora of reflections, textures and shapes. I especially like the bright little rectangles ( could be interior lights) being emitted from the larger building reflection. It adds an element of excitement to the image, they feel almost like sparks. I would like to crop out the spire shape on the right side but this is a full frame (perspective corrected) capture. If I print this as and 8×10 aspect ratio though, it will naturally be cropped out so I’m not going to worry about it.

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

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