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

Woman in Red Composition

Posted on October 28, 2013

I think I’ll start out my new “Quiet Streets” blog with a color piece from a photo walk in downtown San Francisco. I don’t see my shots in B&W or in color unless something colorfully catches my eye like this shot. I’m mostly looking for good light and it’s interaction with people in the streets so when I saw this women’s red hair just glowing in the midday light, I knew I had a shot. I took an initial shot when I first saw her but it was too far away and was too much to the side. But I always try and snap something as soon as I see it in case the scene changes, which they all too often do. For a second shot I got in closer and squared up the composition. She was so captivated by what was on her phone, she never even noticed I took here picture. The kid’s face in the poster wasn’t something I wanted in the photo and I was thinking of cropping it out but it really does add to the composition. It creates a tension between the women’s face and the poster that gives the image a lot of character. I normally don’t include street signage or photos in my images because that’s been done to death. But if it’s a really a strong contributor to the composition, I’m not adverse to including it. The red bricks and a fire alarm were a nice finished off the composition and I got myself a first blog post image.
e image a lot of character. I normally don’t include street signage or photos in my images because that’s been done to death. But if it’s a really a strong contributor to the composition, I’m not adverse to including it. The red bricks and a fire alarm were a nice finished off the composition and I got myself a first blog post image.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/125, f/8, ISO 100

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