Something I’m always trying to capture in my photos is a sense of timelessness. Small hints of present day are Ok but for the most part I like a photo that feels like it could have been taken at any time period in the last hundred years. By not giving the viewer a lot of clues to tie the image to present day, theres a sense of making time stand still.

This composition has a nice contrast of shapes. At the top of the frame there is a series of rectangular shapes. While in the lower part of the frame there are more curved shapes. The row of trees is a nice dividing area between the areas. The curve area is dominated by the bus with additional elements in the figures. The top is mostly buildings and windows accented but the streetcar wires. I’ve been finding that I like to layer my compositions. This is all very instinctive as I never try and preplan such things before I go and shoot. I try and go out empty and let myself find something new. The goal is always to see something with a fresh eye and try and capture it in an extraordinary way.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/3000, f/2, ISO 200

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