Street photography is such a unique form of art because the images play off each other so well. They can be powerful alone, but sometimes the collection can be more important than the individual images themselves. It's like a recipe, where the different ingredients enhance one another and it's why the book and street photography have such a powerful connection.
The problem is that it's extremely difficult to group the images, to figure out the themes, and to foster them over time. I struggle with it and I have a lot of fun with it, so I thought it would be a good idea to put up a large 36x48 inch cork board on my office wall where I can mix and match and play around with images over time.
It came out MUCH better than I expected and it will evolve over time. I wish you could see it in real life on the exhibition fiber paper. I'm going to put up two small cork boards next to this and put painting lights above them all to illuminate.
Sara found these amazing lacquer frames a few weeks ago and we thought they would be perfect to fill up our blank kitchen wall.
What to go in them? Colored water tower photos of course!
And a single one across the sky. Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time. The planetarium and Natural History Museum are on the right.
The Natural History Museum. I actually prefer this shot the most. As a child I remember going into the huge halls and seeing the dinosaurs and whales. I get nostalgic whenever I pass by it and this was the first time that I've ever seen it from above.
Given that it's a supremely cloudy day today, I don't think there will be any good Manhattanhenge photos taken. Manhattanhenge is when the sunset aligns with the east-west Manhattan grid. It occurs twice a year during the summer months.
Took me about 4 years to finally get this photo right along with the correct weather, so I'm going to post it for every Manhattanhenge until I get a better one, which I'm not sure I ever will. Especially with the airplane.
1/40th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (66mm).
You walk the streets constantly searching for that perfect moment and here it is right in your bedroom.
1/500th at F8, IS0 400 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
Creating a color effect like this is pretty simple if you know how to use photoshop. Just create a new layer, fill it with a brown color from the trees and then set the blend mode to overlay. Then change the opacity of the layer until you get the look that you want and fix the exposure and tweak.
Like most people, being out in nature inspires me and I love to hike. But I am not really a nature photographer. My landscapes are skyscrapers and people, not national parks.
Of course I did take the obligatory photographs of the mountains and tall trees and streams, etc., but when doing that I felt more like a tourist than a photographer.
One piece of advice I have is don't change your style just because you've changed your location. And as a street photographer, I couldn't get all of the funny tourists out of my head.
Landscape photography tends to be one-sided, tranquil and relaxing. And I'm not trying to knock it, that's how it should be. It makes you feel like you are the only person in the world staring at this grand piece of nature.
But that is just what the photographer chose to show you. The reality is that there are often hundreds of tourists in crazy looking hats and ridiculous t-shirts standing next to you, staring at the same view and getting in your way on the trails. At some points I was all by myself, but at others I felt like I was walking through Grand Central Station.
So here's my interpretation of the Grand Tetons.
I'd like to say this is a random tourist, but it's my good friend Jason. He definitely had one of the better tourist shirts of the day.
It always helps your nature photographs to have flowers in the foreground :)
I found the source!
And of course the most beautiful hat wearer of the day :)