A lot of changes have been made to the store in the last couple of days and weeks. I'm out of the matting and framing business, for now at least. It turned out to be too time consuming on top of everything else. I think it is best for me to spend the extra effort focusing on the printing and creative side of things, in addition to the marketing and web design, etc.
The major changes:
Probably some more changes to come.
1/200th at F6.3, ISO 200
Now that it's getting warm out it's time to bring back some more shots of people on the street. In addition to being much easier and more fun in the spring/summer, I feel like the content of the shots get better. People are happier and more engaged, clothes get more interesting and in general there are more moments flying around.
That and I'm not freezing while holding my camera.
1/320th at F16, ISO 200
There are many different factors that can make for a good black and white photograph. A wide range of tones is a good starting point. Here you have some nice highlights in the clouds, some deep shadows to help ground the photo and then a very wide range of gray mid-tones. The mid-tones are extremely important, especially here with the variations in the bricks, which is my favorite aspect of this photo besides the water towers.
The next thing to think about is the lines. Here you have a good mix of straight verticals, horizontal diagonals and some round shapes in the water towers, a few of the windows and the clouds to soften up the photo a bit. I'm a huge fan of diagonals since they add a lot of energy into an image.
And you also have a ladder snuck in there. Ladders and cigarettes are the two most photogenic things in this world.
1/250th at F9, ISO 200.
I like how it looks like the statue here is presenting the Chrysler Building to the viewer. It also shows a good view of four of the eagle gargoyles and focuses in on the incredible window designs, with just a hint of the top spire. Sometimes its better to get closer on the details than to take a customary shot of the entire spire.
Also, this was taken from the car-pass that goes around Grand Central and is only open to walk on three days a year. The harder it is to access a location to take a photograph, the more I like it. :)
1/320 at f5.0, ISO 200. 20mm (cropped in). Man's face lightened 10%.
I decided that I'm going to start adding more commentary about some of the photos to the blog; some of it technical, and some of it not. If you've noticed, I have been spending my free time changing around the site a bit to focus on the blog and also changing the print selling side of it (price and size changes to come soon as well.)
I have been planning on adding more writing, commentary, articles and such soon, but between making these changes and paid work there has been little time. Soon.
Above: I wanted to lighten the man's face a bit to be more noticeable, but not too much, since I wanted it to still be the last thing you noticed. A darker sky would have been better, but I needed to capture the detail in the dark window.
1/200th at f4.0, ISO 400
I felt that this photo needed a French name of some sort. It reminds me of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
This was a reactionary shot, walking home at dusk with my camera around my wrist. I noticed the woman in the grate to the right of me and only had a split second to photograph it before she noticed me.
Because of the movement of my camera, there is a slight bit unavoidable blur, which I love in certain cases such as this. It adds that vibrant, ethereal but gritty, real-life street feeling of the old masters. But at the same time it makes the photograph feel almost like a black and white painting.
As Bresson said: "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept."