1/200th at F16, ISO 400 (105mm).
The East Village is the neighborhood in Manhattan that is currently undergoing the fastest rate of change and gentrification in New York (and also where I live). Beginning in the 1960s the area became a haven for artists and musicians and became the center of the subculture of New York and the birthplace of punk rock. Now rents are rising and sleek high-rises and subway sandwich shops are taking over.
This photo shows the layers of a city, from the gritty underbelly to the polished skyline. It also represents the rapid change that is occurring in the neighborhood of the East Village, from its 'seedier' past to a very fast approaching, sleek and sterile future.
This is an example of how a street photograph can show much more than just a fleeting moment. A narrow, telephoto view can sometimes describe an entire neighborhood or city. Moments like this come very few and far between but are the reason that I get up in the morning.
Technically, this was a large construction truck parked in front of a construction scene. I waited for the cab signs to come into view and was fortunate enough that the "Gentlemen's Club" and "Ciroc" cabs parked simultaneously at the right spots while waiting for the light. I could have waited a lot longer for this shot then I ended up having to.
It was shot at F16 because I wanted to keep as much sharpness throughout the different layers of the photo. The focus specifically was put on the middle-ground area of the graphic of the buildings.
1/320th at F4.5, ISO 800 (24mm)
We're back and back to the street photography.
Shots like this with people are sitting on stoops are pretty tough to get in a candid fashion. You do not want to disturb the scene. Your presence and your camera are very obvious and so you have to shoot from the hip and guess the framing without looking through the viewfinder. Also, you need to guess how far the person is away and pre-focus as you come upon the scene. With the bars and different elements in the scene, auto-focusing will rarely work.
It can take a bit of practice to get decent at.
1/320th at F4.0, ISO 800 (24mm).
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 :)
Well I'm back from my trip. Got in late last night and this is how I feel today. Definitely need a vacation from the vacation.
Catching up with work today and trying to keep my eyes open. Will put up some photos from the trip tomorrow.
On the back: "Marine Helen Petras"
On the back: "Peter Petras"
- Helen is this you and your brother-in-law?
Here's a quick snapshot from the Grand Tetons.
We're in Jackson Hole now for a close friend's wedding and went on a gorgeous hike yesterday.
The weather was perfect and sunny for hiking, but some clouds would have been better for photographs. Not that this mountain hasn't been photographed a million times already though.
For those of you that don't know, Bruce Gilden is one of the most famous living street photographers out there. And he's got an extremely unique photography style.
Bruce prefers to inject himself into a scene, to pounce in real close with his camera and flash and to photograph people's reactions. The flash and expressions make the city seem almost like a harrowing place. It's a very interesting and bold style that is completely different from my own approach, but some of the photos he comes up with are extremely interesting.
The day I saw him I was walking to meet my brother at a tuxedo rental fitting around 42nd street. I brought my camera as I always do when I'm walking somewhere but wasn't paying much attention. Then out of the corner of my eye I noticed a man in a safari jacket running through the crowd. 'Holy shit that has to be Bruce Gilden I thought.' It happened so fast and I wasn't that prepared so I managed to take a blurry photo of him in action and a second sharp one of him after the fact. He moves so fast that the subject really has no chance to figure out what's happening until after the photo is taken. It's really an amazing and hysterical thing to see in person.
You can view his work here.