a collection of experiences, ideas and image samples related to street photography.
self portrait... 1/8 sec , f/16 , ISO 400
camera: FujiFilm x100
After feeling a bit stagnant with my photography, I decided to assign myself specific projects while out freelancing. I usually shoot with an aperture of f/8 , low ISO (100-400) and fast shutter speeds to freeze the action. However, I decided to challenge myself by setting the shutter no higher than 1/15 sec. This created a feeling of constant movement. I used the background, usually an architectural structure, as a reference to adjust my other settings. I had quite a few images that simply didn’t work but that was kind of the point. I wanted to experiment and be open to the unexpected.
More zine projects to come!
Exposure: 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 at a focal length of 50mm
The structural design of bicycles are fascinating to me. In my freelance photography, I am drawn to how light reflects off of the chrome, rain drops dangling below the tubes and how people chain them to bike racks. Composing bikes in unconventional ways create amazing street photographs and abstract work.
proof print of transportation in a non-motion mode
Weathering the Storm of a Creative Block
1/200 sec, f/5.6 , ISO 640
camera: Canon EOS 40D
lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5
Its a Cruel, (Cruel)...Cruel Summer
A few months ago, I found myself in a creative rut. I wasn't motivated nor had the urge to photograph anything for the majority of the summer months. Experiencing a creative block can be a stressful period for obvious reasons. For me however, it was a game of patience. I decided to not force myself to find inspiration; it would find me eventually and it did. But during this period, I just didn't have the need to photograph. I tried sketching and creating music but my mood was off and I had nothing to say artistically. It happens...
The Rising Sun
Fast forward to this Fall; it is a rare occation when I don't have a camera in my hand. I now spend a lot of time reading and researching the art of photography. I am shooting almost everyday. I have about 25 rolls of undeveloped film (both 35mm and medium format) that are ready to be processed (one day, this is another time consuming project entirely). I also have been using Google +, Tumblr and other social media outlets as references for personal project ideas. Last week I planned to do some sub-framing and shadow chasing over the weekend but Mother Nature had other plans - several days of chilly, wet weather! So I adjusted to what the urban canvas provided and used the last couple of days to do street photography in the rain in Chicago and Detroit.
Creating a dramatic cinematic style
"point of view..." - 1/250 sec, f/1.8, iso of 400 captured with a 50mm lens
camera: Canon EOS 40D
lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Inspiration: Film Noir
I love to watch black and white movies on TCM (Turner Classic Movies)! I appreciate how lighting played a key role in creating a sense of mystery and drama. I've worked in a photography studio quite a few times in the past and I must admit that it is not my strong point. I am not comfortable in a 'controlled setting'. My creative process is to freelance and to not have an actual plan. This is why I gravitate more towards street photography. I personally have more freedom to explore and color outside of the lines a bit.
I like to shoot with a low ISO setting (usually 200 or 250) for a dark tonality. I aim for bright whites and extreme blacks. I'm finding that my photographs seem to 'come to life' a bit more when I minimize my exposure levels in camera and give a slight punch to the contrast. Besides that, I simply freelance and allow interesting subjects to freely appear in the frame.
I use my camera to paint with light. Silhouettes, shade and shadows are most fascinating to me. The emphasis on darkness help create a classic film noir style. I love when I am able to create a photograph that is timeless. Street photography is (or should be) an artistic journey. Every time I go out and shoot is totally different from the last. Part of my photographic experience is to accept what comes naturally, then capture it. I will shoot in the cold, rain, snow and at night. Storytelling is honest so I embrace impactions and flaws; the 'happy accidents' are part of the narrative.
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.