Archive for the ‘street photography’ Category

It’s hard enough driving by car in snow, but Boulder certainly has the heartiest bike commuters!

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Sunset on the last day of the annual film festival in Boulder.

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I was a photojournalist in the 1980s and 1990s in Trenton, NJ, working for a daily newspaper.  Left in 2001 and the paper laid off most of its staff shortly thereafter.  What a great heyday we had, though, while it lasted.  It was incredible.  Shooting political events, pro sports, spot news, big NJ events.

 

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There’s a place in Boulder by the courthouse, at 13th Street and the Pearl Street Mall, where you can get your hula on, anytime.  Just pick one up and join the group.

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I like shooting in urban settings more than in nature.  I like the way elements can come together in an instant when I’m walking about shooting street.  This shot for me works well only because we can see the driver in the car on the right, and there is a car turning in front of me to help balance the foreground.  Plus the bikers, of course.  Lovely documentation of life in the early 2000s that will be looked at in 100 years, and they’ll find our modes of transportation primitive, I’m sure.

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I make a point when I’m crossing streets to shoot between cars and into lanes that would ordinarily be difficult to shoot in.  I love her big Mercedes, and again, that I can see her face.

I need to take a hike on concrete!

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Covered in dust from working a construction project, Larry takes a well-earned late afternoon smoking break. On a beautiful, unseasonably 70-degree day in Boulder, Colorado.

Unless you’re using your phone camera in poor light, so that the image is blurry and grainy, your camera in most situations is good enough.  I’m not a proponent of using a phone camera only.  I carry a Rolleiflex 3.5F, Leica M6, M8 or Fuji X100 all the time.  Sometimes all at once.

But our camera gear is not in the way of our making great photos.  Our sleeping in on vacations (missed that golden sunrise), that shooting ordinary, uninspired scenes (and not editing them out), those are the cause of bad photos.  Because the camera is just a tool to record the moment.  And that moment, that subject, is way more important than how the well the sensor records light and micro-contrast.

I find that kind of chart-photography, pixel-peeping the bane of people who want to be photographers, but are stuck on the tech and not finding the image.  It’s out there.  You have to work to get it.  You have to go on walks.  You have to take it everywhere.  Moments will show up when you least expect them.  Have a camera with you.  Not in your bag.  Not on your shoulder.  Around your neck and turned on.

Because the moment is what the viewer is seeing, not the camera brand or megapixel count of the shot.  The emotional response is what will get the viewer every time.  Not the technical aspects.

Just like no one cared what typewriter Hemingway wrote on.  It’s just the story that counts.  Go find your story.

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