trying to burn off the rest of this roll shooting birds at the duck pond. i must say i took the best photos i’ve ever taken in land park on this day. i’ve got a couple of other really clear bird shots, as well as some human ones. normally i have a hard time with the birds here, but maybe it was a time of day when they are just more mellow. egrets always fly away, but this one was letting me get about 10 ft away, so knowing that i got him to fly right when i wanted him to so i could take this shot. kodak ektar (100) makes beautiful pictures. a couple of weeks ago i ordered a bunch of kodak gold (400) off of b&h, we will see if that can come anywhere close to the ektar, which i will probably want to load up on during the next shipment. i’m currently packing something like 15 rolls of 35mm, and 12 rolls of 120, which is going to be nice compared with buying one or two rolls at a time = less trips to the camera store and more just shooting. i’m also building up a backlog of exposed rolls to be processed and i’m starting to come to terms with my anxious disposition towards wanting to see my pictures as soon as possible. this picture for instance i’m not really too happy with, although i think it is good, i basically posted it because i needed a picture to post today. [the inherent issue with 365 blogs]. but when i initially took this picture i was so happy because i made the egret do what i wanted it to, and i wasn’t frustrated by it like i have been in the past. its nice to become separate from that experience in terms of ones ability to edit (to show a picture or not as opposed to fixing it up in photoshop) ones work. its not as if the bird is tack sharp or anything. and it would have been much better if the bird was flying over the shadowed area when i snapped the shot rather than the blown out area. nevertheless, i hope you enjoy my picture of the day.
this fellow was complimenting me on my camera as i was walking down the street, so i took his photo close up. unfortunately its not in perfect focus (it is poorly focused). but it was important to capture the moment of his thumb being up. which wouldn’t be such a bad idea for an initial street photography series. portraits of people with their thumbs up.
okay, so this is what it looks like when the photo store scans one of my shots, rather than me with my DSLR. i suppose its time to start researching which scanner to buy. its twice as expensive for them to scan your pictures. plus they only give me a 1200 x 1800 image, which is a 4×6 print, which is really small. this quality is comparable to my digital camera, if not better. this was on Kodak Ektar 100 ‘worlds finest grain’. colors look great, and i only boosted the contrast with a curves layer in photoshop, which, was likely unnecessary, but i just can’t help myself.
insight into a real deal streettogs methods
“I don’t have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions.” – Garry Winogrand
I like this quote. There are all of these people who talk about how an image should tell a story. Or a photo is worth 1000 words. Okay, that is great, and I think that there are some powerful images that suggest ideas for us – or we can just tell what is going on – or at least we think we do. The problematic issue with a photograph telling a story is that is impossible. The viewer is inevitably telling the story to their own self. And the way that viewer tells the story to itself is going to depend upon way to many things for me to account for. So, that being said some images are so simple that there shouldn’t be any confusion over what is going on. Here in my photo of the day, we have a puppy wearing a hat. It shouldn’t be too surprising that the puppy didn’t do this to himself. It was his owner, sitting cross legged in the background [a detail that could have been ambiguous]. But I’m here with Winogrand. I’m not looking for any greater meaning. Just photos.
i took this fellows photo because i thought he looked rather stylish walking down the street. I think it was lucky to catch his headphones coming out of his pocket as they are. Makes a nice flowing line. I waited until the last second to take this shot as he was walking towards me because he never looked up from his phone. I usually wait for them to look at me, unless like i feel i will miss an opportunity. This is a good example of that.
i took a second shot of these guys where the peace sign man is just working, and it has a much better composition than this one. but, i thought i’d show this one off day because of the fact the guy was making the peace sign. he knew how cool it was to be using the blow torch, and getting recognized by the camera for that. respect. this was taken in old sacramento at the tower bridge parking garage. (by me)