Posts Tagged ‘city’

Photo Friday: Cherry Blossoms

May 4, 2018

These beautiful cherry blossoms are blooming in force in front of the city building.

Cherry Blossoms

Photo Friday: Fire Hydrant Camouflage

March 2, 2018

I saw this city worker cleaning the sidewalk and thought it was a good moment for a shot.

Fire Hydrant Camouflage

Photo Friday: One Man’s Ordinary

February 9, 2018

The biggest issue with many photographers is they get complacent with their surroundings and don’t think they can find anything “interesting” to shoot.  I read an article during the 80’s that helped me through this problem. It said that what one man finds uninteresting, another finds amazing.

Don’t allow yourself to think you have nothing to shoot, because it’s all interesting to someone.

City Bell Tower

First Look Photo: City Architecture

February 7, 2018

Thanks to the wonderful website 52Frames.com I have been looking at some of the architecture of Portland.  I really like the looks of the city building, in the tower, at night.  I especially like the way the arches are lit up.

The Tower

 

First Look Photo: Out of the Mist

January 3, 2018

Thanks to the biting cold in Portland, Maine steam rises from the tops of buildings, making for very interesting photographic opportunities.

Out of the Mist

Photo Friday: All About the Lights

September 29, 2017

I recently changed jobs, and that means the pictures I can take to and from work has been extended to the city.  I wanted to get a nice shot of the city building tower, at night without flash, and this is my result.  I increased the ISO to 3200 and adjusted the exposure to compensate.

City Tower

I love the way the lights play on the architecture, and bring out the texture of the building.

Photo Friday: Homeless

January 20, 2017

I was watching an interview with a famous photographer, and something he said just clicked with me.  “Our purpose as photographers is not to change the world, but to draw attention to it.”  How can those with the ability to make effective changes in the world ever make those changes without knowing where the problem is.  Whether you’re a nature photographer, or a photojournalist in a war zone, you are out in the world inspiring others into action to make a better world.

Now, that’s enough of the soap box speech.  On to today’s photograph.  Recently, while out on the streets of Portland, I noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk, holding a sign about being homeless.  People were walking around her, trying to avoid eye contact.  In this shot, I chose not to show her face so I can show the background, and to give it an “any city” feel.  This is a scene that is played out in every city across the country, and in the rest of the world.  I would go so far as to say this is a timeless problem.

homeless

Photo Friday: City Lights

December 9, 2016

In this challenge, I wanted to photograph city lights in a different way.  Most of the photographs I see has a pretty solid skyline, so I thought I would break that up with the mostly dark condos in the middle ground.  I included the condo with all the lights on to add a little balance to the overall image.

Keeping in mind these challenges are not all about the camera, this shot was taken on my little point and shoot, while on a trip to the grocery store.city-lights

Photo Friday: Cityscape Sunset

August 26, 2016

I know sunset pictures are regarded as cliché, but there’s a reason for that.  You can have two people stand two miles apart, taking a shot at the same moment, and get two very different sunset shots.  No two sunsets are exactly the same, especially when you add in the element of clouds.

I decided to embrace the cliché with today’s photo.  It was taken off my balcony, with the Portland skyline, and the sun right behind it.

Portland Sunset

Photo Friday: Found moment in time

May 15, 2015

I have always said there are two types of timing, in photography; planned, and found.  Planned is when you know ahead of time when you need to take a picture to get the exact photograph you want; or you manipulate lighting, and your subject, to create the right conditions.

Found timing is being in the right place, at the right time to get a photograph, without any forethought.  If you take any pictures of nature, animals, and street photography, these will make up about 90 percent of your photographs.  Many of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen have bee this kind.  If you want this more simply, these are also called “Accidental Pictures.”  They are shots that you could never plan for, but you have to be ready to take out your camera at any time, and this means you need to have a camera with you at all times.

In the “old” days, this meant carrying around a large camera, that usually took too long to set up.  These days, however, we have it easy.  If you have a cell phone, or a simple point and shoot camera, you can have a camera ready in a moment’s notice, without carrying around heavy equipment.

Today’s photos are a prime example of having a camera handy, when the moment was right.  As always, I hope you enjoy them.

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