The Geometry of Leaving
Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 17-40 mm f/4L USM
?Exposure: f/4 at 1/60, ISO 1000, Gymnasium light
When I saw this scene, I knew I wanted to photograph it, but I just wasn't sure where the photo was. I made a few shots at different angles and focal lengths, but I just wasn't excited by any of the results. I stepped back, got relatively wide with my lens, and then the three layers just appeared: layer 1--the shapes at the top as conveyed by the bricks and white cinder blocks; layer 2--the shapes as conveyed by the regimented doors; and layer 3--the shapes as conveyed by the white lines on the blue floor. I snapped and walked away happy to have mined the image.?
Snow. Evening. City. Traffic. And a guy with a camera...I like where this went.
Red Church Runner
While visiting Geneva, IL with photo friends, we took a moment to look inside of St. Mark's church. As soon as I saw the interior, I just knew I had to photograph it with my fisheye lens. This is what I got.
Waiting but Not Smoking
Just another moment captured in the Great Hall at Chicago's Union Station. I simply cannot get over the quality of light in that room...it's delicious!
Museum Skylights (085/365 03-26-09)
My wife and I spent a lovely afternoon at the Field Museum in Chicago. While in the main atrium, I looked up and was immediately smitten with the way the light streamed in through the skylights and onto the hanging material. Naturally, I made an expsoure or two.
Game and Smokes
My wife and I, along with a couple of our friends, attended a show at Chicago's Empty Bottle bar. While we were milling around waiting for the show to start, I noticed this scene and knew I had to grab the shot.
Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM
Exposure: f/4 at 1/160, ISO 1250, Fluorescent Hot Lights
I was delighted to be able to do a joint photo shoot for Megan Lee Designs and Souldier Handmade. We had the use of an empty industrial space, and the light was gorgeous for our lifestyle shots. When the sun went down, out came the hot lights. At one point, we put up a white background to get some neutral product shots. ?I popped on the fisheye and grabbed this shot of the scene in action.
I had such a great time and am very excited about the photos we got. I look forward to posting samples in the days to come.
I also wanted to tell you a bit about Megan Lee Designs and Souldier Handmade:
Specializing in handmade goodness, Megan Lee Designs has been rocking the craft scene for almost ten years. Some words that could be used to describe Megan's screenprinted t-shirts, totes, cards, and women's fashion: cute, quirky, whimsical, beautiful, well-made, and unique. To see her work, head on over to www.meganleedesigns.com.
?Souldier is an independent design manufacturer, fusing aesthetic textile creation with functionality. Their unique merchandise is inspired by musicians and created for the connoisseur looking to express their inner spirit. They make custom guitar straps, custom bass straps, custom banjo straps, custom mandolin straps, custom ukulele straps, custom camera straps, custom dog collars, custom belts, hootenanny straps, vintage guitar straps, and tons more. Check out Jen's great work over at www.souldier.us.
Just having some fun with my Hipstamatic app while my wife gets her hair cut.
The Shank End of the Party
Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Exposure: f/1.2 at 1/100, ISO 2500, Ambient Light
I attended a fun New Year's Eve party and, naturally, my camera attended, too. I had a great time snapping photos throughout the night. I was delighted to find that many of the photos I took that evening worked as well as I had envisioned them.? However, a few photos worked even better than I had hoped. This was one of those photos.
I loved the colors, patterns, and textures going on in her dress, the crochet throw, the flowers in her hair, and the hat. I knew I had to capture them all somehow because it all worked so well. When I was walking back into the living room as the party was winding down, I saw the scene and knew I had a chance to get what I wanted the way I wanted it. And in the end, I was even happier than I had thought.
Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Exposure: f/2.8 at 1/160, ISO 1600, Natural Light
I am in the process of beefing up my food photography portfolio. One of the easiest ways to do this is to just snap away before we eat.?
This morning, I made a tasty breakfast for Karen and me: homemade guacamole and scrambled eggs on a warm whole wheat tortilla with oranges, cantaloupe, and blackberries on the side.
Karen moved the plate into the light streaming in from the window so she could make a quick photo for her friend who loves to trade meal ideas. The light was so beautiful that I had to grab my camera as well...and shot without any artificial light whatsoever.?
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I believe the art of photography lies in the ability to isolate a moment, a place, a person, or a thing giving us a chance to contemplate its fundamental nature. We see the subject in and of itself within its own context. Consequently, we perceive--and interpret--it in fresh and sometimes unexpected ways. The elegance of photography lies in the fact that we are able to revisit the quintessence of those moments well after they have come and gone. Photography helps us to change our perspective.
In this spirit, I find I am most excited when I photograph everyday details--some would call them minutia--and give them their own, individual context.
Knowing that The Shot (capital "T," capital "S") can be anywhere at anytime is very appealing. It may come in the form of an out-of-commission train car, a hand-lettered sign on a lonely country road, or the flaking but vivid paint on an alley dumpster. I love to discover the elements of a scene that make me think, hm, I like that. Ideally, others will like it as well.