On Monday, I made my way to downtown LA to capture the rainy scene. When I got there the rain stopped and started hunting for puddles.
Posts Tagged ‘Street Photography’
Category California, Downtown, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Photography, Puddle, Rain, Street Photograph
Category B&W, Black and White, Black and White Photography, CA, California, Photography, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach, Street Photograph
Category Betting, Black and White, Black and White Photography, CA, California, Hollywood Park, Hollywood Park Casino, Hollywood Park Horse Track, Horse, Horse Racing, Horse Racing, Horse Track, Inglewood, LA, Los Angeles, Money, Racetrack, Sport, Sports, Sports Photography, Street Photograph, Track
Category CA, California, Ferris Wheel, Photography, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Street Photograph
Category B&W, Black and White, Black and White Photography, Photography, Photojournalism, Photoshop, Portraits, Sport, Sports, Sports Photography, Street Photograph
I paid the $10 general admission entry fee at Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood to celebrate the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes in New York but in California. Hoping for a packed park on one of the busiest days of the year for horse racing, I brought my camera with a 16-35mm lens poised to photograph the people at the track.
For the first hour I photographed in color but I just wasn’t feeling it. I changed the picture style to monochrome and increased the contrast and sharpness. In addition, I cranked up the ISO to 2000. Since most photos were taken indoors, in order to freeze the action, I would need at least a 1/125 of a shutter speed. Also, I wanted a grainy look and feel, as if shot with a film.
Something to note when shooting RAW as I always do: The preview image shown on the LCD screen on the camera is a jpg version applying the picture style settings. When you take the same RAW file into Photoshop or Lightroom there will be a noticeable difference between the RAW file to the back of the LCD. In the case when shooting monochrome, as I did at the horse track, Lightroom opens up the files in color. Don’t get alarmed. Photoshop or Lightroom sees the RAW file as the name indicates – RAW – uncompressed and still having all information available to process. The file still has all of its color information. I have a preset in Lightroom to turn the images back to black and white matching the user picture style settings of the camera.
Here are some of the images. The first is my favorite from the day.
A gentleman smokes a cigarette between races at Hollywood Park on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Inglewood, Calif.
The only one that looks better in color
Category Downtown, Downtown Los Angeles, Flower, LA, Los Angeles, Market, Photography, Photojournalism, Street Photograph
Last Saturday I had time to kill before meeting friends for dinner in Little Tokyo. I ventured to the flower district downtown LA. The place was buzzing especially with mother’s day the next day. The place was filled with wonderful colors and great fresh smells. Here are my two favorite photos from my walk.
Category LA, Los Angeles, P on Camera Dial, Photography, Street Photograph, West LA
During my stroll to the post office last week, I took part in an original, self-made, street photography challenge. First, I set my camera on P on the mode dial because I am a professional. [See earlier blog-post] Joking aside, I set my camera setting to manual and used the sunny 16 rule. I treated the camera like it was a film camera filled with black and white film (picture style was set to monochrome). Here were the rules: Only one click of the shutter and no reviewing the LCD. I would need to wait until I uploaded the pictures at home to review. The result: It made me pause and review the scene before pressing down on the shutter.
Here are my favorite shots from the mile and a half walk west of the 405 on Santa Monica Blvd.
Category CA, Color, Humor, LA, Los Angeles, Photography, Street Photograph
Category New York City, New York Times, Photography, Street Photograph
Category Cycling, Downtown, Los Angeles, Photography, Sports Photography, Tour of California
These photos were taken at the Tour of California but they are different from all of my pervious shots. These shots were taken when I was lying on my stomach in the street. To standout as a photographer you need to find new ways to capture your subject matter. Change your angle, shot from high above or low to the grow. Use a different lens than what is typically used. Be different from everyone else is a good thing in photography.
On this Saturday, 75% of my shots were of me standing up [almost everyone else photographing the event was standing up], 20% of the time kneeing down and 5% lying flat in the street or on the sidewalk. I got plenty of stares from the people walking by while lying flat in the street but its worth it.
Being different also works for your background/foreground. The professional photographs found the locations where the background/foreground says as much as the riders do. A few of the professional guys shot the riders making the turn into front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. The iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall tells a story. The professional photographers who routinely photography cycling are great working with the background/foreground subject matter.
Throw out your comfort zone once in awhile and lying flat on your subject or get a high advantage point to shoot. You can thank me later!