Saturday, March 19, 2011

Smiley

When I look back at some of the people that I've shot (with my Canon, not a cannon), I wonder about their backstories. Like this guy for example, walking swiftly past a Fedex truck on Market Street. (He actually sort of looks like a fed). He was in a major rush to get to wherever he was headed, a very grim impression on his face. Was he late for a meeting with a client? A mobster looking for Fat Tony? Or maybe he was a Fed. We'll never know for sure...


 I'm not a real big fan of doing black and white when shooting digital, but I do like to tinker with it every now and then. B+W is also something I use when I overexpose something, like I did with the Fed guy on a very sunny day. I try to adjust the highlights and shadows and contrast on Lightroom instead of just going by the preset B+W button. Makes for more interesting photos afterwards.

Just don't turn into one of those people who click a button to make a B+W photo and call it art.

Damn hipsters.

32 comments:

  1. Took me a while of reading to figure out by 'shot' you meant 'photographed'.

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  2. I thought the same thing, haha.

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  3. Lol at first I was like wtf am i reading dude. some wacko psycho shit or something?

    but it all turned out ok

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  4. hard to not fall into the hipster category when doing b+w photographs

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  5. but the B&W setting makes it so easy :b

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  6. Maybe the guy looks so grim because you didn't ask for permission to take his photograph? I mean, I think a lot of people would have the same facial expression. I really love the picture though. B&W can look very classic.

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  7. B/W is something that has to be done on the right pictures, not just a random one. Just my 2 cents

    Following :)

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  8. Nice blog, check out mine.

    + follower

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  9. Nice one. A lot better than the 17 year old wannabe photographers I get in CVS a lot.

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  10. Hahaha true about that BW hipster things, last weekend there was a hipster in party and he took tons of pics there and now FB is fucking flooded of 'em, coz it's ART!!(?!)... And yes overexposing with BW is used almost everywhere, especially when taking pics of humans d:

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  11. I think this is quite wonderful. We don't know him, you don't know him, you've captured a passing moment in history, with no explanation.

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  12. I had those shots as well, but they all burnt now since my house burned last 2003. :(

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  13. That pic captures his essence...very nice work.

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  14. I love what photo.

    Also, maybe it's just me, but I see camera + shot, and I think photograph.

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  15. Lol that guy doesn't look happy -- probably because he works for FedEx

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  16. Neat photo! Followed! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  17. Yeah, he was totally a fed. Did you notice if, walking a little further ahead, but not too far, of him an Arab dude? Because that would solve it.

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  18. A lot of people do that.. or sepia, that's even worse!!

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  19. Nice!
    Hah on the background!
    +follower! :)

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  20. Ya I agree that was a fed!
    Followed!

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  21. Lol at first I was like wtf am i reading dude. some wacko psycho shit or something?

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  22. Someone had to say it. I get tired of "deep" B+W photos as well, there's a lot more interesting things to do with a camera, people are just too lazy to learn how to use features that aren't automated.

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