These people are on a brisk morning walk along the river a couple days ago. We don't get a lot of cold days in winter, but when we do we wear sweatshirts and jackets that sit in the closet most of the year. Having endured the long hot seasons of Florida, you won't hear me complain about a spell of chilly weather. Bring it on baby.
This is taken in Bradenton and that's the Manatee River. It's a half mile wide here and a couple miles downstream it empties into the Gulf. It's not uncommon to see dolphins or manatees around here.
I live on the other side of the river in the little town of Palmetto. Locally the towns across the river are known as north river; simple enough eh?
I was walking my dog this morning as I took this image. He sits patiently as I crouch down to get this low angle and perspective of the brick walkway. I take my camera on many of our walks and he's gotten used to my stopping at the oddest times. But come to think of it, this is probably the same view that he sees all the time. Hmmm, maybe I'm on to something.
This is a west end evening in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. The lights in the sky are fading and the lights of the city are beginning to glow. This is a popular spot because hundreds of people walk along the shore here in the evening, perhaps ending up on Denman Street for Sushi. I'm standing on a pile of rocks, and about 30 seconds after I shot this I managed to slip and fall. Camera was fine, ego not so much.
Sometimes I get questions regarding how I processed an image to today I thought I'd relate some of the steps.
I used a wide angle zoom lens for this at about 14mm, that gives the sky and water that zoomy effect, basically it causes everything to converge on the middle. I love the effect for landscapes, especially when the main subject is at the center of convergence as the city is here.
I combined three images into AuroraHDR Pro to get an overall dramatic effect to the image. I then applied a texture in the sky and did some final tone mapping in Lightroom, warming it up a tad.
The thing is I never do the same thing twice, every image is unique and the effect is non-repeatable even by me. That's because there are a hundred other little things that I did that I could never hope to remember, it's like painting with a brush, on one level it's completely freeform and one of a kind.
So there you have it. Click, slip, fall and process. That's my process from start to finish.
A late night in Barcelona was spent walking around this section of the city filled with restaurants and Tapas bars. This is another from the series that I've posted from the area. It was a film noir kind of atmosphere, such that I expected characters from an old movie to walk by at any moment. That wasn't to be.
Black and white is a medium that evokes more from my imagination. Monochrome compared to color is like radio to video. Radio allows my mind to rush in a fill the void resulting in a more vivid experience. It's counterintuitive, a case of less is more. So it is with black and white photography. My brain knows the world is colorful so it rushes in to fill a similar void and, unknowingly I've become engaged with the image.
In this scene I purposely removed some of the detail, I simplified the image. So that, together with the high contrast tones, the black and white image leaves out information for my mind to fill in. What I fill in is different from you, it's depends on our personality, psyche and predispositions. Same principal as an ink blot, or looking at clouds, we each see something different. For me, this is a mystery and a puzzle all wrapped into an old movie from the forties. For you, something very different than me.