Photos from Feb 8, 2018.
Feb 8, 2018
Photos from Feb 8, 2018.
Feb 8, 2018
That's it for August! The month-long photo project was enjoyable and something I plan to do again one day. In addition to taking a daily photograph, I chose one photographer every week and wrote notes about their work. These two activities supported each other. I would learn a technique from a photographer and try it in my own work during the week.
I wasn't bringing my phone on every run by the end of the month. But I would bring it if I went out at sunset or at times with nice light. Doing this encouraged me to explore new routes.
The eclipse pinhole viewers reminded me of a tradition at my school. One of the photography classes would black out all the windows in a classroom and make a room-sized pinhole camera. I never had the chance to participate so I made my own at home this week.
I was reading about David Alan Harvey this week and his approach to layering in photographs. I learned that one of his techniques is to find a static subject and then wait until something interesting happens in the background.
I set out to take photos of the highway from an overpass but found trains instead. I brought my tripod along so I could try shooting at night with low ISOs. Using a tripod made me much more intentionaI about the photographs.
This was the last day of August and the official end of the month-long photo project. I challenged myself to find something interesting without leaving the house. We've had abnormally orange, late afternoon light from the forest fire smoke so I waited until it was just right to take this photo. The photo is cluttered, but it felt like a record of a place that is lived in.
More orange light from the forest fire smoke. I was looking at the different ways Andrew Kim and Luke Beard take photographs of drinks in restaurants, and I noticed a common technique using angles and the corner of a table. It's not executed perfectly here, but it certainly made a difference in the composition.
Bridge silhouette. Also using a tripod at night.
I liked the multiple layers and patterns in this scene. There's the door frame, the tree shadows, the tree highlights, and the faint shadows from a distant streetlight.
It was eclipse day and these little half moons were everywhere. It was great taking a cereal box and turning it into a pinhole viewer too.
The partial eclipse viewing was exciting, but it also reminded me about the basics of photography and optics.
I tried using an s-curve composition for this photo. I think it may have been more effective to take a few steps to the left to show a larger portion of the pathway.
I went out around golden hour instead of after sunset this week. It was interesting seeing the usual spots in new light (literally).
I'm exposing for the sky here which is making dark silhouettes in the foreground. I found the car roof worked in a similar way as exposing reflected light on water.
More silhouettes against a gradated sky. These photos don't mean much as one-offs, but they work well in a series of related images.
I tried some more product photography this week. The lighting setup was quick and there's definitely room for improvement, but I'm happy about the background fading away.
A quiet street corner at night. I love how the elements in this picture peek out of the dominantshadows.
Stained glasses windows and the maintenance door of a church. I liked the tension between the elegant stained glass and the messy behind-the-sceneslook.
I fit in a drone flight on the weekend. I'm trying to get a few more flights in before it starts getting too cold to fly. I'm slowly learning the different kinds of drone shots (or tropes, cliches, etc.) and I've found it productive to not get caught up in trying to be original yet.
I purposely left my mirrorless camera at home and went out at night with my iPhone instead. I wasn't sure how the photos would come out with the low light situation, but I found that manually dropping the exposure produced clean images.
It wasn't until I brought this week's photo collection together that I realized the dark trend.
It rained one night this week which made for lovely reflections on the pavement. In this photo I tried being intentional about the interesting mixed light situation from last week.
I missed my chance for a photo this day but I still carried my camera around the house in the evening looking for a photo. The light from the TV made for interesting addition to a common scene around the home.
I love using spot metering to expose for the evening sky and capturing anything in the foreground as a silhouette.
I'm trying my best to stick to the photo every day habit in August. Despite a busy night and seemingly uninteresting subject matter, I made an effort to find a photo.
This photo walk happened late at night with strong winds. I could feel the anxiety that Robert Adams described. At any moment, a sound in the distance can conjure a feeling of dread, but it's all part of the excitement. And I found a classic car—it couldn't get better.
This particular street didn't have a sidewalk so I walked down the middle of the road. I loved the canopy of trees with the streetlights dotting the way forward. When it's this late at night, the roads are quiet and the traffic is rare.
I was happy with the simplified subject matter of this photo. It's a photo of willows, a streetlight, and a car. I always wonder how photos with contemporary cars will age though. Will these cars look classic in a few decades?
There was a better photo here but I missed the opportunity. I walked by and noticed the door of the car and screen door of the home open. The whole scene was dramatic. I was about to lift the camera to my eye but I noticed someone rustling around in the back seat of the car. I already feel like a creep walking around taking photos at night, and capturing someone in this vulnerable position made me feel bad.
Repeating this same walk multiple times has given me a new appreciation for the things I normally pass by. The streetlights make the light glisten like water on the leaves.
I used to keep as much detail in the shadows as I could but this held back interesting positive/negative shape relationships. Eventually I realized it's alright to let things disappear into black.
I took this accidental photo while running one day. I loved the motion blur and colours (likely a byproduct of the forest fire smoke).
There's haven't been many thunderstorms this summer so I was excited to finally see some lightning in the sky this week. I set up my tripod and started taking 30 second exposures at f/22 until I captured some lightning.
I have a small series of “gas stations at night” photos. I love the little beacons of light set against a plain backdrop.
There are two gas stations along my typical photo walk route so it's easy to see what's up at both.
I was interested in the mixed light temperatures in this scene. I need to experiment with this more.
I see photo opportunities while driving but I rarely pull over to take them. This project is encouraging me to park the car and make the photo. Unfortunately, they're usually failures because I'm looking in the distance with a telephoto eye which makes the 35mm lens unsuitable.
I used to take food photos for my girlfriend's blog. They were always amateur, but it was still fun. When I saw this beautiful assortment of pastries and baked goods I had to try again.
This is environmental portrait around golden hour in Vancouver. I was using the balcony door as a frame within a frame. One trick I learned is to temporarily crop in tight on the bright areas of the photo and adjust the photo until the histogram shows a proper exposure. Then I reset the crop and bask in a properly exposed subject and a naturally darkened frame.
I was thinking of a story from Understanding Exposure—likely the most useful photography book I own—when I took this photo. The author is a self-described “very specific time of day” photographer. He described the light between 11–3 as poolside light, because that's where you'll find him—sitting by the pool. Now I also happened to be at a pool so this photo was a subject matter and light challenge.
Luke Beard takes some of the nicest photos of cocktails (and food) I've seen. I'm trying to channel him here, but the photo ended up looking a bit flat and dull. (The drink was good!)
This sunset was dramatic. I've been watching the photographers I look up to closely and, unsurprisingly, noticed they rarely take pictures of a sunset. What they do instead is find an interesting subject and make a photo of it at sunset. I think this one still falls into “sunset photo” territory, but I'll get there. I'm also trying to figure out a series name for these photos from my balcony. My girlfriend recommended “Balcony Shotz” but that's been taken over by people drinking booze on their balcony already.