surrender nothing

Several weeks ago, I started a workshop that runs the duration of the summer, about half shooting sessions, half lab sessions.  The goal is to shoot daily, locally - even I cannot 'travel' to shoot every day, much as I wish I could.  There is nothing I would love more than to do photography, each and every day - at least that's how it feels, the grass is always greener somewhere else, yes?  The next best thing to traveling to great locations seemed to be to learn how to shoot what is right around me.

This shot was taken while walking around a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  I was especially drawn to the slogan - good for the cause of D.C. statehood, and good for my art.

out and about

The photo challenge I'm participating in came along at a good time.  I haven't had much time to get out and shoot, so quick, daily assignments satisfy my need to keep shooting.  And the few times I have made extended, dedicated trips to shoot haven't been very productive lately.  The photo challenge also has me shooting things I might not have done otherwise and, in the process, I'm learning a few things.  This image - shot for the theme, 'Someone else' - has been the most enlightening so far.  I love street photography - and I am really uncomfortable taking photographs of other people, especially people I don't know.  I knew both of those things, but I had no idea just how uncomfortable this makes me.  I would almost describe the feeling as fear - of what I'm not sure. Shooting for this assignment has me thinking about taking on the 100 Strangers project.  It's a fascinating project - shoot 100 strangers, but you must talk with them, get a bit of their story, and share that as well as the photo.  Just the thought of it intimidates me, which means it might just be something I ought to try.

I wanted to stretch a little with this photo challenge - I'm being stretched more than I imagined, and consider that a very good thing.

god and mammon

I have wanted to try shots like this for some time and decided this morning would provide one of my best opportunities - good cloud cover, with lots of movement, and Sunday morning in an area that is more business than residential.  Whenever I see shots like this, I've always wondered how the photographer manages to get it set up, since you obviously need a tripod.  And I hear lots of stories about being given a hard time by over-zealous police officers and security guards.  Sure enough, I'd been shooting here for around 45 minutes when a guard came out to ask what I was doing.  I pointed skyward and explained that I was taken photos of the clouds.  He nodded, said he guessed that was alright, if I was just taking pictures of the clouds.

I was fairly certain I was fine - public sidewalk, not impeding traffic, that sort of thing.  But security guards and officers don't always know what the rules are - and some rely on intimidation and the photographer's ignorance to aggressively enforce a 'no photography' policy.  It's a good idea to know what your rights are as a photographer.  Different countries and locations will have different rules.  For the U.S., here's information from the ACLU, explaining what you can and cannot do and what officers are permitted to ask of you.  I know some photographers who keep this information in their camera bags.

Angel of the Waters

I love New York City.  This past spring I made several trips to the city, finally checking out the cheap buses that make numerous, inexpensive runs to NYC every day.  It's one of those things where you kick yourself later for not bothering to do it before.  And I really should have made another trip back, especially over the holidays.  But life, and other projects, got in the way.  I will go back - I haven't even begun to exhaust the possibilities there.

Saturday morning in the capital

I'm back from my trip - and still catching up.  mjray926, I haven't forgotten you.  mj nominated me for Versatile Blogger - I'm still working on my 15 nominees and 7 random things.  I should be able to post it later today.

As for this shot - I like street photography, though I haven't done a lot of it and would not claim to be especially good at it.  Getting all of the elements to work together is difficult - there is a lot going on in cities, packed into small areas.  Perhaps that's why it seems easier on weekends, early in the morning, though that too has its pluses and minuses - less to coordinate and less to work with.

I really like this shot, but can't help feeling it would be stronger with just the lone runner, if the couple had not been there.  But he was running faster than they were walking.  Wait much longer for them to move out of the frame and he would have been too far down the path.  At first, I was disappointed with it, the reality not quite coming up to my vision.  But when I remember all the decisions and choices we make, every time we trip the shutter, everything that must come together for a good image, it's amazing how often it works.

Perhaps not the 'decisive moment' but a good one all the same.

on the road again

One of these days, I might have to invest in a car mount.  In the meantime, I have fun experimenting with these, on those rare occasions when I'm not driving and am sitting in the front seat!  If you are traveling over the next few days, take care, be safe - and have fun!  Myself, I will be heading west to see my son - meaning, I may not be around for the next several days.  I'm trying to get some posts written to publish over the next several days but there is much to do before I leave.

Happy holidays to everyone, whatever you may celebrate in the coming week.  Thank you for your visits and comments.