Going Back

Where: Mumbai, India

 

 

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When I captured this image 13 years ago I was using a 6 megapixel DSLR. While under no obligation to admit this, I had the camera set to jpeg. I know, I know. But do you remember how big Raw files were when working with 2 gigs of ram…

 

 

 

And of top of that, the image is back-focused and underexposed.

 

 

 

But with my improving Photoshop skills I was able to bring back, via an improved workflow, an image that emotionally reminds me of my first trip to India.

 

 

Of course on my next trip to India I’ll be shooting Raw with a 36 megapixel camera and might even bring the sticks.

 

 

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JP Wanna B

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

 

 

JP Effect

 

 

An ode to FOD (Friend of Dano) John Paul (JP) Caponigro.

 

 

I was walking along the waterfront in Stanley Park before a recent meeting and saw partial reflections of sailboat masts.

 

 

The partial reflections revealed the harbor bed and its different sized rocks.

 

 

Its not about the reflections or the rocks, but my attempt to emulate JP as he describes his work as “the nature of perception and the perception of nature”.

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Still Playing?

Where: Fairport NY

 

 

Horn Rest

 

 

Based on the gesture, I would speculate that while the horn is at rest the musician is continuing to play notes.

 

 

Those notes might be a bit lower than what comes out of the horn.

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11th Minute

Where: New York, NY

 

 

 

Footing

Outside my hotel near South St. Seaport, I came across a reflecting sculpture at the corner of Water and Pine called, “East-West Gate” by Yuyu Yang.

 

 

I only had 15 minutes before I needed to leave to make a presentation at the 2016 PDN Photo Annual.

 

 

I noted my, “have to leave time” and patiently waited for a human element to break up the abstract inanimate elements.

 

 

The perfect leg showed up at the 11th minute.

 

 

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4th Wheel

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Bike Shooze

 

Having a snooze

 

 

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Fenced In

Where: San Francisco, CA

 

 

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I could tell a compelling story where one felt trapped or some other related story of figurative incarceration.

 

 

But I just liked how this grate in front or a convenience store window looked with a narrow depth of field.

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Turn, Turn, Turn, Turn

Where: Poughkeepsie NY

 

 

Turned Vision

 

 

Some things just say it all.

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16 Wheeler

Where: New York City

 

 

16 Legs

 

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is walking who.

 

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Missed the Bus?

Where: San Francisco, CA

 

 

Bus Despair

 

I loathe clich√©’s but love when they are restated for an unexpected meaning.

 

 

We all know what its like to, “miss the bus”. I often think of the Eastman Kodak Co.

 

 

But in this image the person didn’t miss the bus, but it sure looks like she would have prefered to have missed it.

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Starlight

Where: Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Patchwork Wall

I was meeting a FOD (Friend of Dano) at one of the best steak places in Las Vegas, The Steakhouse at Circus Circus.

 

 

It’s a hidden gem within the confines of a tired hotel that peaked in the 1970s.

 

 

I was very excited about this dinner both for the restaurant, and knowing there were likely many Dano kinda of pictures in this depressed part of Las Vegas.

 

 

Sure enough, across the street from the hotel there was a construction site covered by a colorful vinyl wrap. With the end of day light I simply waited the right silhouette to walk out scene left.

 

 

 

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Running Late

Where: Kyoto, Japan

 

 

Running Late

 

When a bus is late, kids anywhere in the world make a dash to be on time.

 

 

But only in Japan would I find kids delicately holding their colorful umbrellas in mid-stride.

 

 

I was tempted to change the magenta umbrella to a red color and have RGB but…

 

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Worldwide Stuff

Where: Kyoto Japan

 

 

Japanese Stuff

 

Kyoto is known for amazing temples and shrines. When I asked my colleagues in Japan how many temples and shrines there are in Kyoto they told me, just like Starbucks one on every corner.

 

 

On our way to visit a shrine I saw this shopkeeper doing inventory and realized as George Carlin used to say, no matter who we are or where we are from, we all need our stuff.

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Toto, We’re Not in Tokyo Anymore

Where: Osaka, Japan

 

 

 

Winker

 

When I was planning my trip to Osaka my colleague from Japan told me that people in Osaka are very friendly compared to Tokyo.

 

 

And indeed I would have difficulty making this kind of picture in Tokyo.

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Squeeze Play

Where: Osaka, Japan

 

 

Osaka-Squeeze-Crop

 

 

Noren are the traditional curtains that hang at the entrances of many restaurants in Japan.

 

 

They come in different lengths and styles and when hungry, they are a welcome sight.

 

 

The cramp space, the kimonos and the sandals in this image means not only is this restaurant in Japan, but it probably has amazing food.

 

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Go Fourth

Where: Osaka, Japan

 

 

3.5

 

When I checked into my hotel I learned it was the tallest building in Japan. And because of of my status with the hotel chain, I would have early access to the observation floor in the morning.

 

 

Knowing with jet lag I would probably be up at 4am, I took advantage of the offer for the early morning entrance.

 

 

Sure enough I was up at 3:30am, did email for a while, had some coffee, had some more coffee, then headed to the elevators for the observation floor. What a view!

 

 

This was my first time in Osaka so it was helpful for my bearings to know Northeast was towards Kyoto and West was towards Kobe. And after a good 3-4 minutes of taking in the view and watching others taking snaps with smartphones, I instinctively knew the best pictures would not be looking out.

 

 

I soon noticed when people got off the elevator they headed straight to the first open window. Because people in Japan are so respectful, each person would move to the next open window to avoid spoiling anyone’s view.

 

 

I went to manual mode on the camera to manage the silhouettes and then compositional autopilot looking for Golden Ratio elements and/or Fibonacci groupings of 3s and 5s.

 

 

It’s easy to say lets break the rules of composition, but I was classically trained in design so for me, it’s not easy. But I knew it was going to be tough finding 3s and 5s.¬† When I saw a fourth element starting to move, I immediately knew I could go forth with the fourth.

 

 

 

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Seeing Red

Where: Vancouver, BC

 

 

Red Run

 

As soon as I stepped on the escalator I realized it was not part of my hotel. I had no choice but to take it to the top and turn around.

 

 

I was annoyed.

 

 

As I made the turn to go back down, I found myself in front of an entrance to a health club.

 

 

I was no longer annoyed when I saw the end of day light thorough the red tinted windows.

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Crunch Time

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Salter

 

On our way to the floating markets last week we came across a salt harvest.

 

 

Our driver asked if we wanted to stop.

 

 

Based on the amazing symmetry, light, texture, pink tones courtesy of the algae and gesture the answer was, “Duh”.

 

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Semi-Decisive Moment

Where: New York, NY

 

 

Bresson

 

 

Three days after winter storm Jonas dumped two feet of snow in Manhattan, I was traversing the now slushy streets on my way to give a presentation.

 

 

Right by Penn Station, the puddles and the light reminded me of Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment.

 

 

 

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Looming Around

Where: Our House

 

 

Looming

I shot this in our house so it’s not the shadows of those wonderful windows at O’Hare.

 

 

It looks a bit like the inside of our piano, but it’s not.

 

 

It could be a pasta maker in our kitchen, but no.

 

 

It’s my wife’s loom, illuminated with the low angled winter light coming in through our living room window.

 

 

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The Other Red Light District

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

 

Red Light Bikes

 

Seems like there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than people.

 

 

So instead of shooting Dutch postcards of canals and wooden shoes, I made my way to the Fietsflat which is the bicycle lot near the Centraal Station.

 

 

As the light was setting, and at the right angle, the rear reflectors on each bike were lighting up like a candelabra. Finding the right angle was tricky as I was casting my own shadow on the scene. So I experimented moving my position and in this image, cast my shadow just to the right of the person on the phone.

 

 

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Flight Time

Where: San Fransisco, CA

 

 

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Like O’Hare (ORD) the airport in San Fransisco (SFO) has sandblasted window lines.

 

 

This is the pedestrian overpass to get from the Skytrain to the Terminal.

 

 

At the right time of day with the right light, the geometry is right for a pleasing composition.

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Radius = Number of Feet Multiplied by…

Where: Sandusky, OH

 

 

 

Circle Feet

 

 

 

For roller coaster enthusiasts Cedar Point is a bucket list destination.

 

 

 

When we took our kids there a few years ago, I found maXair much more visually interesting than the more famous rides like Top Thrill Dragster.

 

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Family Portrait

Where: Kent, England

 

 

Courting

 

I was fortunate to have great weather at the Teston Bridge Kite Festival. In the UK there is always weather, but often it’s not the kind of weather one would like to have.

 

 

The arc of the foreground kite reminded me of a proud parent with the kite’s children flying high toward the perfect cloud in the perfect sky.

 

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Dust Up

Where: Tijuana, Mexico

 

 

Deposit

 

 

Not sure why these empties were so dusty.

 

 

And of course the dust makes the picture.

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Groovy

Where Portland, OR

 

 

Groovy

 

Marketing 101: Know your target audience.

 

 

This vendor selling tie-dye shirts knows how to attract the right customer.

 

 

Or as they say in Portland, Keep It Weird.

 

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