The Complementary Blues

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Flower Schlep

 

 

When I saw this man carting yellow flowers under a blue awning at an outdoor market, I knew the complementary colors would make an impactful image

 

 

 

For those that know color theory, it doesn’t get much better color-wise when creating a composition.

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Cross-Hatch

Where: Irvine, CA

 

 

 

Shadow arrows

 

Two places where I struggle to make pictures are Orlando and Orange County, California.

 

 

Maybe there is an orange connection but more likely its that both places are modern and clean and nice and not my kind of places…

 

 

When I saw the shadows of palm trees from my hotel room crossing over the lines in the hotel’s parking lot it reminded me of angry pencil scribbles on a paper document.

 

 

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The Other Way

Where: Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

Bubble-Gum

 

Whenever I’m at a big event or tourist attraction, I always remember Jay Maisel’s advice to look in the other direction of the action.

 

 

That advice often pays dividends because that’s where some of the best pictures are found.

 

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Can’t Lose

Where: Kyoto, Japan

 

 

 

Kyoto Friends 2 copy

 

 

Kimonos are like stained glass windows, they are so amazing it’s tough to make a bad picture.

 

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Hand-Off

Where: Rochester, NY

 

 

Nascar-hand

 

One photograph can tell multiple stories.

 

 

In this image some would see the gesture of the hand as a symbol of incarceration, while others might see the despair of refugees.

 

 

And a few would correctly point out that it’s the hand of a Dad watching his kid at a little league game.

 

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To be Fair

Where: Costa Mesa, California

 

 

OC Fence

 

After finishing a round of golf with colleagues at Strawberry Farms I knew the light would be good in 30 minutes.

 

 

So I headed to the Orange County Fair.

 

 

As I was parking the light was just about perfect and then to my dismay, I was at the end of very long line to buy tickets and then there was another long security line after that.

 

 

I calculated that by the time I got in, the light would have gone out. While walking back to the car I saw this wonderful silhouette of a person exiting the Fair through a side gate.

 

 

So I still got my shot and didn’t have to pay…

 

 

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Land of Smiles

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Flower Girl Bangkok

 

“Dano, why are all the people you photograph never smiling?”

 

 

Not true!

 

 

But for smiles, I seek to capture something genuine reflecting a person’s personality like this girl in Bangkok’s flower market.

 

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Vegas Brewski

Where: Las Vegas

 

 

Vegas Beer

 

 

Another trade show in Las Vegas.

 

 

This time I headed to Fremont St. after show hours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deep 9

Where: Tampa, Florida

 

 

Nine Sign

 

 

Simply the shadow of a hose on a windy day where leaves blew into a pool.

 

 

I waited until the wind died down revealing a number underneath the ripples.

 

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Going Back

Where: Mumbai, India

 

 

Slum1

 

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

 

 

Bar-Noney-1024x683

 

 

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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