Monthly Archives: September 2013

Next Lane

Where: Long Beach, CA



Between Meeting: Driving Back To the Office After Lunch




31I was stopped at a red light.



To my right was a driver in the next lane.  It was overcast, so instead of the usual Southern California middle of the day highlight blow-out, the grey sky created a reasonable scene brightness ratio.  And the trees near the intersection created an interesting pattern on the window of the other car.




I lowered the passenger seat window in my rental car, and made the picture right before the light turned green.



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Let it Rain

Where: Manchester, England



Between Meeting: Arriving for Video Shoot



Manchester-RainlrEpson is a sponsor of Manchester United Football Club.  Last year I was very fortunate to have been asked by my colleague Nathan Fulcher, who manages Epson’s global sponsorships, to help produce a still photo shoot with Walter Iooss.  With Premier League Football gaining popularity in the United States, Nathan asked me again to participate on a recent video shoot.



Manchester has a reputation as one of the rainiest cities in the UK.  While that reputation is somewhat unfounded, when I arrived about a week ago at 6:15am via the red-eye from DC, it was pouring.



In a broad Manchester accent my Cabbie said, “Mite, saahry bout the weatha” and I said, “Don’t be sorry with your amazing windscreen” (windshield in US English).  I’m sure the Cabbie thought he had an American with some kind of problem and he didn’t say anything for the rest of the trip.  But what I saw were wonderful shapes and patterns from the rain on the windshield of the cab because it has less curvature than cars in the United States.



I increased ISO to reduce camera motion in the low light, and went into manual mode so I could use the widest aperture to enhance the circles of confusion.  The image above is one of the best where the wipers are out of frame.





While this scene may feel finite, there are many interesting shapes and designs to be found with creative cropping.  I noticed middle lower right, that a small rain droplet had spread and the perimeter was catching the colored lights of the traffic signals.  It reminded me of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.



I could have spent another 30 minutes in that cab shooting shapes, but the Cabbie definitely wanted the strange American out as soon as possible.



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The Wall

Where:  Washington DC



Between Meeting:  After the Nature’s Best Opening





The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most emotional places I have ever visited.



I was too young to understand the Vietnam War while it was happening, but seeing the 58,000+ names on that wall, made it all very real about the toll of ideology and politics.



I wanted to find a way to make the names more prominent and by changing the traditional view, I found an incident angle which turned the black marble to grey.  I switched to manual mode to set a narrow depth of field.  This allowed me to keep a person reading the names soft, so the names would be stand out for the greatest impact.


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No Time to Shoot

Where: Las Vegas, NV



Between Meeting: During Photoshop World





Because of trade show hours and meetings, I sometimes find myself in a photogenic location, but with no time to shoot.



During Photoshop World I literally never had a chance to leave the hotel.  While it was frustrating knowing an Eiffel Tower, Sphinx and Volcano were within walking distance, I was able to capture the dawn light striking a stack of napkins in a coffee shop.




By getting in tight, I was able to crop out the 2% milk and stirrers to create a interesting abstract with the texture of the napkins.



Then with coffee in hand, I was off to the next meeting.



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