Montreal Street Photography, XII
Now for some self-critique:
What was difficult for me here, like in “Cherished, 2015“, was deciding on black-and-white. The vast majority of street photography I view is black-and-white and so I often feel pressure to make this change to my own photography so I can fit the genre. I know this is the opposite of artistic impression but the feeling still plagues. Here’s the original:
I love the contrast between this man’s baby blue sweater and his aged skin, but does the color distract from the details? Unable to answer the question myself I went for the black-and-white. Either way I am pleased with what I captured. (For the record this man was not hiding his face from my camera, this is the position he held as he read a newspaper. I feel compelled to add this note because if someone saw me and deliberately shielded his face, I would not publish his photo.)
Immediately to the right of the frame below, two men worked to remove graffiti with a power sprayer. This is the scene of dreams; steam floating across a busy city street. This kind of picture should take itself – and mine’s not bad – but I am unable to distinguish between noise (high ISO due to extremely low light) and the steam. I suppose this is when a tripod comes in handy but I don’t
walk around with own one.
Same night, same intersection. This is a photo I would love to master but I have no idea how to successfully capture 1) a body in motion 2) at night 3) with a headlamp and 4) bright background light. I mean, he’s creating a spotlight wherever he goes! It’s a great street scene. I said I would get out and practice more at night and I have but this grainy-ass shot tells me I have a long way to go.
Finally and without comment, I share my favorite shot of the week:
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