I’m back in the air this morning, this travel day taking me once more from Nuremberg via Amsterdam to Portland, Oregon. The direct routing from Europe to the Pacific Northwest avoids weather induced travel delays while connecting through an eastern or central US airport. Fingers crosses, of course, but I’m leaving the sunny streets of Nuremberg for the, according to my iPhone weather app, equally sunny but even warmer Rose City. Not that I will get much out of it, as I’m staying only four and a half days and it will be all work (plus maybe a dinner or two).Continue reading “Travel Day (17)”
Instant Inspiration (29) – Frame your subject
“Instant Inspiration” is my series for you if you look for something to overcome “Photographer’s Block” or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried, or at least not recently. Episode 29 is about a compositional element – using frames.
I am sure you have framed photographs in your house. We frame our photos as a way of displaying and drawing in the attention of the viewers, but there is another type of framing that can be just as effective doing exactly the same thing, only in our images themselves.Continue reading “Instant Inspiration (29) – Frame your subject”
Behind the glass
While roaming the streets of a city shooting street life, it is worth also looking at what’s happening behind the glass of shops and businesses. Especially when you are new to street photography, this unobtrusive way of taking pictures of strangers might be a good way to slowly extend your comfort zone, as your subjects tend not to notice you.Continue reading
Art n’ Motion
When it’s soggy outside, shoot in a gallery or a museum. I gave this advice numerous times on this blog in quite a few posts. When spending a weekend in Portland last month, I once more escaped from torrential rain outside (the Oregonians call it the “Oregon Liquid Sunshine” for a reason) into the Portland Art Museum with the intention to capture some Art n’ Motion.Continue reading
Wise Words of Photography
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph”
— Bruce Gilden
Love is in the air
This past Valentines Day I was in Portland, Oregon. And while shooting some Street Photography during the weekend spent in the Rose City, there was plenty of Valentines vibes in the air. Some decorations were more weird than others, true to the motto of the city. I originally intended to save those “love is in the air” street photos for a Valentines post next year, but they are also the perfect fit for today, which marks my 26th wedding anniversary.Continue reading
When exiting the Portland Art Museum the other day, this guy just passed me on the sidewalk. With his looks and all this gesture going on, how could I not take a street portrait of him. He was my Rain Man.Continue reading
Look down while walking
When walking down the streets, you should always be conscious about what lies ahead of your feet. Just so you don’t stumble. But also photographically speaking, it can be worth to scan the ground ahead.
This lost glove, lying at the entrance to a subway station, caught my eye. I liked the shape, that almost looks like a life hand is still inside. That just threw away the spit-out, flattened chewing gum. Or a baseball glove that’s stretching out for the incoming ball. Maybe you can come with some stories of your own. I also liked the texture of the concrete surface.