Street Photography

Hello, everyone !

I hope you are enjoying the class, and getting ready for the final project!

I came across this and absolutely loved it. I am sure you talked about street photography in class, and I am sure Erik mentioned the Leica M9 and how street photographers prefer it for its quite shutter sound. The video is basically taken on a video camera attached to a Leica, and the photographer was walking around in NYC on a rainy day. So many UMBRELLAs ..

Here is the Video

I hope you like it.

Please please please don’t underestimate the preparation part of the photostory. It’s never too early to start, and the sooner you talk to people, the better off you are. Last semester, I was planning to take several opportunities pretty early (That’s what I thought, at least), but I was still not able to arrange something with the people in charge. If you’re thinking about doing something with a facility, or a certain profession with a “serious” nature, be open to going through long processes, and lots of paperwork.

Good Luck! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with anything.


I “Kant” do this anymore.

Monday, November 21st, 2011 -- Tanja Moneyhun grooms a very frightened dog at Wolfgang's Pet Shop in Central West End area in St. Louis, MO.


“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant. This quote is on the Wolfgang’s Pet Shop business card. There, they have a pet store, and they also provide grooming services. I stopped there on Monday hoping to capture emotion show TOWARDS dogs, and I successfully did. As always, I was hesitant when choosing the picture to submit. While the other pictures featured emotions expressed towards, I decided to choose the one where the fear emotion is actually expressed BY the dog.

I think the picture would have been better if the hanger was not covering parts of Tanja’s face (the ear.) Maybe I should’ve moved a little to the left so that it would be to the far right side of the picture. Moving a little bit downwards would have layered Tanja’s face between the ascending and the descending leash. Another thing I could’ve done is move a step or two closer to them (while zooming out a little) so the blue area of the background fills the frame.


Below is one of the other pictures I almost submitted.

I know this guy !!

Since it became a part of our lives, I am sure most of you came across google’s hom page today.

Google celebrates what would have been Louis Daguerre's 224th birthday in a Daguerre-style family portrait.

I found it interesting, and decided to click on it and see what is it about. I read “Louis Daguerre gets the seat of honor today at Google. The photography pioneer invented a way to create permanent images, as the Google doodle suggests.”  … Wait I know this guy!! I it turns out today would have been his 224th birthday.

– I just thought this is worth sharing.

5’7″ .. yea right.

October 20, 2010 - Georgiana Schuengel, the mother of Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph George Schuengel, leaves the Cathedral Basilica behind her son's casket as services ended Wednesday morning in the Central West End. Robert Cohen

Of all the great pictures in Robert Cohen’s portfolio, I prefer this one the best. most photographers tend to focus on the three-dimensional aspects of a scene, this photograph draws attention to to dimensions, only two. The photograph does that by combining few elements on one frame. One, are the main vertical lines in the canter of the frame. combined by repeated horizontal lines (the chairs) with corner ends pointing downwards to the inside, sort of. Second, is the  contrast od the direction people are facing in the frame. Few facing upwards, while other are facing downwards. This can best be visualized at the bottom left corner of the frame where three different (bald) men are looking at the opposite direction of on another.

Other than the focus on the the two dimensions and the elimination of the senses high and low, I found the emotion in the picture to be intriguing. While the guy showing most of the emotion, the priest, is wearing a similar color to that of the marble floor, he was perfectly framed by his wheelchair. Being right on top of the green frame of the floor adds the icing on the cake of drawing attention to the emotion being expressed.

What a Great Great picture.

F5 .. ⌘+R … Refresh ..

An illustration showing the differences in the look of Mohammed Jarman, and how that is effected by his attitude at a given time.

Rise and fall, ups and downs, sad and happy. Days seem to offer us a great combination of such pairs every now and then. For our assignment thins week, I wanted to illustrate the idea of the simple command F5, refresh. I tried to emphasize this concept by combining and showing two SIDES of my friend’s personality from day to another.  While they are still called “sides,” I think they cannot be seen without the facial impressions that are best seen form the front.

The left side of the illustration is meant to show the dark, colorless, sad, and untaken care of version of my friend’s life. The right one, however, is meant to express the bright, colorful, clean, and happy side of his life. The shaved VS unshaved contrast is meant to represent the idea of moving from one condition to the other. I was not sure what color, and texture pattern to use for the background. I felt like anything more than the one I used would be discrating, and too much. I also went with the dark brown as I felt it would go very well with the overall tonality of the two (not really just two) frames.

I think the picture would have been more expressive if I had waited on his facial hair to grow a bit more, or if I had darkened it digitally. Also, more sharpness (on the left frame, especially) would have been more effective in delivering the message of the illustration. Additionally, I think I could have done a better cloning job around the neck/chin areas. Ok, when I thought that this week I would not have to take forever to choose which picture to criticize in the blogpost, I found myself even more hesitant as for which to submit, the one above, or the one enhanced with text (attached below)?

What do you think?

It’s not always the quantity, son. Not always the quantity.

For this assignment, I was hoping to visit two people with really interesting jobs. One of which is a really one important one, too (might be my next subject, I am hoping). However, I was enable to arrange meeting them ahead of time, maybe next time. I decided to go to CWE and look for the piano place we were told about in class. While I was looking, I entered an antique store on Euclid to ask about the piano place. “I’ve been here for twenty years now, never heard of it. There a pub around the block that has a piano, if that’s what you’re looking for,” The guy in the store responded. I explained that I need to find the store for the assignment, and he said “can’t really help you.” In my head I thought “maybe you can?” He agreed to let me do the assignment in his store.

Few minutes after I started taking pictures of him organizing antiques, and keeping everything in place, he said that it didn’t seem like any customers were going to walk into the store before he closes for that night. He then started to bring things inside the store, fill the paper work, and get ready to close. Meanwhile, I asked whether he doesn’t usually get many customers, or it’s just because it was a slow Monday? He said something that’s still stuck in my head; “Quantity is not always what matters.” He explained that such stores don’t get many customers, but the margin of profit is very high from each customer.

David Richardson moves a wooden rack from outside the store to the inside in preparation to close for the night.

Back to the critique blog post!

I found the overall lighting iside the store to be quite dim and relaxing, which goes perfectly with the items they sell. However, it doesn’t necessarily go well with a 5.6 aperture. It was challenging for me to freeze his simple movements as, in many frames, the highest shutter speed I was able to use was 1/100 and even less in some cases. I probably should have came to the store a couple of hours earlier for some natural light, but what can I say, it was barely 5, and it was dark already! For one of the other pictures from this assignments, I took a picture of him behind glass door, it was also challenging to get the focus right on him.

“I’m afraid you can’t get in there” .. “That’s even better” ..

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011 - Lindsey Friedman, a member of St. Louis University's softball team practices hits on the practice field near Chouteau and Olive intersection in St. Louis, MO.

While the focus seemed to be on Baseball these days, we seem to have forgotten aout the “softer” version of it, softball. During a routine chit chat with one of my classmates, I realized that she had just came back from her practice withSLU’s softball team. So I got more information on their schedule and where they normally practice. Got the location and time, had my camera ready, and headed there.

After asking the coach for permission to freely take pictures of the players, she was positive and helpful but asked me to not go behind the fence, ever. So I started to get around the “safe” parts of the field where nothing stood between the player, and myself. Great pictures, but “punctum-less” ones, too. shot after the other, It was easier and more comfortable to get good composition. Before this shot I took other ones with the same idea, but I failed to capture the four main elements in separate parts of the frame (either the active ball and the pitcher together, or the hitter with the active ball together.

I think The picture would have turned out better if I worked a little bit more on the composition. Maybe center the hitter in the left frame, and center the ball at the bottom so that half of it is layered on top of grass, and the other on dirt. Also, Unnecessary details  such as the light pole in the background could have been avoided. Anyhow, it turns out that not being able to go on the other side of the fence in not such a bad thing.


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