Walking for Screwdrivers
I had to pickup a set of jewelers screwdrivers for work because we lost our during our move from our old office space to our new office space. Not that I really needed them for work. I wanted them to take apart my rangefinder because the shutter stopped working on it and without the jewelers screwdrivers I could not take it apart. With that in mind and a corporate creditcard at my deposal it seemed like a good idea to go and buy them. I drive past the hardware store everyday going to work but that would have limited my ability to disappear for an hour from work with the excuse of needing to purchase much needed supplies (not). So off I went with camera bag and my spiffy new Panasonic GX1. While I had my bag and could have changed lenses if I wanted to I just kept what is quickly becoming my favorite street photography lens, the Olympus 45mm 1.8.
One of the things I discovered from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is that I felt constrained. I kept trying to keep things in a similar format and it just didn’t work. I do like the 1:1 crop in Lightroom. It keeps the subject in focus and removes some of the distraction in an image. It doesn’t always work for all images so I didn’t always use it in this set. The other thing I have done is kept color in some of these images. I love the black and white look for street photography. Black and white gives an image a timeless quality. That does not mean I need to keep every picture black and white. So there is some color mixed in.
My final thought is, I am growing more confident in street photography. I point blank asked for some of these pictures or was obviously pointing a camera at someone and took the picture and nodded and thanked them. There is a image of a homeless woman and I gave her a few dollars for the image and the trumpet player, who I tipped as well. It was a couple dollars to me and it may have been a lot to them. I didn’t mind doing it. I think the homeless woman wondered why I said I was semi-pro photographer while holding what appeared to be a point and shoot camera but she agreed to the portrait. I was pleased. I’m learning to break out of my introverted shell and just ask.
So enjoy the images. I was a bit more selective this time around and you can see my journey from start to finish.