Just a quick image from the gallery again. I just like how the artist did the map of America.
I have been dying to use that title. Not a Led Zeppelin fan but one does not miss a chance to use a catchy title. I think I am done with Panama for awhile. I need to move on for my own sanity. I still have some other stuff but it can be held for a different day. I could see this cathedral everyday from my hotel when I ventured out. It beckoned me to shoot it. My mother will be happy to know that while there was profuse amounts of sweating going on the odds of it being mortal sin were not the obvious cause. I blame the humidity in Panama City.
Moving on to the cathedral itself, I went on a Sunday after the canal debacle and and discovered that it was locked up to all appearances. I saw a man inside but he was praying so calling out to him seemed bit rude so I took my shots of the outside. I only had my Ricoh GR on me so I was somewhat limited on what I could shoot but I do like the images. I think the are thought provoking and I didn’t want to do just a straight black and white so I added the sepia-ish tone to the images to give them some warmth. In the end I am happy. Enjoy.
I have been walking past this chapel almost daily and I loved the light coming down on the alter and the stained glass. Seeing how cameras aren’t popular in hospitals I used my iPhone to capture the image. Normally I don’t use iPhone stuff on this site but I have an app called 645 Pro that mimics a DSLR interface and it saves files as TIFFs so I can a wee bit more out of them. So with a bit of editing I think it came out very nice.
Returning to the ink.
Getting her sleeve done. A sleeve is when your arm is covered.
I just liked her look.
Everyone wants a laurel leaf on them.
When the needle hits the skin. For those wondering it feels more like a scrape that takes the top layer of skin off. Does not feel like a needle at all.
Marilyn Monroe. My guess is he’s going to start adding detail which is why he is using a marker to lay out the template.
I was having a zen like moment with the simplicity of the image. I could not figure out which version I liked better here so I’ll toss all three out. Two were shot at the same time just at a different angle which changed the light and the third was shot later in the day with more shadows. I didn’t stage this shot. The branch from the tree, the shadows falling on it and the pebble were just there as I walked to get into my car. Always having a camera on me allowed me to capture it. After the editing marathon of the last series this was a pleasant break to just do a quick edit and go with it. Colors are a bit more muted than my normal but again, its the basic harmony of the items before me.
Wrapping up the everyday. These are the final images that I really liked and loved how they turned out. These were all shot vertically and give them a sense of depth that you don’t always get with a horizontal image. The final two images were shot just before I left the hotel. I was walking from packing up the final bit of gear and saw the chair down an empty hall and thought it would be interesting. Then I saw the light just hitting a spot in the darkened hall so I dragged the chair out and framed the shot and metered it and fired away. Loved how the color of the chair and the shadows just contrast with the bright colors in the carpet. When I finished that I saw the piano shoved in a corner so I took the opportunity to shoot my right of passage for almost every photographer, the keyboard shot. Don’t worry, I’ll return to my usual crap photos tomorrow.
It looks like this will turn into a three part series. I had more images than a thought. I just want to say that this was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time. I have gotten good at shooting crap and not really thinking about it moving from one thing to another. This was the first time I stuck to an idea and kept at it. Looking at the common and everyday and going that will make a good picture. I also had to push myself to keep it in color. Some of these images would be amazing in black and white and I know it. Black and white hides a lot of flaws if you know what you are doing. My black and white editing juju is very strong. I also like black and white because it can show tones and textures. I tend to shoot and edit contrasty images to begin with and it has become my “signature” style. This works very well for black and white. So when I edited this batch I wanted to stay in color more to prove to myself that you could get tones and textures out of color as well. They aren’t all winners because the camera choked on noise but again, its about tones and colors and seeing the everyday. The black and white were technically flawless, the color not so much but enjoy.
PS – I seem to have a fetish for light fixtures and chairs as I discovered.
I get that this isn’t going to be in everyone’s tastes but I wanted to shoot the stuff I was seeing every day while I was out and about or staying at the hotel I was at. A few different cameras were used to do this and it was about tones and shadows. In part 2 I’ll switch it to color. I think sometimes as photographers that we look for the cool, the different, the whatever but if you just look around you can see some interesting stuff to shoot within 3 feet. Sure they aren’t awe inspiring images but they can be technically good images with lots of depth to them. This was more of a challenge to myself than anything else.