Pinky and the Brain

These were in a store window at the casino I was staying in and I would pass them on the way to and from my room.  One morning I was up early and the store was closed so I took the opportunity to take the shots you see here.  I just went with Pinky and the Brain but I leave it up to you to figure out which one is which.  For those of you that want them, they are at some store in Caesar’s Palace and they were $3500 US.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain

 

Faded Angel

While in Florida I went to a flea market with my Mom and her dog, mainly for the dog whose idea of exercise is walking in the backyard.  She gets toured around and by the end is exhausted.  I took the opportunity to play with the Fuji X100S.  This is almost straight out of the camera jpeg except for some cropping and me adding contrast because I like it that way.  I have it set to over-expose 1/3 of a stop anyways so it works out.

Faded Angel
Fuji X100S

Abuela

This is another one shot on the gone but not forgotten Olympus E-P2.  I was buying coffee in the Mercado Central which is pretty much a locals only place and this lady was buying her supply as well.  She saw I had the camera and asked me to take a picture of her.  So I obliged her and this is the end result.  At the time I only had the 17mm and the 14-42 kit lens.  I don’t do zoom lenses so the 17mm was on the camera.  Sadly, low light performer isn’t what I would call the 17mm 2.8.  In addition the back light of the sun behind her messed with the cameras light meter so it read it wrong and considering I was shooting in full auto at the time (who reads manuals?!) the image is less than perfect.   With all that going on I had to crop Big Daddy out of the frame since he was standing to her left and the 17mm being a wide lens put him into the picture as well.

Abuela
Olympus E-P2, 17mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/60

Avenida Central

The Avenida Central is the main street that runs through the heart of San Jose that is the main walking street for the city.  Life happens around this avenue and it is lined with shops and restaurants.  You can walk the entire length of it in about 30-45 minutes and get a real feel of life in San Jose Costa Rica.

Cualquier Persona Helado?

Costa Rican Faces – Black and White

Breaking Dawn

I am not a landscape photographer by any stretch of the imagination.  I just happened to get to work early a couple days last week and I wanted to prove a point.  I have an old Canon 400D and a cheap Tokina 19-35mm lens.  Working on the 11th floor of one of the tallest buildings around I was able to snap this shot.  It wasn’t a fancy camera involved with a $1000+ lens attached to it.  It was just me with a camera proving that skill trumps gear any day of the week.  Too many photographers (myself included) get caught up in gear lust.  I’m not the type that knows that the newest lens or camera will take my craft to the next level. I’ve worked in IT too long to know that shiny and new does not mean better.  I just want a new lens or camera because its shiny and new and it looks cool.  So this picture is the end result of me carrying around a less than fantastic piece of photographic hardware and more knowing how to use a camera and lens to get the best result (and a crap ton of post processing).

Canon 400D, Tokina 19-35, ISO 1600, 29mm, f/7.1, 1/100

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.

Sun Kissed
Rusty Gas
Sitting Cool
Through the rails.
Looks like he stopped.
Chat over drink
Bad news?
We are bad. We are nationwide
(points for me for slipping in ZZ Top lyrics)
Light Strings
Modern Personal Interaction
Cool Texting
Midlife Crisis
Tattoo You
Exercise
Undaunted
Expressive Calling
Bottled Thoughts
In My World
(more points for me Anthrax lyrics)
Watching you Walk
Aversion to Sun
Talking Amongst Friends
Looking at You. Looking at Me.
(I really wanted the old guy behind her but I think together it makes the pictures more interesting)
Homeless and Proud
(I was worried because of her skin and the shadows but the GX1 handled it well)
Coffee Anyone?
Angry?
(I love how an image lies. He was really just concentrating on a book)
Undaunted 2
Clayboy Hawaiian Ice
(I know Summer is here when he sets up)
Clayboy Ice Cool
I dub the Porkchop
Friendly Service
Fedora Style
I got a Name
Reflection and Light
Faces Through the Glass
(I shot him through a window which is why there is lens flare)
Languid Expression
Sitting on the Dock
Shadowy Conversation
Reflections In a Mirror
(Or the headless photographer. The woman in the mirror just adds I think)
Beetle Lover
Don’t want any trumpet playing band
(Points again for Dire Straights lyrics)
Camouflaged In Plain Sight
Progressive Hippy
I see you!