The Mechanics of Seeing: Along the wall.

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X100F, 1/900 sec at f/9.0. Acros +R. The location of your street photography does matter. During our recent trip to Berlin, I decided to explore the area near The Marie-Elisabeth Luders Haus, a stunning building designed by the Munich architect, Stephan Braunfels. The large but simple elevation of this magnificent building provides a great visual starting point. Then there is a multitude of lines and curves which, combined with light and shadows, provides a creative photographer with an abundance of visual …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: Split

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Although fog is quite a common phenomenon around Vancouver, it is rare to encounter fog downtown. One of the biggest problems when shooting in any city is visual chaos, or the overwhelming number of competing elements. Quite often, even the best efforts to simplify the image fail and leave you with clutter. Therefore, I look forward to shooting in fog. Not only does fog help you to simplify but it creates a powerful mood for your imagery. When intense fog …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: A violinist

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X-100F, 1/800 sec at f/8, Acros + R SUMMARY: The piece discusses the project “Mechanics of Seeing” – mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating an image. Such a path to one of our photographs is being presented and discussed. The “Violinist” image was taken during a private Street Photography Workshop in Barcelona. My student and I were walking in tiny alleys of Barcelona in search of intriguing visuals.    The “Violinist” image was taken during a …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: “A prisoner of Alcatraz”

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SUMMARY: The piece discusses the project “Mechanics of Seeing” – mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating an image. Such a path to one of our photographs is being presented and discussed. This image was taken on our recent trip to San Francisco. We were on the ferry from Tiburon to San Francisco, passing near Alcatraz. It wasn’t the first time we had visited so I was quite familiar with the visuals around the island. In fact, …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: “Life Compartments”

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X-100F, Classic Chrome film simulation   SUMMARY: The piece discusses the project “Mechanics of Seeing” – mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating an image. Such a path to one of our photographs is being presented and discussed.  Objectives A general street photography session Observation As I was walking on one of my routes in downtown Vancouver, I noticed strong sunshine hitting the lower façade of the building. I was especially intrigued by the reflections in it. …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: “The man waiting in the rain”

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SUMMARY: The piece discusses the project “Mechanics of Seeing” – mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating an image. Such a path to one of our photographs is being presented and discussed.  In our recent piece – Mechanics of Seeing – we introduced the project of mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating a great image. This is a long-term project, which we have been working on with some truly talented photographers. While one …

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Palouse Vista #1

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Discussing the mechanics of capturing a Palouse Vista including location, light considerations and composition.   There is no question that the Palouse region of eastern Washington is one of the most stunning locations in North America for travelling, enjoying the landscape and taking artistic photos. The abundance of sinuous shapes, patterns and colours offers unlimited possibilities for creative seeing. Kasia and I have driven thousands of kilometres in the Palouse region in search of new visuals. The image below was …

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The Man at the Bus Stop

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Explaining the process of photographing a man at the bus stop on a rainy day including the mechanics of seeing, the gear used, the in-camera setup, light, composition and technical considerations.   One afternoon I drove to downtown Vancouver to shoot for my project R-A-I-N. The conditions were just right – quite heavy rain, wet sidewalks and roads, busy streets – roughly around rush hour. I chose for my temporary base a very busy intersection (street corner), which not only …

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