Favorite Photo – Munich, Germany

This one was a little tougher.. especially since I am not really drawn to shoot the “iconic landmarks”.  I still shoot them to prove I was there but that’s not where my artistic flare has presented itself..

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There is something very clean about this photo to me.. Maybe it was the fact that I didn’t need to clone out any trash. The graffiti leading to the mural at the end is colorful and vibrant..  You don’t see a lot of underground tunnels anywhere that are this artful and clean..  Most of the ones I have been through in Europe are about a step up from being a toilet..  a very small step.  And you better be watching that step.. 😛

A pleasant surprise

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Kutaisi – Favorite Photo (Revisited and Why)

Since I started snapping pictures, a LOT of time has passed. I would say somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 years.. Of course, my first camera was not near the quality of the one I use today but I look back and remember that Kodak Instamatic fondly..

What starting me thinking was when I started, and am currently slogging through, deleting 40 -50 thousand photos I have taken over the past 8 to 10 years.  As recently as 6 years ago, most of my photos would qualify as simple snapshots. Before that I don’t even count.

No form.. no composition .. no artistry.  Heck..why would they have?  Just because I had graduated to better cameras didn’t mean my skill level had improved. I just happily clicked away at anything and everything…

I could easily take 300 photos and not have any that I actually liked… not well focused.. center frame composition (I didn’t even know what the rule of 3rds was at the time), exposure off.. what the heck is white balance?

I would look online and see photographs that made mine look like they were still being shot with that instamatic with the 4 shot flash cube.. What the heck was wrong?

The answer is simple.. Knowledge. I needed to learn how to get my camera out of “snapshot mode” – commonly referred to as “auto mode” …. I needed to learn the basic rules of composition… I needed to learn how to properly expose a scene… Oh, and by the way, I learned what white balance is.. 🙂

So I started reading…online articles and magazines and e-books and actual books.. and then I practiced what I read… I still take hundreds of photos but now, I am actually trying to find THE shot..

Like this one

Revisited Dead End Alley

 

This is one of my absolute favorites from a trip to Kutaisi, Georgia…taken at night on a long exposure… I do post processing now but as minimal as possible..  This one was almost perfect as shot..  white balance was off, as is usually the case with high pressure sodium lamps and there were some small lights in the center of the dark end which had to be cloned out..

This photo was printed on aluminum (32 X 40 inches) and is hanging on the wall in my office at work.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting my favorite photographs from each trip I have taken (or will take) … maybe I will post a few of those “early” photos.. so you can see what I mean.

Maybe not though… lol

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Black and White in Tbilisi, Georgia

The depth of texture and form in the buildings in Tbilisi, Georgia make shooting in black and white a real pleasure….

Arch Tbilisi

 

and there are so many subjects and types to choose from…

Tunnel

 

But isn’t that always the case?

With Steps

I hope it always is..

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Tbilisi – A Door Lover’s Paradise

We recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia and I have to say…What a wonderful place to visit. and shoot… especially for door lover’s like me..In Relief

Water and Electric

 

Worn Blue Church Door Barred

 

Tbilisi is located along the banks of the Mtkvari river and filled with winding, narrow streets and hidden stairways..and a treasure trove of doors to shoot…

18 Makawbili Tbilisi 4 Outside Broom

 

 

 

Doors are among my favorite subjects… and they don’t mind posing…

Aged 5 Niagvarska

 

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I’ve Been Lazy

Ok..I admit it.. I have been lazy.. I promise to do better…back to my Photos of the day posts..

Lost in Rome CW

 

I did a little “photoshopping” (actually Lightrooming) with this alley scene from Rome.. It is in the “Weird Art” gallery on Fine Art America.. That’s the site I use to post prints for sale..

And since I am about a month behind, here’s one more  😛

English Paperbacks BWHave a great day!  and

HAPPY TRAVELS!

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Weird Stuff

Sometimes I just like to take photos of weird stuff…anything and everything that catches my eye..  as long as I find it interesting, it is fair game to be caught in my lens..

Alley Up WM Mailbox WM Manhole WM Rusted Gate WM Wall Lamps WM

 

Sometimes it’s just good for training your eye and practicing your composition, to just randomly shoot things with no plan.

Empty Ashtray WM Mail Boxes WM Lights in Arch WM Gelateria WM

 

Other times..It’s just fun..

Staircase WM Gated WM Corks WM

Spaghetti WM

 

Have a great day!  and Happy Travels!!

 

Shot of the Day – Stockholm

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Walking through the narrow cobblestone streets at night in Stockholm was a pretty amazing thing.. I had to wait until almost 1:30 AM for it to get dark enough to take this shot.. I didn’t realize that it stayed light that long..  It is definetly a strange thing when you have to use black-out curtains to sleep at midnight..

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Paris – Shot of the Day

Sidewalk Cafe

Ok..this little set of tables is in Paris.. but it could be anywhere because I absolutely love to find the little out-of-the-way cafes for cappucino..  It does not matter what city you find yourself in..  Take time to find the hidden gems.. Most often, that is where the best memories are made..

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