After a year and a half … Ukraine remembers ….
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..
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
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
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
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…
Doors are among my favorite subjects… and they don’t mind posing…
Ok..I admit it.. I have been lazy.. I promise to do better…back to my Photos of the day posts..
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 😛
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..
Sometimes it’s just good for training your eye and practicing your composition, to just randomly shoot things with no plan.
Other times..It’s just fun..
Have a great day! and Happy Travels!!
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..
I have fine art prints for sale here : Fine Art America
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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