Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sometimes I get lucky

For 14 years, I was fortunate to have media access to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival while living in the Florida Panhandle. The first festival was held in the resort community of Seaside and drew several hundred smooth jazz enthusiasts. The organizers, Mark and Renee Carter of Seabreeze 106.3 FM radio, saw they would need a larger venue if the festival was to have any chance of sustaining itself.
The venue changed to several different spots along the resort communities of the Gulf of Mexico before the latest location at Aaron Bessant Park located next to the Pier Park shopping complex in Panama City Beach. It has grown from the several hundred festival goers to over 8,000 each day of the now five-day smooth jazz festival that has evening cruises and after-hours parties throughout the weekend.
During a recent review of images taken over the years, I find several that stick out in my mind for one reason - connection with the performers.This connection happened only a few times during the 14 years and the artists would play to the camera that was held in front of my face.
One such image is this one of Cindy Bradley at the 2011 festival. She had walked out to the end of the stage and was making her way back when she stopped right in front of me.


I fired off 8-12 shots but this is the one that really works for me.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Throwaway?

I read a blog entry today that brought on this reply. The other entry spoke why do people keep photographs they seldom look at much less print. I have to say I agree with what the entry was driving at. Since retiring from professional work, I have been going through old images that I have kept. This one I took while on a trip to England.
Technically, it is poor. A slow shutter speed handheld and a long focal length tends to bring on shake and I suspect that is what happened here. But I just have not been able to erase the image from my external storage drives. There is just something about the elements that are included in the image from the woman sitting and reading to the coffee cup with no owner to the painting on the wall. The image for all its technical flaws still works for me.
For me, it is the type of image the great Henri Cartier-Besson was speaking of when he said "sharpness is a bourgeois concept." No amount of manipulation in the excellent software available today will make this image sharp.
But I still cannot throw it away. It is the content of the image that holds my attention.....


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Re-stringing

Caught on a beautiful May day, 2006, in London. Not much else to really say. Just a common, everyday occurrence captured and frozen in time.


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Shopping

Just like how these ladies seem connected but not. Each one is looking in a slightly different area of the case but all seem headed in the same general direction with only one pushing a cart.


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

A taste of wine

From a visit to a local wine shop (appropriately named "Uncorked on Main") during their grand opening day. Tasted several nice local (Georgia, USA) wines.


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here is my salute to Valentine's Day! Give your sweetie a squeeze today!! As far as these images, they were all shot in London. The first one in Trafalgar Square, the second one at Portobello Road Market, and the third at Caffe Nero in Belgravia. Have a great day, eat lots of chocolate, and give your sweetie a squeeze!!




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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

All smiles

London, like most big cities, is a great place for the genre of street photography. And, not surprisingly, that is where most "street" photographers go. On the occasions my wife and I have been in London I come home with many images that work for me.
This image is one that I took on the last trip we made overseas in May of 2006. Like many others, I shot a lot in the Tube because we used it a lot to get around the city. After taking the shot, I smiled and said "thanks" to the young lady as we parted ways at the top of the escalator.


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Missing....

Since relocating back to Georgia in 2012, there has been one thing that both my wife and I miss and that is living on the water's edge. While we did not live on the Gulf of Mexico, we were about a half mile from the beach on a coastal dune lake. In the evenings, we would turn on some smooth jazz, pour a glass of wine, and just watch the world go by on the lake.
There is something about being on the water's edge that is so soothing to the soul and allows one to just let the day's stress melt away.


People are drawn to the water. The need to immerse oneself into the water brings a sense of newness that cannot be found any other way.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reviewing.....

I went back today to look at some photos taken with the Fuji X100S to see why some of them worked for me. This one is of my son's two daughters. Just a simple shot of them sitting at the kitchen table.
But as I began to look at this image, I was reminded of what I have been seeing in the images of various photographers, both old and new, I have been studying. Many of their images, when you take the time to look at them, are filled with graphic components. While a viewer may not consciously see them, these elements play into how the eye perceives the image.
The eye will be drawn to the lightest area of an image but in getting there I find my eye will get distracted by another element such as a diagonal line and land on a different part of the image.
In this shot of my granddaughters, the juxtaposition of the two and their poses add a number of diagonal lines and triangles to the image which, for me, caught my eye when reviewing the images from that day. But until I started really studying good photographers' photos, it was not something I really would "see". I am hoping that this effort will help me produce images that I feel are worth tripping the shutter button for.


Oh, I just received my copy of Peter Turnley's "French Kiss" but I am holding off looking at it until tonight. Gonna pour a glass of wine, do some cheese and crackers, and just enjoy looking at images from this fabulous photographer! Once last item of note on Peter's book - it is a SIGNED edition!!!
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Available chair?

Not sure if she is holding her skirt in preparation for sitting down in the chair in the painting but it is the thought that always crosses my mind when I see this shot.


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Separate paths

Just ordered Peter Turnley's latest book, "French Kiss - A Love Letter to Paris" as a way of studying the direction I want to go in with my photography. When I was working for the small weekly newspaper, I got to document life in the area. I was never really that much of a "photojournalist" but more of a documentary photographer who got to work with a newspaper.
Peter Turnley, who is one of the top photojournalists of my time, has not only traveled the world documenting many crisis but has lived in Paris for four decades. One thing that he says keeps him grounded is to return to Paris and document the beauty of the city and its people.
Now that I have relocated to a new area, I have yet to feel a "connection" with where I am living and that is my fault. I am hoping that Turnley's book along with books I have of Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau I will find the inspiration that I need to move forward with a new "connection" to this area.
Today's shot was taken in London near Victoria Station and, I feel, shows the style of photographs I want to strive to find. Three ordinary people on their way home from their workday. This image is from our last trip to the UK and our only trip in the springtime. London is a great city for this type of image. Now I need to spend some time getting to know my current home.

The everyday images of life in this area I have chosen to live in with my wife for what will probably the final days of my life are what I seek. But it is more than just documenting life. One of the things from studying the old and new masters is how they "see". Time has to be taken to find a image that is worth pushing the shutter button for. So much of what I see today in my own work is how the images fail to be worth keeping. All I can do is keep moving forward and hope that the spark from all those years ago returns.


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

IMMORTALITY

Another trip down memory lane. Not really sure why I kept this image but today it attracted my attention. Mainly because it is more in line with the direction that I am trying to go in with my photography today.
I will never be an "undiscovered photographer" like a Vivian Maier. I just hope that some day my family will look at the images I printed. (Yes, I am printing images as they catch my eye for posterity. Whether my family keeps or can even access my stored digital files is unknown so I am printing for that point in time when the kids will go through them, keep the ones they like, and maybe pass them on to their children so they have a sense of what was.)
Isn't immortality why we really photograph? It gives us a sense that we won't be forgotten.
(And it gives me a chance to shoot pretty women without the wife getting too upset!! I am, after all, "working"!!)


As far as this image, it was taken in the artists community of Ruskin Place in Seaside, Florida. I love the similar dress of the two and all the graphics in the image from the chairs to the doorway to the plants and umbrella. I also like how they seem to be attached because of their similar outfits but, from this shot, one is not sure since they seem to have no connection other than their dress.
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