Brenda’s A Photo Study: Ian MacDonald’s creative composition in street photography

This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Ian MacDonald’s creative composition in street photography. Here is the link to Ian MacDonald’s creative composition in street photography- Part One.

Ian’s article has 5 parts. Even though most of things in his article aren’t new to me, I like how he organizes the points and provides plenty photos so it’s easy to understand. Detail Shots (part 5) is the only part that I haven’t heard often. Although once in a while I would be attracted by some details in a scene and decide to take a photo, I don’t usually look for those amazing details. In this area, I have a huge room to improve for sure. 😉

Ian talks about two different approaches for his candid street photography: (1) Set the stage first and then bring different elements together (2) React spontaneously to a moment. He considers himself to be more of a deliberate photographer than a reactionary one. I, on the other hand, consider myself a reactionary one 😉 I guess the difference is that they (serious photographers) are trying to create a piece of art, and I am trying to create something I like.

Setting the Stage

Occasionally, I, too, would take time to wait for something to happen…
The first photo was taken at Salzburg. I don’t know why I wanted a photo of that bridge since I didn’t see anything (light, shadow, subject…) special. I waited for a couple of minutes for her to show up while the rest of the traveling group was stopping at the traffic light.

Reacting to the Moment

Ian also talks two different street photography approaches that is more interactive: (1) Street portraits – he enjoy meeting new friends, and making portraits of them (2) Detail shots – he says, “Purposely cutting off part of a building, or part of a person for that matter, may create tension or mystery in the photograph. Creative use of light and shadow to hide certain elements of a photograph may also have the same effect. “ (I don’t quite understand why “Detail Shots” is interactive. I left a comment asking this question, and will give an update when I find the answer. Brenda, do you know?)

Street Portrait

Like many people, I have a hard time to approach people when I have camera in hands. (I don’t have problem when I don’t carry a camera.) 😉 And that is only one part of the problem. The other part is that no matter how relaxes the person is, his expression changes when he knows someone is taking his photo, and I often like his original expression better. So, talking to a person after taking his photo seems working better for me 😉

Detail Shots

I want to thank Brenda for another great photo-study. Looking forward to seeing the next one.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cooling

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cooling. Please feel free to follow the link to learn more about this wonderful challenge.

I could almost hear him saying, “I am cool; I can’t help it!”

At the same time, his great-aunt (me) was thinking: “So glad this is not my car!” 😉

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder. Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is a new photo challenge. Please feel free to follow the link to learn more about it.

Patti Moed said, “The theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Wonder. We invite you to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—which filled you with wonder.”

Everything is a wonder, when we see through children’s eyes.

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Brenda’s A Photo Study: Red

This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Red.

Brenda said, “Red is the color of blood and has a historical association with sacrifice, danger, and courage. It is also the color most commonly associated with heat, danger, determination, strength, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy. ”

How can anyone not like red? I had a red shirt when I was in college. It seemed like whenever I wore it, I was happier on that day. 😉

I like seeing a splash of red in photos. A red umbrella or a red jacket will do. But that splash of red has to be in a right form at the right place, I think.

I took the following picture in Vienna. My husband, as usual, was walking 20 feet in front of me. I ran, trying to catch up. And this woman caught my eyes (maybe it was that red jacket.)

Should I stop to take a photo? I hesitated for a split second. Oh well, I can find my husband later, but if I don’t take a photo now, this moment will be gone forever, I told myself. So I stopped. (I did find my husband later, in case you wonder 😉

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Brenda’s A Photo Study: Street Photography

This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Street Photography.

I have been posting street photographs here from time to time. To me, street photographing is quite challenging, exciting and fun.

After visiting alpine countries, I want to share some trip photos, but had a hard time to select some. Thanks to Brenda for the opportunity to show some street photographs from that trip.

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My East Caribbean Cruise Trip

When my nephew asked me if we would like to go to East Caribbean Cruise with them, I hesitated. Although Wei and I like the convenience of having-our-hotel-room-follow-us-wherever-we-go, but we don’t watch a lot of cruise shows, we don’t gamble, and we definitely don’t like the possibility of gaining weight. However, I miss seeing my nephew’s family, so at the end I decided to go.

Other than the day getting on and off the ship, it was a 6-day trip: 3 days at the sea and one day each at Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. The beaches at the first two ports were beautiful: water was super clean in turquoise color, and white sands were unbelievably fine and smooth. Freeport was a disappointment. We heard there was a beach, but most people, including us, didn’t bother to find out where it was.

Grand Turk

Half Moon Cay

Freeport day was a shopping day. That was it. ;-).

I had a lot of fun. Endless entertainment from my grandniece and grandnephew, definitely, was the best part!

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Como Park

Hello. Hello. Hello. May was a crazy month. First, Wei and I spent 15 days touring Alpine countries. After that trip, I had one week’s break to do laundries, and rest. Then I joined my nephew’s family for a week long East Caribbean Cruise. I definitely overestimated my physical condition!

But, first, in this post, I am going to tell you about Como Park. Yesterday, I met David (Northern Visions Media) and Yan (From Hiding to Blogging) at Como Park to shoot some photos. I had met Yan a couple of years ago, but this was the first time I met David. David’s blog caught my attention, I don’t remember when, because many of his photos were taken in Duluth – one of my favorite towns.

Japanese Garden was the meeting place. I should focus on landscaping, I told myself. But the moment I saw David, I immediately had a couple of photos of David (with certain settings) in my mind – that totally surprised me. People often ask, “What kind of pictures do you like to take?” I always had a hard time to answer. I like certain type of landscaping, certain type of this and that, but I had never figured out what that certain type was. It has become more and more clear now. 😉

Como Park Conservatory building has been a photo subject for many photographers. Most people like to wait until everyone is out of the sight; I love to include people.

The first photo in the Japanese Garden was inspired by David. (Thanks for showing me the light, David.)

More photos at Japanese Garden…

Como Park Conservatory…

Como Park Zoo…

And finally, a girl…

Thanks to David and Yan. I had a lot of fun.

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