On one of my two mornings in NYC I headed out to Brooklyn Bridge Park and crossed my fingers for a nice sunrise. When the sun finally emerged above the Brooklyn skyline, I was blessed with a beautiful golden light which I promptly (but slowly) captured.
*Under the Bridge*
I didn’t have much time to walk around Berlin, but I did head out in the limited time I had towards Orianenstrasse. On the way I saw this expressway bridge and loved the metal framework. I didn’t have tripod so I positioned my camera on my backpack for this 20 exposure (or thereabours). It’s not perfect, I wish the car lights were more apparent, but it’s interesting and grimy.
I can’t remember when I first saw ‘Les Horloges’, the statue by Arman that stands in front of St Lazare train station in Paris. I do know that I’ve been fascinated by it from the start, and have tried to shoot it in interesting ways repeatedly. The pigeon couple and the wide-angle shot make it more interesting, don’t they?
*Matter and Anti-Matter*
Powerful sunlight low on the horizon will create these deep projected shadows that I love. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m starting to experiment with how to capture them in an esthetic way, and this is one of those attempts.
*On a Break !*
Paris has more old stone and churches than you might think. I like it when old and new clash in interesting ways. I think these guys were renovating a nearby church or something…
One of the things I love about winter light, besides the soft quality of the light itself is the fact that you get long shadows for a long period of time in the afternoon. I haven’t done much with them, but this is an example of what I’d like to do better going forward.
*The Portal of Shadow and Light*
I love winter light. I know it’s only October, but in Paris the light felt like winter already. I was walking around North of Les Halles when I stumbled upon this church. I think it’s Saint-Nicolas des Champs. Anyway, this door, half in light, half in shadows had the most wonderful detail, and felt like something from a mysterious movie.
*The Glitter of the Fake Tower*
I love doing long exposure shots and light trails, so when I saw the fake Eiffel tower glittering at night I knew I had to find a spot to do such an exposure. I had to give it six or seven try outs before I got this one (not matter what they say, a gorillapod on a lamppost is not a very stable setup) but I finally got this one and I was happy. Added bonus: unlike photos of the real Eiffel tower lights, this one is probably not illegal.
Shooting from the hip is hit and miss. In fact, it’s a lot more miss than hit. But when you hit you get photos from an angle you wouldn’t normally get without kneeling, which would be conspicuous, to say the least.
To me (and probably to most other Europeans) it’s really funny to see, since early October and while it’s still 25-28 degrees outside, these staples of winter appear on the streets: sweet potatoes, chestnuts and what I believe to be quail eggs. I should try all three one day, just to compare with what we get in Europe, but there’s no way I’m eating that in this heat!