20181207: Lesson on photography withOUT a tripod, yet long shutter times for cellphone users!

I learned to shoot night street photography in Los Angeles in the 1970s, specially leaving my job working after school at 1am or 2 am.

I could not bring a tripod to school, so I had training to hold my 35mm film camera still while taking several second long shots.

  1. LEARN to hold your breath. Obviously, if you are talking, the camera is shaking. I was into swimming so that was easy.
  2. Practice “lightly” touching the shutter button to active it. I learned to shoot a gun at an early age. YOU SQUEEZE the trigger, Not smash or yank the trigger if you want to hit the bull’s eye. Same with cameras!!
  3. Use supports! If you have a cellphone on a long pole, the wiggle is worse, However if that pole is braced against a streetlight post or wall or car BEHIND the camera!  No one knows even if you send it off a minute later & you got a better photo because the  street light post or wall helped keep the camera steadier.
  4. Turn OFF  the auto flash, YOU DECIDE when to let the lights of the “Scene” light your photo or add flash.

 

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No tripod, but standing on the side of the road and waiting to have no cars going by. Grab a breath, let some out & hold it. Press the shutter down smoothly & slowly.

In this photo you can see the cat stopped for a second on the steps, the cat is blurry but easy to make out it’s shape and adds a Rembrandt effect to the over all image. I held the shutter open for I think 2 seconds or more.

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and this photo again, the graininess of the High ISO, the long slow shutter effect & overall appearance of the image is surrealistic.

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Again, seconds long shutter, notice the fig leafs moved in the slight breeze but the cactus & wall stay sharp.

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20180826: San Juan de los Lagos rio con puente side view.

Off center as always, into the natural framing as well.

Add the sparkle of the street light in star mode and just the thing for fun!

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San Juan de lo Lagos, Rio y luzs con puente A2

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20180409: “Los corredores de la calle ven los estacionamientos de Camino Nuevo, San Juan de los Lagos” Collage on SALE Now.

OK, Art lovers, here is a little Photoshop Collage which I will ship to you from here in Mexico.

Camino Nuevo, San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco MX Street Photography. These street runners have several parking lots in the area & spend the day chasing cars up & down Camino Nuevo to earn a few pesos by helping tourists find hotels & parking.

Sitting on the street as life passes me by, I just shot the feces out of it. Having more pieces than the image would allow… typical photographer.

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Image size is 10 inches tall by 42.5 inches long. Printed on silk finish photographic paper with a Epson 7900 printer.  Paper is larger with a couple inches of white border for mounting.

Price is $1,095.00 USD with free shipping.  Artist signed & numbered “Limited to 25 prints”, shipped from the photographer/artist.

Payment is thru my PayPal account, see “Artist Donation” button for the direct connection to PayPal. Put a message in the comments with your email address so we can arrange delivery.

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20180402: Reflecting Mexican Contrast 01

Just a fun abstract for the viewers.

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Mexican street & reflections from windows.

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Will be for sale in my Zenfolio site in a few days.

 

 

 

20180101: Happy Beginning of a New Year! Playing with memories.

OK, so a quick look at a photograph from old, to be printed out as an enlarged print and a second one to also be colorized.

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Here is the photograph taken by me with my camera. The starting point.

However what was not seen by my naked eyes,

 

20180101 halftone effect on print

Was the halftone effect, there for whatever reason. Enlargement was an issue to solve first.

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The images to print for the customer. Black & white version.

And the Colorized version.

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yeah, I underbid the job… but heck of a sales pitch item for me to use on the potential clients.

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20171129 Editing night shots of San Juan

While the view is limited, an artist is always looking for a new angle.

Dia de Muertos night event, the fountain is on, shutter slowed down a little to let the motion show & then the Independence Tower lights to contrast nicely.

 

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She may be dead, but this Dia de la Muertos skeleton knew where to be looking!

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20171121: DIY Strip light for under $10USD

OK, so this ain’t no pretty beauty queen of a strip light box, but heck a “decent” one starts at around $80USD.

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Down here in Mexico, while I don’t know how soon I will need one, the shipping is expensive or I have to research out the Mexican companies that supply one.

I also have a money shortage & needed some soft boxes & hair light & a strip light so that adds of fast.

Well, the hair light and strip box were a little easier to make. I will wait on the soft boxes.

I made a hair light box out of cardboard & just need to find a little brighter light for it. The small LED light stick is too dim for studio work. I can stick a flash in there.

But the other day I noticed that here in town there are LED strip lights for sale & at only 95 pesos for one, heck that is like $5 USD so why not invest a little time to make a strip light out of one.

My neighbor also gave me a big cardboard box that was too large for what she needed.

So,

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1200mm is over 4ft long & 6500k is a nice level to work with. I did have a small issue that facing forward I got stripes on the wall. I had bought the clear lens so I could have the most light possible & would make my own defusing for it.

So I just turned the light around and faced into the box. The shiny side of the aluminum foil would defuse that issue just fine.

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I then added some more cardboard to make “barn doors” on the box.

I put aluminum foil on the joints of the barn doors & made sure that the barn doors were in the full open position when taping them together so I would not have issues of opening and closing them or light leaks.

Over all time is a couple hours of work, but here is the light in action.

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Wide open doors.

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Closed most the way.

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And a half way flagged position.

So tape, aluminum foil, a cardboard box & a strip of LED 6500k lights, plus a little and I have something that works.

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Like a say, “it ain’t pretty to look at!” But it does the job for now!

And is light weight enough to hang on a light stand/boom or even from the ceiling.

Creative Shooting folks! Specially those of you with a limited budget.

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