Street Piano Player

The photo of the week is a street piano player we stumbled across while walking the streets of the French Quarter searching for doorways. It is probably my favorite of doorway scenes. There she is with her piano, the bag for contributions and her cart to haul the piano home, wherever that might be.. She would stop people walking by on the sidewalk and give them some kind of an instrument so they could play along with her and start an impromptu band on the spot. Everyone enjoyed the lady and her music.

Street Piano Player 2 copy





Falls Mill

falls-mill-waterSometimes the lighting will never work out right for you until you take a look at the results. At a gallery night in Pensacola recently a person told me about this mill in Tennessee near the Jack Daniels distillery.

After talking to the tourist welcome center in Tennessee and a shop keeper near Jack Daniels we found the location of the mill near Maxwell which is between Fayetteville and Winchester, TN. Then we found the mill but I wanted to wait for an afternoon sun for better lighting.. We went to a local  “down home ”restaurant for the noon plate special and returned to the mill. The afternoon sun never really appeared. It actually got darker as a storm was approaching. The lighting actually worked to my advantage as it high lighted the leaves on the trees as well.

This is the Falls Mill and Country Store. It is listed on the National register of Historic Places is a working water powered grain mill and museum. It is a very scenic site.  





Joe Patti’s Seafood Wharf

Joe Patti’s Seafood Market in Pensacola is a great place to buy all kinds of delicious seafood…and a wonderful place to take  photographs too. But when you take a  photograph, the scene you  saw may not be the one you finally printed on paper. This scene was one of about 20 different photos I took with both a film and a digital camera.   You are  confronted by not only what size to make the print…but how to make it as well.

After selecting the photograph I liked best, I was undecided how I wanted to  make the print.

Let me show you what happened.  Here is the photograph I selected, a digital one, and it is in color. It is very colorful.

orignal color web

Here is the same scene converted to black & white. Not too bad.

B&W  web

Now, here is what I did with it in color. I like this.

Color final web

And here is the finished color print in black & white. It almost become a “line drawing” type of photo.

B&W final web

I like the ones I vignetted to give a softer appearance.    The color vignetted print was my final choice. It will look especially nice on a watercolor paper. It will also make nice note cards too.

 

Street Person With Dog

I captured this young street person with a dog in Prague a couple years ago. We were walking towards the Charles Street Bridge when this individual appeared in the doorway with dog. The contrast of the cobblestone street and the wood doorway make an interesting scene. As you can tell, it was a chilly morning. also, note the hat to collect a few coins from people walking by.





Overcast Days

Overcast days are great days for taking photographs. There are no harsh shadows and the sky will take on a gray or sometimes almost a white appearance whether you are taking color black and white photographs.

It is still best to have the sun, which you cannot see, at your back.  But even shooting into the sun will not give you any problems.  If you are using a camera which automatically sets your exposure, you will want to aim it at the subject and not up into the sky. Otherwise, the sky, which is still bright, will tend to give you an under exposed photograph.

The two scenes with this blog, one in color and the other in black and white, were taken on the same morning. probably within an hour of each other and about 15 miles apart. in Nova Scotia.

The color Pastel Boat Harbor scene provides a soft rendition with the water reflections of both the boat and the building in the background. This was the second photograph taken that morning and you can see just a bit of blue sky breaking through in the upper left hand corner.

The black and white “Barrel Factory” was taken earlier and the sky here is void of any contrast or clouds.

The old wood in the building, wood shingles, and certainly all the birds on the roof, make this a very interesting scene.

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