When is Enough…Enough??

Street Car 3rd viewStreet Car 2nd view

Street Car 1st view

The question is when do you stop shooting a particular scene? As you know I am not an advocate of over shooting, but you also do the opposite of not doing enough if the you have time to do it.

In this blog, I have taken several photos of the St. Charles Streetcar in New Orleans.  The first one was from quite a ways away…the next was  closer..and the final was closer yet. We lose some of the street “scene” with the closeup view but it show more of the streetcar that the mid range view.

It is all in the eyes of the beholder. I think I like the mid view best and my second choice is the closeup view. In this digital age, you can afford to take more than just one photo…but be sure you do not over do it as well.  Then it asks the question…”which one is best?”

Riverside Musician

Levee MusicanYou never know what you will run into while walking alone the Mississippi River levee at New Orleans.  This “cowboy” type musician was entertaining levee walkers on a spring afternoon with his ballads. Sometimes the would stop and talk to him as well. As I said, you never know what you will see while walking the levee there. Photo taken 2010.

A New Gallery

Normally this blog is used to help you improve your photography. This week it is to introduce a new gallery on my website: ” French Quarter Doorways,” in New Orleans.

How many times in our lives have we made a committment to finish one project right now without going off in another direction before it was finished? While working on my Mississippi River project we were spending several days in New Orleans and the French Quarter, I noticed all the differerent old doorways and the interaction of people around these doorways. I immediately decided to do a small gallery on the doorways of the French Quarter. These old buildings and their cafes, galleries and shops provide an interesting viewing experience to those people who have not been to the French Quarter…and also to those that have.

Meanwhile my River Gallery has taken a second seat to this one. But only for a few days.

I guess you could say that in the French Quarter life circulates around doorways and I have tried to provide that with this new gallery. Enjoy the doorways.

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What Makes A Great Photo?

A great photograph is in the eyes of the beholder. What one person likes, another person may not. It is simply personal preference. But the question is…do you know why you like a certain photograph, or a painting too for that matter? You should be taking photographs that you enjoy seeing and sharing with others.

Here is a tip to help you. I tell people in my photo classes, to select 20 photos they like from magazines and newspapers-cut them out and place them on a table in front of them as a group. Then go from photograph to photograph and ask yourself, “Why do I like this?” Take notes on each one.

Then read your notes collectively.

The whole idea behind this exrcise is to know why you like the photographs you selected. In a class it is interesting to hear diffiferent comments from other individuals. You should apply those same attributes to the photos that you take. For example, in outdoor scenes I try to get something up close in the foreground to help frame it and add depth…or I look for an interesting design…or something that has strong blacks and whites.

When taking color photographs which nearly everyone does, sometimes the bright colors well overcast the design or composition and you will have bright colors, but not a good photograph. It is easier to see good composition in black and white. Just for fun have a couple of your good photographs converted to black and white and see what you think of them. Not every good color photograph will make a good black and white one.

Here’s a photo of a bead maker taken in the French Market in New Orleans. It looks good in both black and white and in color too. The finished beads surrounding the bead maker make an interesting design on the table top. The photo was taken in 2009.

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