The amount of light, the quality of light, the color of light.
Changing the white balance on this image would ruin its effect.
Since returning from Jay Maisel’s workshop last month, I am now always carrying my Olympus E-PL2 micro 4/3rds camera with a 20mm (40mm effective) lens. I take random shots through out the week and review them on the weekend. It is always interesting to review the images at the end of the week. There is no pressure to find the next masterpiece / portfolio image and this makes it easier to both experiment but also to be really critical. I look through the images and see what worked and what didn’t. Most weekends I take a short walk to the local gym which is located in a small outdoor shopping mall. There are several interesting opportunities with shopping carts and sidewalk patterns. Here are my best from this week.
Oak Studies by I Nancy, on Flickr
I’ve been working on my composition skills with the local oaks and my little Olympus E-PL2. We’ve had some unseasonable overcast mornings creating soft light. Here the leaves of the overgrown vines looked like a big pile of snow around this tree.
Oak Studies by I Nancy, on Flickr
At the end of the trail were a grove of oaks and sycamores. I know that a bunch of folks will think this one too busy, but I’m entranced by the subtlety of the trunk through the leaves. I think this is an oak covered by small branches of sycamores.
This morning I took a hike with some friends and the overcast skies made for perfect shooting conditions. This oak was adorned with vines of poison oak beginning to show their fall colors. With the subtle light shining through, it looked like an intricate stained glass window.
Phone Envy by I Nancy, on Flickr
There is nothing like photography to uplift my spirit and clear my mind. I took a series of images in this Chicago commuter train during my vacation this summer. Earlier, I published an entry called Study, were I was able to isolate one person on the train, deep in thought, as a nice portrait. The colors and lighting of the train were really conducive to my image making.
For Phone Envy, I worked the man in the dark jacket and glasses for all during the trip. Earlier he was alone in the seats below, using his own phone. The he was joined by a couple more passengers. I thought the image I achieved when these two passengers both texting would be my best. Then this appeared as the front man glanced over his shoulder. I have no idea what caught his attention to turn around like this, but it was just the moment I needed.
In The Girls, below, I watched these three women enter the train. I like the framing I could achieve with the metal work around them. They talked for a while and then began to catch up on their own business.
The Girls by I Nancy, on Flickr
Study by I Nancy, on Flickr
Riding on the commuter train in Chicago provided me with so many photo opportunities that I could hardly put the camera down. Of course my hubby’s son thought that I was nuts, being that he rides it every day. When I entered the train I immediately began a process of mental notes. What did it feel like, what did I see?
This car was a double-decker with everything tinged in faded 1970’s kodachrome orange, yellow, and cyan. The upper deck provided views down and across filled with metal bars and orange seat patterns. As the train began to fill my opportunities evolved from simply lines and patterns to incorporating people, first a few and then more as we got nearer to downtown. The patina on the stainless rails provided diffuse reflections of the yellow light and cyan tinged windows. The vision I was forming was to look for interesting views to maximize the framing effects of the bars, the diagonals of the seats below, or the perspective looking down the car. When I peer across the train and spotted this young man studying so intently I began my exploration of the framing I would create. I worked both on the framing and waiting for the right pose and look.
The result here is based on with the strong framing, slight tilt of the papers and lighting hitting his hair and folds of his shirt. The color harmony of yellows and cyans are seen both in the windows and walls as well as reflected in the bars. I dodged down the lettering on his bag – the the facing seat) and brought up the lighting on his face a touch.
Taken with the Olympus E-PL2 and Lumix 20mm pancake lens.