365-273 A graffiti day
I hope the viewers who have enjoyed my flower photos don’t feel alienated as I go about my 365 adventure. Flowers and nature are just a small part of what I like to photograph. As I have mentioned in the past, I can’t really nail exactly what my photographic style is. I know I don’t fit exclusively in standard categories like street, landscape, portrait, sports, or travel photographer. I like to dabble in those realms along with abstract (a personal challenge of mine), urban, documentary, and humor. I like color and black and white equally as well. Some photos I do very little post-processing on and some I go wild with. I think post-processing is half of the equation when it comes to digital photography. All digital photos, in my opinion, benefit greatly with proper processing. The end result is what I am concerned with. I am not afraid to add texture layers to make more of a “painterly” image if I feel the subject justifies it. I am a “purist” in the sense that I respect the craft of photography but not in the fact that I have to accept the out of camera image as final. This isn’t film, it’s digital. A new purity?
Now for the photo. The weather basically put a damper on work for the day (and the weekend 🙂 ). After a few meetings on the job site and enjoying a lunch with a co-worker, I headed for home early. The area I had lunch at has a number of older, colorful buildings with interesting architecture. The buildings are worn and aged instead of faithfully restored which I find quite interesting. As I explored a few blocks looking for something of interest I saw this sort of “graffiti face” on a closed storefront window. I liked how it contrasted with the colorful buildings reflected in the glass. Ghost-like, floating. After shooting a few more building details and getting ready to head out of town, I remembered an overlook in the area that I really haven’t been to since I was a teenager (a looong time ago). It is a concrete structure high on a hill that overlooks the city of Wheeling. It was a gray rainy day so I didn’t expect much for any grand vistas but I thought it may offer an interesting perspective. When I arrived at the overlook I was actually surprised to see the structure covered with colorful graffiti. I’m not a fan of graffiti, especially in public spaces but this time it created a nice color element. There were some other people there with cameras trying to photograph the view and they looked at me kind of strange as I was photographing, not the view, but the viewing platform! I get looked at a lot. This was one of those shots where I would have benefited from a wider angle lens. I work with a minimal amount of gear and it’s fine for about 90% of what I shoot but someday I would like to add wider angle and macro lenses to round out my kit. Finally I’m just throwing in a black and white photo of a door that I just kind of like for some reason. It’s all about the texture. Pentax K20D, DA55-300, DA17-70.
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