Boston

Today was spent exploring the North End in Boston. It's one of our favorite spots to go to when we're in the city. It has such amazing architecture and so much culture in this tiny area. Your first steps onto the streets that create the North End are instantly filled with the smell of garlic and sights of tiny, old Italians that have probably lived there for years. You'll see all the lit up signs for great restaurants and the famous Mike's Pastry sign. But as you walk in and out of the side streets, you'll get more of a homey vibe. There are apartments and people walking with their laundry, and you'll see that it's not just the restaurants that make up the North End. It's the people who still live there and walk to these bakeries and corner stores every day. When Joe and I go out to shoot, we have different shooting styles. While I lean more towards landscapes and untouched scenes, he's totally into street photography. His photographs are ridiculous and he seems to have this knack for capturing the right moment. So, I totally admire that - street photography is so hard but his photographs are great. Any time we're out together, I try to do some of my own street photography (but it's no where near his).

This image, for instance, is one that I was going to write about and how it is a total fail of street photography. When I was going through my images, Joe came in and saw that and exclaimed that he loved it. He convinced me to change it to black and white and look at it more. He also laughed in my face when I told him this was going to be my "fail" image. 
The more I look at it - I do think it's interesting. I love how the two people in the background are framed by the arms in the foreground. 

Now, I didn't put my eye to the view finder and frame this composition - this is purely...by chance. I had the camera on, pointed to the side of me when I was trying to get out of a crowd, and took a shot. This is what came from it. I like it. But I don't think that I can continue to do this just out of "luck". I need to push myself more when we're out in the city. I need to start to work up the nerve to get right in peoples faces and take a photo and not care. With time, I'm sure I can get to that point. But for now, I'll just keep blindly taking photographs out on the street and seeing what comes from it. I guess there's nothing about shooting straight from the hip.

 

finding a style

Yesterday I wrote about trying to photograph my morning routine. So, this morning I did just that… sort of. This morning started off smooth, I woke up with plenty of time to shower and get ready. I made some breakfast and relaxed for a little bit too long and ended up rushing to get to work. The morning started off sitting across from Joe and not long after I was sitting in 30 minutes of traffic. Something I love about creating compositions is framing the subject in a very straight forward way. As you can see, this portrait is framed by the leading lines of the ceiling, the table, and is framed by the doorway frame. I love that this just what it is. There’s nothing fancy about it - no set up… nothing. I love the simplicity of photographs like this that really push the viewer to look at the subject rather than what is around the subject. It’s not about objects. My style of photography can really go two different ways. At times, I want to distort a subject matter as much as possible - to the point of where it really makes you stop and think about what is you’re looking at. At other times, it’s more about the simplicity, as I wrote about before. On another note - here’s my two photographs from today. Enjoy!

creative juices keep on flowin'

So, after completing my first ever time lapse (!!), I’m really interested in doing more and figuring out what the best sort of flow is. Yesterday, I set it up at intervals of one photograph per minute - which I think was a bit too long. Overall, the time lapse came out okay, but I think I need a smoother transition. I ended up shortening each clip to only last 1 second in the final edit, and it came out… not bad, but I needed to experiment a bit more to figure it out. This blog has, at times, felt like a bit of a chore.There are mornings when I walk out of the house and don’t even want to take a photograph. Which seems so ridiculous and it annoys me so much but when I drive the same route everyday, I see the same things. On top it, it’s a pain to be photographing things when you’re driving in stop and go traffic. BUT - I can already tell that this blog is helping my creativity. Like the book, Big Magic, you need to just BE creative. I never would have taken time to do time lapses or put them together - they would just sit on my camera for weeks on end. On top of it, after I write these posts and edit some photographs or put together a time lapse, I just feel so much better. It feels so good to get this out and write about my process and trial and error and everything. I’m thinking about actually going back to a few series that I’ve worked on continuously and writing up some artists statements. But anyway - here’s what happened tonight — 
Tonight I did it at intervals of one photograph every 15 seconds, one photograph every 2 seconds, and one photograph per second. I’m currently putting them together and will figure out which seems to work best in the end.

And honestly, I think 95% of my inspiration comes from Casey Neistat’s videos.

always people watching

Okay, so this weekend hasn’t been very busy - but I’ve fallen off the track a bit. I didn’t set up a post for yesterday and I didn’t even shoot anything on Friday. I wasn’t too busy to do it, I just wasn’t feel well. I had a really bad headache after work on Friday and just wanted to lay down and not even think about anything. So, while I slacked off a bit on Friday, I did get to shoot on Saturday. Now, granted, it’s 7 pm on Sunday night and I’m JUST writing this blog, but at least it’s getting done.

Yesterday was filled with the usual Saturday things - work in the morning, have lunch, and go out and do errands. We actually went out for lunch yesterday at Atomic Cafe, a local cafe that’s downtown. I really took advantage of the remote camera feature on the X-T10 and sneakily took some photographs of people sitting at their tables. Now that I’ve got the hook of it, I think it could be used as a great tool for street photography.

fresh pastaaaaa

Let me start this post with what I look for when photographing food. I love the look of a messy kitchen- the flour, the knifes, utensils, etc. just all over the table. A truly natural look that would be in just about any kitchen when cooking or baking. I don’t believe those shoots where there isn’t a mess with flour or sugar all over the counter top. Now, earlier this week I put a post up about black and white cookies but those weren’t nearly as nice as the ones that you’ll see below. I think the lighting is better and my compositions are stronger. Again, these are not perfect or anywhere near it, but that’s all part of the process. This blog is used to document and continuously work on my photography. 

Here’s a story of our first time making pasta - enjoy!