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 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.


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.

embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz

January 2

Today was the first full day I had with my new camera. So, naturally, I had to go and test it out. The camera takes beautiful photographs - the color rendition is amazing. I really enjoy the camera itself - it's compact, lightweight, and fairly easy to learn to use. There are still some things that I'm learning on but for the most part, it's pretty easy to pick up on. 

Below are some of the photographs that I took from today. We went to Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA and the landscape was just beautiful. It was late in the afternoon so the sun was starting to go down and the glow from the sun was perfect. I shot some landscapes, portraits, close ups, and tested it out in lower lighting. I can take a photograph at night, hand held, and the quality is great.