Tonights post is a reflection shot that I took while ago in Pittsburgh. One of the things that I like to look for is what you would normally walk right by and never notice. This particular photo is a reflection in an area where literally thousands of people walk by. I wonder how many have stopped to take a look?
In your personal travels I highly recommend stopping and taking a look at what the world has to offer. You might just be amazed.
After showing you an overall scene of the city of Pittsburgh, I thought that I would show you a photo that I took on a walk downtown one evening. Yesterday I talked about looking around you to see what the city has to offer. After walking through this corner countless times, one evening I stopped and took a few minuets to look around, then the idea for this photo came to me and the next night I was standing there with my camera and tripod. I think the results were worth it. Feel free to let me know what you think.
This photo was taken using a fisheye lens and a slow shutter speed to get the streaking of the lights. I will say that my work kept me from getting out today to take any photos but I was able to pull this one from my archives.
From time to time we revisit a familiar place and yet somehow it seem different than the way you remembered. Recently I had a few hours to spare, which by the way never occurs, and I took a ride Ohiopyle State Park. I have visited and photographed the water fall know as Cucumber Falls many times before and quite often I just go for a walk and don’t take any photos at all.
As photographers we are often faced with this dilemma of seeing the same subject over and over agin. Often this causes me to not want to take a photo of this particular subject. The question arises, “How do you make the Familiar Different?”, well my answer to the question is a very simple one. Simply choose a lens that you wouldn’t typically use and only photograph your subject with that single lens. I will offer a suggestion here though, I would pick a lens that really doesn’t fit the subject. In my case, at the ever so familiar Cucumber Falls, I chose to use a fisheye lens.
I guess that I’m trying to make myself see a familiar subject in a slightly different way.
Let me know what you think of the photographs.