Not my usual Boston-centric street-photograph but rather a west coast shot of some friends talking beside the sea in Santa Barbara, California. The reason I’ve included it here is that it can serve as an example of how a photo can transition from one genre to another in post processing.
When this image started out, it was in color and exposed in a way that my friends’ features were clearly visible. By converting it to monochrome and making it a silhouette, the abstract nature of the composition is highlighted, made even more striking by the arch encircling them.
There’s as 16mm 1.4 lens that you can get for the Fuji X system that, in my opinion, is absolutelymagic. Part of the lens’ beauty is that it can focus very closely. It’s not a macro for sure but you’d never believe how close it can get.
Take a hard look at this photo. The subject is a rather nondescript rose on its last legs. But when I shot it very closely and let Lightroom do some alchemy, the rose became another creature altogether.
I was wandering around Harvard Square this morning, taking pictures of this and that when I came across this lady beggar sitting with all her worldly possessions almost in the middle of the sidewalk. Not only was she homeless but she clearly had mental problems as well. From this quick photo I took you can’t see what she’s doing, so I’ll tell you.
She’s putting a wrapped sandwich, a kind passerby just gave her, inside a big black plastic bag, one of many next to her on the sidewalk.
For a brief fleeting moment she found the empathy she was seekingand I stopped taking “this and that” photographs.