Boston’s main public library has a magnificent interior courtyard. I like to sit at one of the small tables that are dotted along the main walkway between the old building and the new modern entrance. By sitting quietly and hiding my camera in my lap, I can take photographs of the passersby.
This young man made a nice silhouette against the building’s walls. You can just see that his eyes are closed giving him a nice pensive look.
Today, getting the paper, I came across this man sitting in the sun and savoring his early morning coffee. There’s a nice division here. On the left side of the pillar is the often constricted nature of our local neighborhood and on the right is a contented gent gazing peacefully out at the passers by.
I regularly shoot in color and my images are always in the RAW format. That said however, if the resulting photograph has a chance of looking good in black and white, NIK Silver Effects Pro is trotted out to process it. The image above is a good example of what I mean.
It started out as a decent image of a down and out guy scratching lottery tickets in front of a real estate office. The light was good but the ghastly purple color of the office window design was horrible. Changing the image to monochrome was a revelation! All of a sudden the window’s purple tinted squares became lovely shades of gray and the figure’s rumpled raincoat was set off well by the widow’w short straight lines.
There is of course no way of knowing this man’s life story. However, his expression, his long white beard, the kids run running in back of him and the Massachusetts State House in back of them provide plenty of material to make up a good one.
We haven’t had many of these mild days and this man is taking full advantage of it. As a color picture I like the juxtaposition of the red, blue and greens. The photo almost has an impressionist feel to it.