Downtown Photo Exploration

A few nights ago I met up with a good friend and fellow photographer to do a bit of urban exploration in our small downtown environment.  We are limited to just a few blocks of buildings and alleys.  I considered the night to be a successful outing.  I think we will only get better with time as we learn to recognize opportunities.   This was more of a test run than anything else.  In the past couple of weeks I have ventured out with my wife a time of two to shoot predetermined areas.  This was the first time to meet up with a fellow photographer to just wander around and see what we could find.  I came away with some decent shots and some that are less than impressive.  But, all in all, it was a good learning experience.  I look forward to more outings, more exploration, and hopefully more “post worthy” photos.

Ghost walker in a downtown alley
Can you see the ghost walker?
Fire-Escape-Full
Rear view of a downtown building with elevated iron walkway
Electrical Meters Cluster
A cluster of electrical meters in a downtown alley.
Graffiti Door
Graffiti next to the entrance to an abandoned downtown building
Dark and narrow downtown alley
Shot of a dark and narrow downtown alley.
Moon with alley walls
Shot of the moon framed with the walls of a downtown alley.

Night Photography – A Deserted Downtown Alley

This image was captured on the same night as my Main at Dusk photo.  It is another long exposure photo.  This time the subject is an alley downtown.  I like the strong contrast of this image and the texture created by the brick walls.

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo
Black and white photo of a downtown alley. This is a long exposure photo taken at night.

Travel Photography – Sandbridge Pier

I shot the photos below with my phone during our vacation last June.  The location was Sandbridge Beach, VA.  The forecast for the day was to start off cloudy and become sunny by afternoon.  The sun never arrived.  A dense fog developed over the water and presented a unique lighting and atmospheric condition.

Photograph of framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day high key photograph
High key photograph of the pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.

Film Photography – Black & White Film Roll #1

One of my hobbies includes photography.  I own a vintage Sears 35mm SLR film camera.  The camera was manufactured for Sears by Ricoh.   I occasionally use it for black & white film photography.  Below are some photographs that I shot with the camera.

Using this camera is a real pleasure.  The fact that you have to manually focus the camera makes you feel a bit more connected with the subject.  Also, shooting film you have a limited number of photographs.  This tends to make you much more selective about the subjects you decide to dedicate an exposure to.  This is a stark contrast to shooting with my Canon DSLR with auto-focus, image stabilization, & a nearly infinite number of exposures you can use on a shoot.

 

 

End grain of a wood beam
End grain of a wood beam from a hiking shelter at Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Mountain view from Doughton Park
Mountain view from a hiking trail located in Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railroad Trestle in Roaring River, NC
Railroad trestle located in Roaring River, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC