Small town streets

So…Confession…I’m really drawn to black and white street photography.  I admire those who are brave enough to snap photos of complete strangers in the streets.

I would like to give this genre of photography a try.  But, I’m hesitant.  I worry that someone may react negatively to being photographed by a stranger.  I know this fear is common among novice street photographers.  I am working on overcoming this fear by carrying my Canon point and shoot camera during walks with my wife and our dog, Katie.

I live in a small town, foot traffic is light, so subjects are few and far between.  But, I’m on the lookout for opportunities, quick to capture something or someone of interest in my lens.

Below are a few photos that were taken this week, during our walks with Katie.

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The library seems to be a popular spot.
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Our old girl Katie as she s-l-o-w-l-y makes her way down the street.  I liked the split between her and her reflection in the shop window.
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A man takes advantage of the spring weather and perhaps the library’s wifi.

I hope you enjoyed this little selection of photos. I hope to begin posting more photography again. However, I will not let dust gather on my pens or pencils. I plan to maintain my drawing habit and keep posting artwork.

Have a great weekend! – Mike

Sunday Snap 04.21.19

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Southport Bench Warmer…

We recently spent a few days in one of my favorite seaside towns, Southport, NC. Southport is a charming community located in the extreme southeast corner of North Carolina.  The town has a lot of history and has appeared in many television and film productions.  We try to visit every spring.  The town is not heavily commercialized at all and therefore, retains its charm as a sleepy, but welcoming, seaside town.

While there we strolled around The Southport Spring Festival which features arts & crafts from regional artisans.  That’s where I spotted this gentleman on the bench, I assume he is waiting on the missus to finish exploring the festival while he sits patiently and observes.

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Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

 

Winter’s Chill

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This past weekend brought some icy weather to my neck of the woods.  So I ventured out with my camera to see if I could find any interesting shots.

The images in this post were all taken in my backyard, no more than 100′ from my house.  It just shows that if you really look at the opportunities that have been provided for you, you can find inspiration and beauty.

All of the images in this post where shot using a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Prime Lens.

The images below are linked to a larger version.  Just click on the image for more detail.

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Mike L.

Downtown Photo Exploration

Electrical Meters Cluster

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?
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Rear view of a downtown building with elevated iron walkway
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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.