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

Downtown Photo Walk

This morning the weather was overcast with periods of misty rain.  I was hoping to actually shoot during the wet morning conditions but by the time I could get out and shoot the mist had stopped and everything was dry.   The overcast skies remained and and I went downtown to see if I could spot anything interesting.

Now, I live in a small town.  A very quiet small town…so, there isn’t much going on during an overcast Sunday afternoon.  I did mange to find a few things to shoot.  The following images arn’t the most dramatic of photos but they do represent my surroundings on this day.

IMG_3113I felt much safer once I realized the local pink flamingo brigade was watching over me.

IMG_3109This vacant shop provided some inspiring words…If you look closely you can see the photographer’s reflection in the door.

IMG_3075I’m not sure what this guy was doing…best to just move along and let him be.

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This was the best image of the day.  It’s a poster in the window of the local comic book store.  I like the double exposure effect that you get from the streets reflection in the window.

That’s it for today.  If you would like to see more images from my walk follow me on Instagram at mike_lovette

A Trip to the Antique Shop

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On Christmas Eve we visited one of the local antique shops just to browse the items and enjoy some time out and about as a family.  To me, it’s always interesting to browse through any kind of antique or vintage items.  I think (particularly in the U.S.) we put too much value on new and shiny and in the process we fail to see the value of older goods.  I think each blemish, be it a scratch or well-worn area, tells a story and should be appreciated for the service or use that a particular item has provided.  Many times these items have many years of service remaining and can become a cherished possession.

I carried my camera with me as we walked through the store.  I was hoping to discover some unique items or photo compositions.  I did manage to get a few shots that I thought may be worth sharing.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

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The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Ascend.  My plan was to walk around town and photograph objects that ascended in some fashion.  Living in a small town my subjects are a bit limited but I managed to find a few things that fit the theme.

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