Downtown Miami. Walking the streets, hunting with my lens, I came upon this scene. A homeless gentleman dancing on the sidewalk to some music that was playing and all of a sudden the music was abruptly shut off and this was reaction. I could image, he must have said “wth”.
The more I shoot, the more I realize the camera is not too important. Preparation and knowing your gear well, will often yield very similar results. I sold the P7000 a few weeks and acquired the Ricoh GRD III and even though they are different cameras, I must say that the P7000 does have a lot of positive attributes (they were not for me though). In the end, the fast lens of the Ricoh won me over, I don’t regret it one bit.
A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.
– Ansel Adams
I love to photograph strangers while they smoke. I don’t know what is but I just like it. I believe it adds another dimension to the entire street persona. Its almost like they’re being really themselves and just free to do as they want without fear or judgement.
Sometimes one could get too close, this was such a time. To be honest, this gentleman intimidated me and I didn’t even want him to get a glimpse as to what I was going to do so I prefocused to the best of my ability and snapped as I strolled a few steps by him. He must have been at least 6’5 and 300 lbs plus, quick a character. So, if you’re ever on a similar situation and it just doesn’t feel right, then better do the best you can, well, that’s if you still want the shot, or just keep going, I chose to go for it.
Earlier this week, I headed over to Miami Beach to have dinner and drinks at the most marvelous little place you would have never thought existed where it is – Lou’s Beer & Garden, on Harding Ave. (which is adjacent to Collins Ave.) and 74th Street.
The funny thing is that South Beach is from 5th Street to about 15th Street on Ocean Drive and Lou’s place would be a perfect match for Sobe but its not, its on 74th Street which is really odd considering how hip and cool it is. Anyway, the food is awesome and the atmosphere is intimate and very personal, it kind off feels like the old tv show “Cheers” where every one knows you, its one of those place. I totally recommend it, well, actually its also a small hotel, which works out great if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of South Beach but be a cab ride away.
When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!
The proverbial feeling of being young and aloof. Today was my first true day with the Ricoh GRD III and I must say I’m truly impressed. I’ve never gotten closer with any camera before and gotten shots like the ones from today.
I’ll be uploading them little by little but I definitely have some keepers, quite a few in my book. I’m very impressed with the quality of the jpeg compression on how well they output a very rich and contrasty color. Mind you, I was not using the High Contrast mode.
“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important.”
– Jacques-Henri Lartigue
I feel the same way. They are primarily records of time which tell a story, it could be any story, it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that they are yours and yours only. If the world appreciates them, then that’s great too.