In the wake of Photo Weekend Düsseldorf there were many bigger and smaller exhibitions in the city where great photography was on display. In the case of this shot, we feigned interest in the images exhibited on the various floors of Hotel InterContinental on the Königsallee, which afforded us access to the elevators so we could go all the way up to the tenth floor. That’s where I took this picture and several others with more or less interesting POVs. I wanted to take the opportunity to post some of the images here on the blog. Enjoy!
The story around this shot is actually somewhat unusual. I had scouted this location with the stripes on the ground like I always do and was thinking about possible angles and POVs always considering how people usually walk there. when I saw this lady and her high heels out of the corner of my eye. I’m not normally one to quickly respond to a situation and possible opportunity on the street. This was the exception. I put myself into position as fast as I could and just barely got her legs and heels into the frame without a real opportunity to frame a meaningful composition or even think about the placement of anything. I thought the shot wasn’t probably working out so I spent at least another 45 minutes in this location shooting dozens more pictures with various legs and shoes in different strides. It wasn’t until I was looking through my images back home on the computer that I realized I could have ended that shoot right after that first photo because it was clearly the winner out of all the shots I took there. But hey…what are you gonna do? It’s like they say, hindsight has 20/20!
The first image I’m publishing that I’ve taken with my new Fujinon XF 56/f1.2! I’ve already taken it to the streets for some candid shots…they are coming up after this…
This shot is fresh off the memory card. I took it during Karneval but it isn’t a typical carnival portrait at all as you can see! I saw that beautiful and all enveloping scarf first and was lucky enough that the lady turned around to face me and look into the camera!
Here comes part 10 in the rainy series. What I liked about this shot was how it transported the feeling of a fleeting encounter with someone during a short but heavy rain shower. There’s no way for you to get back to it and all you’re left with is this shred of a memory…or this feeling of what could have been…I want to believe that this is what I found on my sensor when I got home! 😉
This shot I took right after that heavy rain you saw in yesterday’s shot. The sun had come out pretty much immediately and it caused the wet surfaces of the street to glisten nicely. I tried making an interesting composition with people walking toward me. I’ve noticed before that subjects are less likely to pick up on the fact that I’m taking pictures when the sun is right in their faces and they can’t see well. Kinda obvious, I know, but definitely a tip for street shooters starting out. The other benefit, also obviously, is that the light in their faces makes for nicely exposed images if you dial the exposure compensation down to -2/3 or -1. It gives you well exposed faces and darker backgrounds which I like anyway.
So I was doing that when I realized that I was positioned in such a way that people coming from and going to the Köbogen from Shadowstraße would walk close past me. I thought I might just as well take advantage of it and shortly after was able to take the shot you see here…
The series continues with this lady fending of the heavy pelting from above. I like how the lines work in this. The placement of the main subject is pretty good, even though the VR guy on the ad is a bit too close, I fear. Still the juxtaposition work well. See it on Flickr here…
I thought this one would be a nice continuation of my rainy day series. The girl seems to be carefully planning her next step in this heavy rainfall and with the streets being wet and slippery. I’m still mostly in the same spot as I was in the other images of this series and I’m pretty sure by now pretty much everybody will have realized that. Anyway, I’m mostly at the 50mm mark of my Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50-f3.5-6.3 kit lens and firing off when I see people pass by that stand out in anyway. With everybody hustling in and out of this downpour it wasn’t too hard a job.
I think I’ll post about four or five more in this series after this and then continue on with a few architectural shots I’ve been meaning to publish.
Well, this one’s a bit obvious, isn’t it? Haha…But on a more serious note, I thought the shot turned out unexpectedly well. For one thing, the POV isn’t all that exciting. Her legs, however, are so well defined and accentuated by that smallest of dark outlines courtesy of her pantyhose. The tiny bit of (motion) blur helps the shot out as well, I think. That stride conveys a sense of purpose and the shape of her dress “anchors” her feet nicely on the top of the frame.
I gotta say I feel a bit like a cheat shooting the rain and people wrestling with it from the comfort of a dry spot right next to a shop window. I’m also starting to worry that being in obviously the same location for these images might begin to get boring. The shots themselves I really do like and that’s why I think it’s okay to go ahead and publish them. It’s rare for me to be out in that sort of weather and that does make the images special to me. Like I mentioned in the post prior to this, my power chair wouldn’t have liked to be in this kind of downpour. My camera/lens combo I was using (Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk.II and Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50/f3.5-6.3) on the other hand was weather-sealed. I guess I’m going to save me some money next time around when I buy a new camera, skipping the weather-sealing!