Flickr Upload: lines.legs.and.heels

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!

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.X

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! 😉

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.IX

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…

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.VII

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.

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.VI.intermission

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.

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.V

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!

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.IV

So here’s the fourth installment already in my mini series of shots I took back in September of 2017 in a heavy late-summer downpour. It was an exceptional day in terms of weather. After this spell of rain, the sun came right back out and the day turned into a wonderfully pleasant late-summer day.
All images in this little series I didn’t even get wet for as I stood under the awning of one of the stores. Lots of people were trying their luck heading out into the wet conditions much to my delight, as you can imagine. I think the fact that there was a subway entrance/exit right across from where I was standing played into my hands nicely. Nicely protected from the weather, I had to “ride it out” until the rain abated and I could try and find a different location to shoot. I definitely didn’t want my power chair to get a soaking. I’m somewhat confident that it’s not going to break down on me in a light fizzle, but those conditions you’re seeing here were quite a different animal.

The Website and Blog Returns

Welcome back, weary traveller of the interwebz. My portfolio and blog at christian.stops.photography has been resurrected from the dead and updated for your viewing pleasure. To be honest, I don’t yet know how the story’ll continue, but I wanna say I’m going to focus more on the content than the style. More substance over wasted time configuring and styling. I quickly gathered the first WordPress theme that looked good, added a picture to the placeholder on top and started typing away on the first entry.

So what are you going to see here, I hear you ask? Well, the ruminations of a street photographer, I guess. I want to talk here about the process of my street photography. I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not I should make my “seated lifestyle” part of it. I decided that the fact that I’m in a wheelchair is so intrinsically connected with my approach to street photography that there’s no way around it. I think I’d enjoy sharing the occasional story around a shot…how I managed to get it or what funny anecdote is connected with it.

I also want to talk about workflow because, honestly, who isn’t a workflow nerd when it comes to processing and cataloging our images. A longtime Lightroom user, I’ve recently started to evaluate Capture One and, 7 days into it, I can say that I really like it. It is better than Lightroom especially dealing with the shots from Fuji’s X-Trans sensor, in my opinion. More on that at another time.

I also like calligraphy and hand lettering a lot but am rubbish at it. That shouldn’t keep me from sharing my endeavors, though, so you might just see the occassional lettering piece here, too. Digital art and painting is another topic I’m interested in and that I could see being part of this blog. I don’t really want to limit myself to anything, to be honest. I’ll just post whatever strikes my fancy. It’s my blog after all! Haha!

I’ve illustrated this post with an older selfie of mine. I thought it showed the street photographer in his natural environment.