Collins Ave. at 8th St., South Beach
The first photo is easily the best of the few street photography offings I have. It’s also shot in infrared. I have interspersed a lot of infrared in other series.
The third is wacky… I know. I saw the guy coming, set my shutter speed slow enough to catch some bike blur. I add the motion blur in the background… yeah… I cheated… I cheat a lot! You have NO idea
Dissent - People for the American Way Protest
This protest was curiously different from the average conglomeration of anti-war, Socialist/Communist, Haitian and Hispanic protests, though all of the above were present. The non-profit that organized obviously was very serious about the turn-out and the trimmings. It began with a rally at Government Center in downtown Miami and after numerous speakers, then they marched to what was the Miami public square, otherwise known as the Torch of Friendship, hung out for a while then dispersed.
In my film days, I owned a SMC Pentax Asahi 15mm f3.5 and LOVED it. I had a hard time learning how to work with the extreme convergence ultra wide-angle lenses provide, but I did find some really different ways to work with the convergence. The 10.5mm Nikkor f2.8 DX fish eye was a very early add, and I still have it. I’ve seen a lot of fish eye shots that are lazy crap. Standing on a shoreline, lining up the center to the horizon centering up and shooting. Ohhhh look how cool that is… it’s almost like an eyeball or something…. cool”
It’s not just about composition with the fish eye, it’s about working the angles, Getting a shot lined up that varies the distance on the edges of the horizontal frame’s extreme convergence at an 180° horizontal field of view, even if just a little. A lot of stuff doesn’t work out… some do though.
Much like my infrared stuff, I have fish eye shots mixed in with galleries too (as most could probably tell). I could have done the same with these, but I wanted to take a selfish moment to talk about my favorite lens in the whole wide world.
Repent - A Good Day For Condemnation
I moved to South Florida a little under 20 years. I know, those familiar with the incredible sky here choose not to see wonder. But for me, Florida has the most amazing sky, and often some amazing light conditions, which makes life easy on us photographers. This day was such.