As you can imagine, I shot a lot of photographs during my two excursions to San Francisco. I didn’t count how many images I took before I began the culling process, but I was left with about 240 keepers. I’m a fast shooter in general. For street photography of course, you can’t dilly dally and really setup the shot. The best stuff occurs in a fraction of a second and it is easy to miss. I’m hardly a master but I enjoy the challenge of anticipating, finding and composing a shot very quickly.
The urban landscapes can be set up a bit more since the action is less frenetic. But the best light and color, such as during blue hour, does not last long. I still find it useful to quickly decide on a composition and execute. At times I make several different compositions so that I can decide later which I like best. They are usually subtle variations on a theme.
For today’s post, I decided to go all monochrome. Some photographs to me look better in black and white. It could be because of a lack of interesting color or that I want to emphasize texture or geometric patterns. Black and white can also simply an image if it doesn’t have too much texture and an abundance of lines. These photographs are from both my Monday and Thursday visits to San Francisco last week. I think they have a different feel from the color photos I’ve posted recently.
As usual, I shoot all my photographs in color. Later in post processing I convert selected images to black and white in Aperture 3. Since the RAW converter for the E-P5 is still not available, I shot all images in JPEG + RAW. These were all converted from JPEGs.
Not all of these are text-book perfect. The first image, for example, has some motion blur as do some others. But I like the feel of these. They evoke a certain mood for me. I hope you enjoy them too.
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