I spent Thursday (Apr 4) wandering downtown and started to look for interesting reflections. The light was particularly good first thing and as per usual the high buildings were slicing the light into sharp shadows as well as bouncing of the other buildings creating softer patches of light. One of the first photos I made was this one below which I've called "the handshake" and its a great example of how reflections can be used to create interest and humour in a photo. In the photo it appears the man is about to shake his own hand.
Not far from where I shot "the handshake" I made this next photo which I called "alternative dimensions" and once again the reflected part of the image carries the photo and adds interest with the man in the suit seemingly existing in two dimensions. Well I thought so anyway......
As the morning progressed I managed to make another couple of photos that were more traditional using the light and shadows to create the following two silhouettes.
My final keeper of the day was another light and shadow shot but this time a more softer shot using the light being reflected by the adjacent structures and office towers. All in all not a bad mornings walk
Today was spent walking the streets of Calgary with a friend who was keen to learn about chasing the light and how to see potential shots. We spent our time looking for pools of light or light intersected by crisp angles of shadow. He also wanted to explore the importance of colour and how complimentary colours can add to the overall scene. Below are a few of the photographs I managed to make.
There isn’t many harder genres of photography than shooting the street. So how can you make things slightly easier? For me it was chasing the light. I use to walk miles, trying to find an interesting scene or group of people, or even wait on street corners for that decisive moment. Living and shooting in Calgary with its skyscrapers and tall office blocks that reflect or block the sun, I now spend a lot of my shooting time following the light from block to block. By timing when you go out and watching the sun in the sky you can continually move around the streets in such a way that sets you up for better and more interesting street shots. So next time you’re looking at your days photos shot on the streets and you’re feeling a bit let down by the results go and chase that light and transform your portfolio.
Below are a few examples from my recent endeavours chasing the light (click on photo to enlarge).
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