Uptown Street Photography, Pt 2

While exploring urban environments with my camera, I’m usually looking for composition opportunities, which include architectural abstracts, expansive urban landscapes (cityscapes) or people interacting with or navigating through the city. Particularly, the latter falls into the genre of Street Photography.

Arena Station Night Train 1
Arena Station Night Train 1

In the last few years, have I become more deliberate about seeking out opportunities to create street photography fine art compositions. In fact, much of my appreciation of the genre comes from following street photographers here on WordPress.

Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby
Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby

Even within the genre, there are many different approaches, techniques, styles and sub-genres. I seem to be gravitating towards “seeing” compositions where both urban architecture and people not necessarily single “subjects” of the composition, but instead are both elements within the broader cityscape composition.

4th and College Street Composition
4th and College Street Composition

Sometimes a composition develops quite quickly and I must be prepared to react. To catch these, I try to first find a ISO, aperture and shutter speed combo that best suits the existing light and environment. More often though, have to wait for the composition to develop or evolve. Have you been shooting during the golden hour and heard a voice in your head say “be patient, wait for the shot to development”? Then, hear the counterpoint perspective in your head, “if you say here much longer, you’re going to miss out on other shots”?

Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1
Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1

When traveling to Charlotte to work Uptown, I like to stay in a hotel that’s at least 5 or 6 blocks from my work location. That affords me the opportunity to shoot on my way to the office and afterwards on the way back to the hotel. Both usually involve a detour, or two. Compared to shots above, the last two compositions are similar in terms of the subject and point of view. However, different styling approaches introduce some uniqueness to the composition.

Arena Station Night Train 2
Arena Station Night Train 2
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian

Thank you for visiting today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Over the last year or so, I’ve developed a nice collection of street photos from Uptown Charlotte, click here to see my Uptown Charlotte Gallery. Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

C. S.

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