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.
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.
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.
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”?
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.
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Named after the Charlotte born African-American artist, Romare Bearden Park opened in in Uptown Charlotte in August of 2013. The 5.4 acre public park is located between S Church St and S Mint St. Bearden worked in several types of media including oils, collages and cartoons across multiple styles from avant-garde, abstract expressionism, and social realism.
I approached the park at the end of my late late afternoon stroll through the northeast Uptown district, just as sunset was transitioning into twilight. This series was photographed with my Nikon D750 and Tamron 15-30mm lens, and mefoto tripod. Post processing included initial Lightroom tweaks followed by multiple Photoshop layering workflows using Aurora HDR and Alien Skin Exposure X3.
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Last week I traveled to Uptown Charlotte for a couple days of business meetings . After work, I found my way to the street and was rewarded with many composition opportunities. Here’s the first in series street photos featuring architectural abstracts.
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In late April, I met my oldest son Austin in Charlotte to attend a University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity event in Uptown (I’m also a Delta Sig, but from NC State). We rode the light rail from the University of the UNCC station to the Arena Station in Uptown. From there we walked through the Epicentre area to our destination on Trade and Tryon Streets. Of course, I was in the rear capturing these street photos along the way.
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The last in my street photography series from Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina is featured here. I had fun, and learned from the experience and great feedback provided by folks like you.
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Part four in this series continues a mix of architectural abstracts, street vignettes and general street photography compositions. Hope you and enjoy, and please share your feedback (positive and negative) on this series. Constructive criticism provides valuable insight to artists as to how the public perceives their art.
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