Looking south on I-91, just north of Downtown Hartford, CT. Even at 11 pm, there is still plenty of traffic coming to and from the city. This is part of my daily commute, into the city, then out again to my home, in the country. 🙂
Mystic, CT, that is! Today was a nice, clear, not-so-cold day, so I went with a friend to Mystic, CT with our cameras and did some street photography, in addition to some ‘regular’ photography.
SeeingSpotsPhoto is co-hosting another Collab Photography Challenge with WheretoWillie on street photography. This first image is my first attempt, and maybe one of my submissions. You should check out the links above and join in the fun!
Not in traffic, but with traffic. And my camera 🙂
Class started today so it was dark by the time I got around to shooting, and since I was in Manchester, CT, I thought I could try shooting a busy intersection and shooting the light trails from tail/head lights. After a couple frames I changed things up. I’ve been a big fan of bokah since I first learned about it, so I flipped my lens to manual focus, and put the camera deliberately out of focus to get these shots:
43 mm, 2.5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Unfocused Drivers)
55 mm, 2.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Focus on the lights)
So yesterday’s post wasn’t a work of art, that’s for sure. What you saw was my reward for 4hr, 8min of grueling Tough Mudder! It was probably the most awesome thing I’ve ever done, and a TON of fun! I am defiantly going to do it again next year!! When I posted that photo, I was at some small pizza joint with my team, reliving the glory of the day and refueling our bodies for the drive home. If you are interested in a physical challenge, I HIGHLY recommend you go to www.toughmudder.com and finding the nearest event, signing up, and training for it!
On my way home from spending the day with my teammates at a post TM hang out, I noticed all the other people headed home after their weekend’s actives. I got me thinking, I wonder what they all did this weekend? Did they have to work? Did they get to spend it with friends/family? Was it a terrible weekend? We all probably had different weekends, but we all had one thing in common: we were all going home. Home to rest, relax, prepare for the up-coming work-week.
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Going Home)
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Tail Lights)
55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Coming Home)
Here are some more photos I took yesterday, but didn’t get a chance to look at/process/post. If you missed my fireworks photos from yesterday, you should check them out! If you’ve never shot fireworks and want a quick tutorial, I can post one, or you can google one of the dozens that are out there, just let me know 🙂
60 mm, 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Lunch Time)
18 mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Street Fair)
60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Stacked Cups)
60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Stacked Cups)
60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Colorful Dresses)
60 mm, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Tie-died)
Long day today, but on my way home I passed under one of the highways and thought the pattern of the support pillars as I drove under the underpass. So I turned around, set up the tripod up to the white line, and tried a couple shots. I thought that in black and white the pattern would stand out since there wasn’t really any color (esp. at dusk). It also seems to reflect the deserted, dark feel it has as I drove through it.
Tonight I went on a photo shoot in down-town New London, CT, for a photo calling put on by Artbycamila The challenge is “Red” & “Loneliness”. I came up with an idea for the image and my friend agreed to model for me.
My plan was to have her crouched near a building, and using a long exposure, have people walking past her, showing blurred people w/ her being sharp and in focus. I wasn’t able to get the image I was after. There were not a lot of people out, like I had hoped, but I did ask a couple of guys to walk in front of the lens a couple times, but as you can see, they don’t show up in the image. I’m not sure If I need more people, or just to have them walk real slow, or do it in daylight. This is my first attempt at doing this kind of shot, and I guess I need to experiment some more 🙂 However, I am pleased with the finished image, but not sure if it will be my final submission.
Tonight I was down in New London for the first session of Work and Learn, where I will be teaching a class on personal finance in a couple months. Work and Learn‘s mission is to, “… help unemployed and underemployed adults develop their mind, body, social skills, and spirit[i] to be able to contribute to their families and community.”
It was raining all day and night so I took the opportunity before I left for home to shoot Bank Street (during a brief break in the rain). On the weekend, this street is packed with people visiting the reasutraunts and bars, but on a rainy Tuesday, there were few people out.
Part of my reason for wanting to shoot here was to scout it for a photo challenge hosted by artbycamila. Keep a look out for that post coming up 🙂
Tonight, like most Monday’s, I don’t get a chance to shoot until after 9pm. And most Monday nights, tonight included, I didn’t really plan the shot out ahead. So I took a random road I’ve never driven when I saw it crossed a lake on the Garmin. I found one of the town reservoirs and shot from near the road. The road was mostly deserted; I think only about 5 cars passed in the 30+ min I was out there.
The moon was trying to peak through the clouds, giving just enough light to see by once my eyes adjusted; it was quiet, and peaceful. A relaxing experience just looking out on the lake while my camera did the same 🙂
This last shot has the exposure boosted way up in post, but it was taken after 10 pm, like the other two.
For a while I’ve wanted to find a high location and shoot down-town Norwich, CT at night. Downtown is situated near the Thames River at a relatively low elevation compared to the surrounding area, so I thought I might find some high ground with a clear view. As I’ve driven through it the past few times I’ve tried to pay more attention to what is around me as far as possible shooting locations. This will need some actual dedicated planning and scouting, as all I’ve seen in my limited routes is a parking garage. So tonight I tried it. Since it’s winter and not the weekend, the area wasn’t exactly bustling with crowds, so from my vantage point it wasn’t real exciting. But since it was after 9pm I parked and took a few shots.
As I was leaving work this evening, an hour later than normal, I glanced up from the road and saw a beautiful sky! I drove a little out of my way to get away from the business park and found an open field where I could pull over, set up the tripod, and capture the sky. Then I turned around and pointed at the traffic circle (round-about, for those from other parts of the country/world). The surrounding towns put these in, most of which don’t have any other roads off of them, to keep the semi-trucks from taking a short cut through residential areas. I’m not sure how well they work, ’cause I’ve seen tracks go over the top of them, or cutting the corners. Problem not solved, and everyone has to deal w/ driving around these. Gotta love government solutions (stepping down from my soap box, now).