Along the Market Frankford line in Philadelphia, there is a low bridge that crosses the subway tracks at what used to be the Market East station. There are layers of steel covered in rivets and the center portion is lined with mirrors and polished aluminum. Fluorescent lights flicker as trains roll past under the walkway. It always reminded me of a scene from Darkcity.
Starting in 2010, I had a daily 365 Street Photography blog. I would shoot daily and post the best shot that night. When making images, it helps to come back after letting some time pass and seeing them with fresh eyes. Fortunately, I’m a digital hoarder and never delete anything. After reorganizing and optimizing my lightroom catalog, I’ve come across the raw images that were made between 2010 & 2014. SInce I don’t have the time to get out and shoot like I did back then, I’m hoping to scratch the photography itch by editing some of these shots and posting them for the first time.
People from Philadelphia say they are going, “Down the Shore”, when they talk about going to the beach on vacation. I’ve never understood why they phrase it this way, growing up, we always said we were “going to the beach”.
I went “Down the Shore” a few months ago and brought my new ND Filter, the Big Stopper, with me. It is a 10 stop filter which acts like sunglasses for your camera. Seems kind of silly, but it allows the camera to act as if it is not getting enough light to produce a photograph. This allows the shutter to stay open longer which creates a blurring effect.
Here are a few more shots without the filter, but slightly underexposed to bring out the color saturation. A lone fishermen stands in low tide baiting his hook.
A storm rolled through late in the afternoon leaving some very dramatic looking clouds that were somehow lit from above and below.
Went fishing at Core Creek Park a few weeks ago and brought along the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. Since I mostly shoot Canon these days, I never really had the desire to pick up a Tamron. I ended up with it on a whim a while back when I was looking to get a used Canon 35mm F2.0. The shop didn’t have any (even new ones) on hand, but had this used at a decent price, so I took a chance.
I have been using it on and off the last couple of months and have been quite impressed. Not sure if it’s because it’s used or because even new it wouldn’t set you back as much as an L lens. But I’ve been grabbing this more and with a carefree attitude. The bigger more expensive lenses have stayed home in situations where things could get destroyed; like throwing it in the fishing pack at the last minute.
Not that you couldn’t get these shots with other lenses, because you could, but both of these shots were handheld, in fading light, while lugging fishing gear instead of camera gear. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be pissed if I dropped the lens and the camera in the 2 feet of mud I was slogging through, but not as pissed as I would with lenses two or three times as much.
First shot was at 1/40 @f4.0 - second shot 1/15 @f8.0
Granted I didn’t need to shoot at these settings, I was just playing with the lens to see what would come out. Sometimes it’s quite liberating to just play with photography like we did when we first started and everything was an experiment.
Currently editing some more night shots with this lens handheld on the Boardwalk in NJ. These shots are a result of playing around with the shots above. Should be up later this week.
Grand Finale is a composite of four photographs shot in Southampton, PA on the 4th of July 2018.
Creating a shot like this is very easy if you have an image with a solid black background. You don’t need this condition to do it, it just makes it a lot easier. The four images were layered together in Photoshop. Each of the top three layers has its blending mode set to Linear Dodge (add). This blending removes the black from the layer and leaves the color. Then, simply position the layers to finish the composition. Adding all three layers directly on top of each other will cause a hotspot / blown highlight in that area, so try to minimize the overlapping to avoid this. If the individual shots were composed with black space all around them, you can rotate and even scale the layers to create a more believable effect. My shots filled the frame and therefore could only be moved left or right.
To see the individual shots, check out the previous post.