I cropped them square and cloned-in the rounded corners, where necessary.
I wanted to see if these portraits would work without the novelty of the rounded-corner TtV frame.
Interesting results. I think they work.
If I had to pick a favorite type or style of photography, I’d hafta go with portraits.
All good as long as people are involved!
The car shows have been kinda key in my portrait taking and learning process. I like shooting cars, but there are so many cool and unique people waking around that it really is easy to find folks who’ll let me get a shot.
My familiarity with downtown San Jose is a result of working at The Tech Museum of Innovation from 2000-2006.
I did web marketing and design for the museum and it was the coolest job I had in my 43 years of working.
The museum was just off Plaza de César Chávez, kitty-corner from the San Jose Museum of Art. The Tech staff was housed in a building around the corner on West San Carlos, and I had a decent sized work-space near the entrance, big enough to park my old Schwinn Collegiate in my office.
Whenever the weather was decent, I’d jump on my bike at lunch and ride around downtown with cameras, my Domke F6 fitting perfectly in the basket hanging from the handlebars.
Lots to see and shoot, with San Jose State, City Hall, The Children’s Museum, Japan Town, and older parts of town well within reach on bicycle at lunch hour.
Jump ahead to 2007, after a short stint as webmaster for San Jose State I landed at Santa Clara University, where I did web marketing until I retired in 2015.
The lure of the city was strong and I would still head downtown on occasion, just to find interesting and unusual subjects for photography.
These six shots were taken around the plaza late December 2008 using my old Pentax K10D and a Sigma 28-135 ƒ/4 zoom/macro lens.
A great little book by Lukas Birk & Photographers around the world.
I spotted this book on IG’s explore. Awesome. Had to have it.
The book shipped from France. Roughly 60 or so contemporary photographers who shoot mostly portraits with the Afghan Box Camera. It’s filled with short bios of each accompanied by a handful of their pictures.
At roughly 5.5″ x 7.5″ and 1.5″ thick, the covers are made from wood and the binding is a little sensitive. I’ve already separated a few pages from the spine.
The pages are all black with white text, which makes it a bit difficult – for me personally – to read. The black works well as a background for the images, though.
Content-wise, it’s amazing. Page-after-page of breathtaking black and white portraits. 335 pages in all.
A very nice addition to the Morris family library.