I took a trip downtown a few nights ago and walked around with my camera until my fingers went numb. I realized it's been months since I shared anything on this site, and that I should be more active in posting about my creative efforts. So, I've updated my theme, and below I have a few photos I especially liked, and I'll write a bit about what I was thinking as I took the photo/approached it.
This photograph was taken through the window of a Starbucks. I'm generally hesitant to photograph people, but as I was peering through windows I couldn't resist -- there's something so intimate about looking in seeing another person's world.
I was drawn to the similar poses of the subjects in the foreground and background, the stabling presence of the table, and the reflections of lights from the street to snap this one.
When I walk by it, this sandwich shop, located in what was once Ann Arbor's red-light district, never seems busy. This time it was closed, and empty. The white lighting inside the Coca-Cola fridge makes a nice contrast with the warm lighting emanating from the back of the shop.
It turned out less sharp than I would want, but I was crossing the street, so had to be fast! I just had to get a shot of the lights, the colorful sunset, the cars in motion. Everything is in motion.
There's a lovely tradition of artists painting on windows during this time of year in town. With a wide aperture, you can get the art, and the rest fades into bokeh. It has a beautiful effect in the evening.
Here's another example where I was really taken with the light. The table lamp's light reaches across the painting to its left but not much farther. It reminds me of a fire trying to stay lit. This moment reminded me of an old polaroid. So I shot it.