November 2017

Making the Most of a Gloomy Day

By |2017-11-29T20:52:57+00:00November 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It was a rainy day at the races last Sunday. I went anyway, intending to get some detail shots and maybe some indoor shots. The overcast sky did make for an evenly lit wide shot of the track, with no people in the foreground. I decided to take photos of some track employees. Here are [...]

Another Day at the Races

By |2017-11-23T00:32:16+00:00November 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went back to Golden Gate Fields for the fourth time on my project to capture the range of people who go to the horseraces on Dollar Days. My goal this week was to shoot environmental portraits that showed people and the track instead of posing individuals against a plain background. We again had great [...]

Layering in Street Portraits

By |2017-11-13T23:53:23+00:00November 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Advanced photographers talk about "layering" their street photography and street portraits, which means showing more of the environment and having visual elements at different distances in the scene. Like the "have a foreground, mid-ground, and background" advice for landscape photographers, the "aim for layering" advice for street shooters is about adding visual interest by showing [...]

Portraits at the Racetrack

By |2017-11-02T03:33:12+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

I proposed to Golden Gate Fields management that I take portraits of racegoers over a series of Sundays at the track. They agreed, and I've been twice now. I approach people, explain what I'm doing, and very rarely encounter a "no." To get some animation in the poses, I tell my subjects to first act [...]

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