Monday, March 28, 2005

"Tempe By Air," Arizona, January 2005

"Christmas in the Citi[Corp]," New York City, December 2004

For the "Tiny" assignment, I couldn't go with just one. What? It's not the first time. Unsure of what I'd use, I first thought of the model train shots I took in December. Then I came across the aerial shots from the Arizona trip and liked those too. I love taking pictures from airplanes. I insist on getting a window seat whenever I can, and I always stow my camera under the seat in front of me, rather than in the overhead compartment. This is why. Had the camera been above my head, I couldn't have reached it to shoot the pictures as we were taking off.

On another note, has a great spring training feature, a photo series taken by Oakland A's pitcher Barry Zito.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

"Forty Channels," Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, November 2004

I've been busy lately, so I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, and I haven't kept up with the Photo Friday challenges. But after looking at just a few of the shots so far, I think "Glow" will be one of my favorites.

I love the possibilities -- the play of sunlight on winter fields, neon signs on empty streets, light refracted through droplets of water. For my own, I went with the glow of television, partly because I like the ethereal light emanating from behind the partition at the other end of the room.

There's so much more I feel I could do with this theme. Once some of this preseason baseball stuff dies down, perhaps I can get to it.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

"Jeter! Jeter!" Houston, Texas, July 2004

There were many who expressed "obsession" with pictures of coffee or chocolate, while a lot of people shot something they're obsessed with shooting — signs, the moon, etc. And at least one of a bottle of Calvin Klein's Obsession.

This shot serves both purposes for me. The image depicts the obsession of the fans; it also represents my personal obsession with baseball. The game is the reason I started shooting. At one time I wanted to be a sports photographer. I realized the other night that I'm much better off doing it for a hobby. I enjoy it more that way, I'm sure.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

"Former ALCOA Factory," Edgewater, New Jersey, March 2005

There are three overriding categories of photographs that people seem to consider ghostly: blurry people in motion, long exposures in which a subject (or the photographer) moves into the shot and pauses before moving away, and cemeteries. There were also at least three images of jellyfish in the first 400 listed that I looked through as I endured a slow day at work yesterday.

While I was flipping through them, one-by-one, using the link viewer, iTunes shuffling in my ears, this page came up just as "Clocks" by Coldplay began and I felt the song — particularly the intro — fit the image perfectly.

So when I got home -- at 2 a.m. -- I set up the tripod on the balcony and shot a few 4-second exposures of the abandoned ALCOA factory adjacent to the cemetery next door. It's the factory moreso than the tombstones that I wanted to capture.