Lower East Side - Photography Tip

I took this photograph two days ago, when I was reshooting the Houston St shots three years apart.

After snapping that one, I turned toward my friend who was holding my pup, Pumpkin. I loved everything I saw - my friend's body language leaning over toward Pumpkin, her blonde hair and black clothing, the placement of her boots and the three straps sticking out, Pumpkin's expression and body language with her white heart on her chest, wondering what Pumpkin's looking at, the sidewalk, the wet gutter, its reflections, the manhole cover, the sidewalk to the left, the posts, the construction walls, the NYC construction sign...and "BILLS". 

That may be a long list but that's everything I notice when I'm taking a picture. It's the details in a photograph that draw the viewer in and create a story for them to relate with the image. 

I took this from across the street and neither of them knew I was taking this photograph. I was lucky to catch Pumpkin concerned with something across the other street so she wasn't looking at me. It would be a totally different photograph if she was looking at me - and in my humble opinion it would not be as interesting.


My computer is in the hospital for the umpteenth time so I'm working on a very old and sad Mac that stops charging when it feels like it and also doesn't want me to go into my external hard drive. I had a few things on a thumb which it will read and chose this photo for today. I was sure I've posted this before but I didn't find it in any of my 400+ posts.

It's a favorite of mine. I composed it in the camera...anticipated when he would be where I wanted him and snapped the photograph. No cropping in post. Hope you like it too.


A funny thing happened on the way to the Lobster photograph. I had actually picked this picture for yesterday's blog...you know, going with a photo taken on the same date in a previous year. I got all the way through writing the post and putting in the photograph, and was about to hit the Save and Publish button when I realized this photograph was taken on March 7, 2013 not April 7 (is a brain transplant out of the question?). I even went on to state that it was raining in LA and was also raining in NY on the same day two years ago. False.

So here's the raining photo I initially and mistakenly chose for for yesterday...deciding to post today (with a text edit). Another new way to pick blog posts.

I called it Lobster...obviously.


When I look at photographs I shot in the past, I always wonder where the people are today. What if they saw this picture? Would they remember this day? Where they were going? How have their lives changed in the past two years?

Do you wonder things like this when you look at photographs? Or am I just weird.

The Man - Photography Tip #5

I caught this man while I was walking across the street, camera at my side. No time to even think about shooting the picture. I saw his face. I loved everything about him. I raised my camera. He looked at me. And I clicked. The whole encounter probably lasted only a few seconds. One man. One shot. One done.

He has such a great face full of expression and a purposeful stride. If I had a chance to reshoot this photograph, I wouldn't change a thing. I love everything about it.


If anyone knows who this is, please let me know so I can credit him properly.

Photography tip: Don't overthink your shots. Practice shooting on the fly. See your shot, take your shot. This first one is usually the best one anyway.