I only went out shooting one night. Actually, this was early evening. I liked the look of the restaurant, and wanted to see if it would work with the Vespa in the foreground. Because I don't carry a tripod when street shooting, I get shots like this by holding the camera against a convenient structure, in this case a streetlight pole.
The streak was caused by a bus going through at just the right time. And... the food was excellent there too!
As today's post is being published I am returning home from my NYC trip. It was an excellent trip, and I'll have much to say and share in future posts. For now, let me just say that I believe nearly everyone can find a lot to like in NYC.
For those of us with a passion for street photography, opportunities abound. As usual, I did a lot of my shooting "from the neck strap," that is, by setting the focusing distance manually, and tripping the shutter when I believe I'm at the right distance and I'm happy with my subject.
You get some interesting angles and looks this way. I have my share of misses, and my share of hits. Like this one, a favorite. Stay tuned!
I have a special new friend who is a potter. We were talking about kilns, and I was telling her about my day at Gladding McBean way back when. I sent her this image with an email and she said "thanks for showing me the old warriors." I like that.
Gladding McBean is a ceramics factory in California. I published a series on my shoot there, two years ago in case you haven't been following the blog that long.
I made a new friend recently, while on a walk. And as we have done a few more walks together, she showed me some places that are new to me. Like this house. We have a funkiness here I can relate to, especially as a child of the 60's. As my friend Tony Sweet would say: "far out, man!"
Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm F/2.8, f/8, 1/250, iso 400
I submit this unconventional Thanksgiving image in the spirit of hope, adventure and fun. I have definitely been a lucky person in so many ways, and I'm thankful and grateful. I'm celebrating the holiday with great friends, and that's pretty nice.
On a personal note, this Thanksgiving I'm extremely thankful for two new things in my life.
First, my fall in Cuba. I didn't really talk about it here, but I had a fall and got hurt while in Cuba. After a few months, I could barely walk. This led me through a path where I eventually ended up in physical therapy. And from where I was, to the healthiest body I have had in probably two decades. Not only did I deal with my hip, the main problem from the fall, but a torn rotator cuff, as well as daily back pain I have had since I was 16 years old. To say it has been a personal miracle is not an overstatement.
And secondly, for the new friends I have made this year. You know who you are.