24 August 2015
Let me know what you think about my capture of a nighttime scene in New York City. Click onto image to enlarge.
To combine night photography and street photography is an area that I long to cultivate. During my recent trip to New York City, I had the opportunity to explore this desire.
Truly, it’s appeal is often shaken by the difficulty of success. Truly, it’s appeal sets the stage for anxiety and enthusiasm. This photographic challenge is made even more arduous with a Smartphone, even the sophisticated iPhone 6, which are habitually problematic in low light.
Manhattan is an ideal place to exercise this wish. City nights are flooded with light and shadows of all sorts, and spiced with architectural forms and shapes. Contrasts of blacks and whites are apparent and hidden.
The forces of movement are everywhere, stirring chance and opportunity. Light shifts and streams through various levels of heights and widths.
Some areas are so well-lit that it blows the chance for a shot. In other areas low light becomes dangerously prevalent and takes over the framing. Nevertheless, suddenly balance can confront or emerge around the corner.
There are few photographs from my archive that satisfy my idea of what a nocturnal frame should hold. In the Lens section is the only one from the NYC trip that met most of my criteria. While composition, subject, controlling the light, and the unusual splendor of the night show promise, it’s really about the immediate effect. Happenstance won me over as we ordered an ice cream treat, and I had an apt photo opportunity.
Tip of the Week: Several experiences have coerced me to consider adding another category to the Challenger’s Choice. And it definitely seems time to add a perk to the challenge. Over the last few months I’ve berated myself for not using the panorama feature on the native camera of my iPhone 6. There are many times that a scene warrants a taller or wider version of the subjects before me. So I began to ask myself: What’s keeping you? Mostly, it’s that I hardly ever use the native camera. I automatically go to Camera+, an app that has stellar qualities. And so it was on a walk this week that the morning sky was covered in fast-moving moody to sinister grey formations. Those clouds were so strongly inviting that I had to kick myself for not having my iPhone (hardly ever happens). Still, I took the occasion to relish the range of emotion that I felt scouring the drama swiftly going northward in rapid motion. But I also was captivated by the palette of whites to deep grey that carried rain clouds above me. It easily was a perfect setting for a panorama–a swath of horizontal clouds that seemed to be cantering above the horizon. They also were extremely low across the skyline. That sealed the thought that panorama is a genre to investigate. Starting today, please add it to the Challenger’s Choice. I hope to see some of your work in this category soon. Visit this website for “5 Tips for Taking Panorama Photos with Your Smartphone:” click here.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.