During one of my wanderings on the vast wasteland of the Internet, I discovered two great street photographers, Thomas Leuthard and Eric Kim, who have both published free e-books on the subject. My favorite Thomas Leuthard e-book is Going Candid . . . An Unorthodox Approach to Street Photography. Generally there is no “orthodoxy” in street photography, so his title is on solid ground. It covers significant and diverse topics, such as composition, ethics, and promotion of your work. You can download this e-book and others from Thomas Leuthard’s web site http://thomas.leuthard.photography/.
Eric Kim also has several free e-book titles as well and I have read Street Photography 101 and Street Photography 102. While Leuthard and Kim share many opinions concerning street photography, Kim takes a slightly more philosophical approach in his e-books. 101 discusses the motivation and equipment for street photography. 102 covers composition is some detail with emphasis on interacting with human subjects. Eric Kim has been a prolific writer and some of his works are for sale on Amazon. For free e-books and information on his Amazon publications for sale see his web site http://erickimphotography.com.
Took a cloudy day trip to Chinatown. I’ve lived in the Boston area for 30 years and never took the time to walk around there before. It is an oddly Chinese enclave in the heart of Boston. I happened to pass Mary Soo Hoo park where I saw people playing Chinese Chess or xianqi.
This image looks kind of like an epic Viking battle. Both boats were trying to pass under the BU Bridge on the Charles River with very heavy tailwinds. The one on the left made some bad decisions and needed to avoid a bridge piling. In the process they almost nailed the boat on the right. The high wind conditions limited their options. Pretty exciting.
Lately I converted to Gallery by Supsystic for image galleries on this WordPress site. It has a nice built-in light box feature for viewing individual images. When a user clicks on a gallery image, it is displayed in a light box that pops up in the foreground. User controls allow paging forward and backward through images as well as closing the light box to return to the gallery. Another advantage is that the pages display seamlessly on handhelds such as iPhone and iPad and look great. The plugin has lots of options that I have not begun to explore.
The tool that I have most often used for image editing is Photoshop CC. I’m using Lightroom CC a lot more since viewing this on YouTube. It is a great video that I found via a Flickr post. http://youtu.be/aG3Zc5gWSSg