Black & White Street Photography, Color Street Photography, USA

Flickr Top Five

These are the top 5 photographs in my photostream based on Flickr’s “Interestingness” rating.

#5. 6,231 views 82 favorites

Denver Street Photography

#4. 3,127 views  67 favorites

Denver Street Photography

#3. 18,823 views 146 favorites

Penny

#2. 14,007 views 110 favorites

Denver Street Photography

#1. 12,679 views 155 favorites

Denver Street Photography

II think it’s fitting that my most interesting photo would be one of my daughter. I’ve been with her every single day for the entirety of her life. These are flickr’s top five, but not my personal top five, not even close. I have more than 11,000 images stored on flickr, and I’d guess that about 1,000 of them are public. If views were worth five bucks each and favorites a dollar I’d be doing okay for folding money.

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Black & White Street Photography, Color Street Photography, USA

To Serve and Protect

Denver

Denver

Denver

Denver

Denver Street Photography

Denver

Denver

Denver

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Urban Landscape

The Boat on the Roof

the boat on the roof

inside the sushi rolls by

on electric trains

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Photography, Urban Landscape

From the Kingdom of Plantea

the Helianthus

from the kingdom of plantea

Heliantheae tribe

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Photography, The Family Circle

Innoncence Intact

shadow in the drapes

growing children changing shape

innocence intact

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America, Color Street Photography, Photojournalism, Urban Landscape, USA

The Urban Landscape of Denver, Colorado

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DENVER,Colo.-March 29,2014-An old truck sits in a back alley in the River North Art District, also known as the RiNo neighborhood. The walls in these alleys pop with vibrant colors. The River North community is comprised of mostly creative businesses. Designers, architects, breweries, wineries, sculptors, photographers and painters choose this neighborhood as their place of business.

creative vandals
decorating city streets
anonymous art

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America, haiku, Life, Photography, Photojournalism, poetry, Society, Urban Landscape, USA

The Urban Landscape of Denver, Colorado

DENVER,Colo-September 7, 2014-Weeds grow on top of a high wall surrounding the pedestrian entrance to Sports Authority Field.

DENVER,Colo-September 7, 2014-Weeds grow on top of a high wall surrounding the pedestrian entrance to Sports Authority Field.

evidence of man
observing banality
beautiful boredom

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Color Street Photography, Photojournalism, Uncategorized

The Hope of the Universe

Halloween in Denver

DENVER,Colo-October 18, 2014-A Broncos fan walks down the 16th Street Mall, a soldier dances with his weapon and Goku from Dragon Ball Z can be seen walking behind him. It was all part of the festivities during the city’s 9th annual Zombie Crawl.

a dancing soldier
the hope of the universe
leader of the Z

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Life, Photography, The Family Circle

Battling Self Doubt

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I took a photojournalism class and it totally threw off my game. I had a flow going, a style of shooting that I liked, a simple post processing routine that I could apply effortlessly. All I had to do was concentrate on the subject matter. Frame the shot. Find the light. Shoot for the moment and not have to think about technical settings.

I’m not talking full on auto shooting either. I like to shoot in shutter priority and adjust my ISO ad shutter speed according to the situation. ISO is a term carried over from the days of film photography. It stands for the International Standards Organization, the really smart guys and gals who decide how to standardize sensitivity ratings for camera sensors. Fiddling with the ISO adjusts the camera’s sensitivity to light.

The subject matter that I currently shoot requires a fast shutter speed. I switch between having the camera to my eye and shooting from the hip. I turn the ISO up when I’m in dark areas like alleys or shadowy sides of the street. I adjust the shutter speed to either allow motion blur or completely freeze time. I can stop it up to 1/8000th of a second. I control light and I stop time. I am a God.

Then I get to Beginning Photojournalism and it’s just nothing but constraints. Don’t shoot in shutter priority, don’t use Lightroom, don’t use Silver Efex Pro. Don’t use any of the tools that help make your photos look awesome. Just do an unsharp mask and slightly tweak the levels. That’s all they allow me to do. I need more freedom than that.

I’m doing fine in the class, and I think my final project will be a good one, but for being a guy that loves photography more than anything, this class killed me. I did learn how to caption in AP Style though. I also got some great tips on how to get access behind the scenes. I’m ready to get serious. I have one huge, enormous, gigantic obstacle left to hurdle. Self doubt. Nervousness. Feeling inadequate. That’s my problem. I have the guts to get the shot in the heat of the moment, but I have a real hard time initiating contact. I don’t hide that I’m taking pictures, but I don’t make myself available to talk to anyone. It’s a mental block. I just freeze up.

This entire semester I worked really hard to force myself to talk to people. I talked at length to a homeless man who collects scrap to get by, I got an Anonymous protester to unmask himself to me and reveal his identity. I met a group of activists from the Occupy Denver movement and went to a few of their gatherings. I talked about green beans with a nice elderly lady who feeds the homeless every Friday night. I met a guy with a freshly beaten face who talked to me for at least 30 minutes. A guy with a red beard named Irish and his buddy Juan. The point is I talk to people, but I’m not getting deep enough. I just can’t seem to let go of that last little bit, and that hurts, because that could be the one thing that stops me from ever finding success in this endeavor. The one thing that makes me the guy who isn’t really a photographer. The guy who has to swallow his pride and admit he’s not good enough. Because the competition is fierce, and there are some really good photographers out there pushing the envelope and doing amazing things. I want to do that too. More than anything.

I want to teach my children that it’s okay to stumble and fall while you are chasing your goals. You don’t have to quit because you suck at first, or because it seems too hard. Keep trying. Don’t give up.

That’s just how I feel.

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