Street Photography: More Shapes and Shadows

This photograph was taken at the same location and time as those I described in a previous post. Before, I was on 51st Street looking toward the Avenue of the Americas. Now I’m looking down along 51st. Just turning around results in a completely different image and, yet, its composition still maintains the same theme.Continue reading “Street Photography: More Shapes and Shadows”

Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows

© 2019 Xiomaro.com These shapes are certainly not soft and languorous as in yesterday’s photograph in the Japanese stroll garden. But, to me, their angularity, hard edges, and high contrast convey what I feel when I am walking in New York City. That pure white triangular shape juts forward like a weapon with an impliedContinue reading “Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows”

One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes

© 2019 Xiomaro.com For these one-shot images, I was drawn more to the shapes within a scene than the subject itself though, of course, they are inextricably intertwined. Under some circumstances, as I will show in a future post, light is the added ingredient that can showcase forms to the point of abstraction especially whenContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes”

One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera

© 2019 Xiomaro.com These days I usually photograph with a small camera having dedicated knobs – rather than software menus – for aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and aspect ratio. But the lens could not focus close enough to the moth resting on the translucent paper that covers the sliding lattice doors of a tea house.Continue reading “One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera”

One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In my last blog post I explored reasons for limiting oneself to taking only one shot. Although I was satisfied with the first shot of the rain chain, I went on to take a few additional photographs that did not measure up as well to the first. Although I did not adhereContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt”

One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In the days of film, it might have been appropriate to alter the sound of the shutter to the ka-ching of a cash register. Intentionality was required as the film and its development cost money. And you were limited to 24 or 36 shots after which the film had to be unloadedContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain”

Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think

© 2019 Xiomaro.com I recently photographed the British ska-punk band The Specials, which is one of my all-time favorites. With the experience still fresh in my mind, I’ve been casually listening to some of their songs again. One that I have not heard in a long time is a cover of a song popularized byContinue reading “Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think”

Street Photography: Perspective

© 2019 Xiomaro.com Sometimes things don’t appear as they are. These two musicians were part of a band of Brooklyn hipsters playing ditties from the 1920s. They played very well and I took several photographs of them in action. Now as a musician myself, I can attest that we tend to like loud volumes. TheContinue reading “Street Photography: Perspective”

Street Photography: Caught Looking

© 2019 Xiomaro.com I have a small camera and I’m pretty stealthy in getting my shots. But sooner or later, everyone gets caught. It was not until after I viewed the photograph in my studio that I realized he was looking straight at me. And, thinking back at the occasion, I know why. I wasContinue reading “Street Photography: Caught Looking”

Throwback: Father’s Day

© 2019 Xiomaro.com This Polaroid was taken a long time ago before I was a father — taken by my own dad actually. It was in the small basement of our small house in Queens, New York, where I spent most of my non high school time playing my instruments, writing music, and recording. MyContinue reading “Throwback: Father’s Day”