Yellow and blue

We have seasons in Ontario. Grey (now), then brown, then white, then grey, then brown, followed by green, and then grey again. White, unfortunately, with brown , is the longest.


But in between, you get some nice pictures.


I always look for contrast: brightness and colour. This was this morning, outside in a car park.

Taken with the 7D with the 35mm f/1.4L prime lens. My general walkabout lens.



Today’s post is a picture of the day. Recent, in Toronto. 24mm on a 1Ds MkIII full frame camera. 1/60, f/5.6, 400 ISO.

In photos, it is important to think about foreground and background, and the interaction between them and between them and the viewer. Normally, background people should not look into the camera. But I think it worked for me here!

I'm a sharp freak.

Here I stand before you: I cannot deny it. I like sharp. Really sharp.

So when I go do some street shots, such as this portrait I shot outdoors after I shot a bookstore yesterday, I am delighted when the 7D, equipped with the 35mm f/1.4 lens, gives me this (and you should click and then view it at original size: don’t let your PC or Mac downsize it):


(1/125th sec, f/4.5, 200 ISO)

That’s what a good camera and a good lens does. And shooting that street stuff yesterday, I was impressed with how sharp the focus is in most of my images – the focus system really is better tan that on my 1Ds3/1D3. Here’s another example:


Nice car.


My inspiration comes from photographers like Annie Leibovitz; and like Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of Patti Smith; and now like the recently discovered Chicago street photographer Vivian Mayer – look at this web site now. Incredibly inspiring street photography, from the 1950s to the 1970s. It’s great.. and it’s also depressing in some ways. That photography is so real you are there. And I would hate to be warped to the 1950s, having to go through half a century of turmoil all over again.

Bummer summer

The summer that never was.

The yellow against the blue a few weeks back, late in the afternoon, caught my attention: yellow vs blue is a catching colour contrast. Wide angle lens (16mm) from the car, with exposure set to emphasise the sky.


And when I say that, I mean I have underexposed a bit compared to the way the camera would normally expose this scene. Can you see how beautifully that brings out the colours in this great late afternoon light?