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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :
Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................
Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)
When I first posted photos on Trekearth most of the members were from Europe and with their long holidays were heading east to India, Thailand, Japan. I finally gave up and I live just north of San Francisco in a beautiful area. But the glories of Europe and the exotic settings of Southeast Asia offered such delights there wasn't much I could post that measured up.
I've mentioned this before but they did a "treasure hunt" that included a photo of something over a hundred years old. I decided I shouldn't cop out by taking a photo of one of the large redwood trees in Muir Woods that is about ten miles from my home. Instead I went into San Francisco and found what is perhaps the only building over a hundred years old, Mission Dolores. I complained at the time that all the folks from Europe needed to do was turn around and shoot. That said, the competitor in me got me to complete the treasure hunt in first place.
The other big disadvantage we have in this country that our holidays are so short. I tease Rinie over the fact she gets 56 days off every year and also can buy more if she wishes. I think she had over 70 days off last year. She spent nearly three weeks with me that included two weeks in Turkey but before that she took a three week bicycle trip from Rotterdam to Rome. She also had a couple of shorter excursions. If Americans get three weeks off they're fortunate.
So we make the best of what is available to us, occasionally taking excursions to more interesting places, as you did when you took your recent trip south. Doubtless, the key is traveling but that requires both time and money which can be in short supply...
Ok we have nice old stuff in Europe. But my kind of photography is "life" and one can shoot street scenes everywhere in the world. One of the very best photographer I've ever seen is an american from Boston : http://www.stevemarkphoto.com/
This guy is an artist : I would be very happy with just 10% of his talent (and 2 weeks of vacation in Boston....)
Looking at the photo of the guy I have to smile. With muscles like that he's like the 500 pound gorilla who sits anywhere he wants... Doing the kind of shooting he does, it likely helps that he is a physically imposing presence. And yes, his work is excellent. If I were to characterize the difference between your work and his I'd say first that he's found a distinctive black and white palette that he applies to all his work. I can't help but wonder whether your increasing use of black and white is as much influenced by Steve as by Monty's work. You continue to use both color and black and white in your work. Secondly, he is very focusing at the margins of society while you tend to work in more elegant settings. I image you can find gritty neighborhoods though you may feel as uncomfortable shooting in such settings as I would. Wearing a tank top with heavily muscled arms and a baseball cap turned backward probably works better than any other "uniform."
My intention when Nikki arrives is to spend a few days in San Francisco and do some street photography. I enjoy doing that kind of work, and did a fair amount of it when shooting with my Canon gear. The challenge is there are few venues in sleepy Marin where one can do such work without being confronted by some unhappy people. One needs crowded streets with people on the go. And you do that kind of work very well Philippe.