Here is another low lit photo that I took earlier tonight. I’ve wanted to take a photo like this for a while with just a sparkler as the main light source which I think kind of gives it a warm feeling. F 1.8 at 1/50 ISO 800
This was taken in an alley in Rehoboth. I really like how dramatic the lighting is in this photo and how the bricks kind of create some leading lines. I took a few other photos but I selected this one because of her shadow and how it leads right to the bottom of the image. F 4.0 at 1/30 ISO 1600.
I took this photo at one of the arcades at the Ocean City boardwalk. When I looked at the LCD screen, I forgot that my picture control was set to black and white, but I liked how it turned out. I enjoy ski-ball a lot and the patterns in the lanes and all of the lights and things on the wall. F 3.5 at 1/60 and ISO 1000
I had read a rather unflattering review of the exhibit in the Washington Post, Objects of Her Projection, and I wanted to check out the exhibit for myself.
Leibovitz has always been a rather controversial figure in photography. She began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone, traveling with rock bands and producing numerous covers and photojournalistic essays. Later, she joined Vanity Fair, where she became “a documentarian of the social landscape.”
Later Annie published “A Photographer’s Life 1990 – 2005.” This book is a compilation of both personal pictures and professional work. It includes portraits of well-known figures as well as pictures of Leibovitz’s family and friends. It forms a narrative of her life, and ends with the loss of both her partner and father and the birth of her three children.
For more on Annie, watch Life through the Lens.
While portraits have been her trademark, Pilgrimage brings something new. Annie traveled without an agenda to places she could explore, places that meant something to her. She visited the homes of famous people such as Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf. Annie found that she wanted to photograph objects, as well as rooms and landscapes. For Annie, the pilgrimage was an exercise in renewal. “It taught me to see again.”
I went into the exhibit, which is free of portraits, with open eyes. The first thing that hit me is that the images look much better in person than they do in the book. They were brighter with much more visible detail. There is the worn texture of Lincoln’s blood-stained gloves, which he wore on the night he was assassinated, the details of Emily Dickenson’s gown, the hues of Georgia O’Keefe pastels, and the abstract quality of Virginia Woolf’s marred writing desk. I was drawn to the expansive view of Niagara Falls, and the equally expansive panoramic montage of Marian Anderson’s concert gown.
Are these works among the best that Annie Leibovitz has done? Who knows? The evaluation of artwork is subjective. Is it worth looking at? Yes. Only an artist can see the textures and details that Annie’s eye saw when she visited these locations and captured the images.
My tip for you is not a Photoshop technique, it is a philosophical one. Get out and visit a gallery and view artwork with your own eyes. Form your own opinion. Have your own photographic pilgrimage. Experiment. Learn to see, and then learn to see again. Who knows where the journey will take you?
Anyone who is new and interested in street walking photography, this post is for you. Not always does street walking have to do with shooting photos of people, especially if it feels awkward to you. You can really do it anywhere, in a park, or even in your town. As long as the photos are interesting, and unusual or out of the norm.
For today’s photo I decided to show what can be done in Adobe Camera Raw to save blown out highlights. In this photo, as you can see, a good portion of it is way overexposed. The photo was done at ISO 400, 1/125 second, f/8.0. The overexposure is mainly due to the reflection of a very bright sunny day off the white wall. Exposing for the wall would have left no detail on the interior of the building, so shooting it like this, then correcting in post was the best option.
In Camera Raw, I underxposed the entire photo. Then when I opened Photoshop, I set the inside of the window back to normal exposure. Then I underexposed the very middle part again and added some saturation to the greens. This is the final result.
Most cameras may not be able to record as much of the blown out highlights as this one, but even a little bit of highlight recovery can save your photos.