January 9, 2010

This is another example of  photographing something that is, at best, common and ordinary. Surrounding us everyday, the street lamp is pretty dull.  I’ve looked up for years and thought, there has to be some way I can photograph one so that it’s interesting. The trick, of course, is the framing and the context. Here’s it’s as if the light has been placed to illuminate the tree to the left. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Outdoor museum lighting for tree’s.

What I really like about this photo is the painting like quality. Something I discovered years ago was that certain images could be executed in such a way to look like paintings. A touch of motion blur can really move things in that direction, though, like any “effect”, I try and blur only with intent. Also, I had thought about correcting for lamp color, but decided, in addition to a slight blur, the amber tones added to the composition. As always I’d love to hear what you think.

Street Light – Avenue 33 – Los Angeles
ISO 1250, 24-70 @24mm, f/4.0 @ 1/8 sec

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