The Road to Enlightenment found on a Philadelphia Street Corner.

January 30, 2013  •  5 Comments

X Well this is my first photo-blog post of the year and I decided to start with this shot.  I had been back and fourth to this spot in the city a few times during the year only to be disappointed in the results I got.  Either I got to the location to late and the clouds were gone or it wasn't enough light present for the shoot.  But on this day I got more than I bargained for.  Here's the story behind it...

In hopes of getting the right light and cloud movement in this photo I rushed from my apartment to the location of this scene.  With the light fading fast and the clouds becoming less and less, I set up my tripod and attached my camera and started shooting away.  Like any American city, if you are standing still in one place for long enough (and with a camera) someone is bound to start talking to you.  As I was snapping away, and trying to get the timing right for each shot, a homeless man approached me and started asking me questions about what I was taking pictures of.  I explained to him I was taking long exposures of the sky and buildings to produce a special effect.  I thought nothing of him and processed to shoot away, until he says to me, “The Sky?  What’s that like 5000 ft (1524 m)?”  I thought it was odd that he would shoot out a number like that, but I paid it no mind.

He then got a closer look at my camera and began to comment on the brand that I was using.  “Canon, Canon???  Are you serious?  If I’m shooting pictures of the wife and kids and just playing around I’d use a Canon.  But if you want to shoot professional stuff I’d use a Nikon.  Canon, Canon is not for professional photographers?!” I could help but laugh to myself.  Here I am thinking this guy was going to ask me for spare change, when all he wanted to do was educate me on camera equipment, LOL. 

 

Have a great rest of the day everyone.


Comments

5.Jeff(non-registered)
I am dying to know how you process these like this. Can you please teach me.
4.Bruce Wayne Photography
Thanks Tony! I wouldn't be surprised if he was. That is part of the gift and curse of shooting long exposure photography in the city. If you are standing in one place long enough someone is bound to come and talk to you, ;-)
3.Tony DeSantis(non-registered)
Bruce,
Funny story and great shot. I am surprised that the homeless guy didn't end up being uncover cop wanting to know what you were doing.
But I am liking the long exposure and the post processing to get the light on each individual building I am sure that took some time.
Well done sir!
2.Bruce Wayne Photography
Thanks Alberto!
1.Alberto(non-registered)
nice photo and story :)
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