The Road to Enlightenment found on a Philadelphia Street Corner.
January 30, 2013 • 5 Comments
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.
Keywords: Bruce Wayne Photography, Center City, Fine Art Photography, Long Exposure Photography, Philadelphia, PA
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!
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