I think I shared this photograph, from an alley in Pittsburgh, a while ago, but as a color image. I think it works well, perhaps better, in black and white.
No son of a sign painter, who also harbors a keen interest in typography, could pass this by.
The restaurant's in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Has a kitchen as good as the sign.
© Dale Keiger
The signal-to-noise ration for photographing birds in flight is at least 500 to 1. For every 500 images made, perhaps one is worth processing. On Thanksgiving weekend, the snow geese appeared at Chincoteague, Virginia for the first time in many years. This one was coming in for a landing.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18mm - 300mm at 300mm, 1/2500 at f/6.3, ISO 800. Click on image to view in lightbox.
ROCKLAND, MAINE, across the alley from the estimable 3 Crow restaurant.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18mm - 200mm at 200mm, f/8 at 1/200, ISO 100. Click on image to open in lightbox.
YOU SEE THE DAMNEDEST THINGS in Las Vegas. (In this case, the wall of a hotel. Somewhere Man Ray is stirring.)
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18mm - 200mm at 170mm, f/8 at 1/250, ISO 320. Click image to view in lightbox.
A TRIPLE SELFIE. Let's see you pull that off with an arm's-length iPhone. Shot in a window in Hudson, New York. Passersby must wonder at me sometimes.
DRIVE THROUGH MAINE on and after Memorial Day and you encounter a lot flags. I came out of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and across the street was a house with a flag door and an interesting combination of symmetries and asymmetries.
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU WANT is down an alley. I had turned off the main street in Rockland, Maine in search of a rumored public bathroom. Never did find the loo, but did find a picture.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm at 70mm, f/8 at 1/320, ISO 200. Click on image to view in lightbox.
I ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO DOORS and windows. This one presented itself in Pittsburgh. I suspect paint was sprayed through a stencil. The decorator was a bit too heavy on the spray nozzle, but the runs add to the image, don't you think?
Nikon D90, Nikkor 35mm, f/4 at 1/160, ISO 400. Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.0. Click the image to view in lightbox.
THE ENTRANCE TO PART of the Tokyo University of the Arts campus. Whatever was strung beside the wooden pillar sure looked like popcorn, but I can't imagine how they could have kept the squirrels off of popcorn, so I suspect something floral. At the time I made the shot, I was immediately distracted by something else, wandered off, and never came back to make a closer inspection. So for me it's the Popcorn Curtain until proven otherwise.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8, f/8 ad 1/125, ISO 200. Click on image to view in lightbox.
While I have you here, I have added some images too my online gallery/store, changed the price list, and done some general sprucing up. You can now buy a print, framed and matted, for less than $50. Please drop by and have a look around.
WINTER LANDSCAPES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY to be minimal and austere.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm at 200mm, f/10 at 1/640, ISO 200, processed with Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. Click on image to view in lightbox. (You really should with this one, because the image needs to be viewed out of the blog's white background.)
SUPERSIZED WINTER STORMS complicate my professional life and remind me that my back is no longer young and elastic. But once the roads have been plowed, the meteorological conditions do provide opportunity for a photographer. I had a hunch that if I could get out to the horse farms near my home, there were pictures to be made. Finding a place to pull over and leave the car was a challenge, but for this one I just stopped near an intersection on a little-traveled road, put on my emergency flashers, and stumbled through knee-high snow to get a proper vantage. I like the results.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm 5.6 at 200mm, f/10 at 1/640, ISO 200. Click on image to view in lightbox—this one really benefits from that.
I ENJOY THE ADVANTAGEOUS SITUATION of living near thoroughbred horse farms in Maryland. They have lovely fences that form aesthetically pleasing lines and curves and motion.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm f/5.6 at 18mm, f/11 at 1/100, ISO 200. Click image to view in lightbox.
IN THE LATE 1980s, I was part of a travel party in Switzerland that included a young Japanese photographer. Kao was friendly and we got on well, well enough that I felt I could ask her, without risking offense, about the Japanese avidity for taking pictures of each other in front of cultural or scenic landmarks: "When a Japanese family comes home from a trip, is the slide show one picture after another of Komiko-san posing in front of something?" Kao thought for a moment, grinned, and said yes, that was pretty much it.
In Japan last December, I found people on the street responded agreeably every time to my requests that they pose. This has become increasingly rare in the States, where more and more people react with suspicion to any request by a photographer. Here is a quartet street of portraits from Tokyo and Kyoto. Click on any image to view in lightbox.
WORKING FROM HOME TODAY due to clemency from a day in the office thanks to inclement weather. That is, a snow storm that so far has meant only steady snow, but later today has been forecast to deliver up to 10 inches of snow, potent winds, and wind chills of -10 or colder.
Four years ago, Baltimore was slammed by a pair of blizzards, the second hitting only a couple of days after the first. Between storms I made it into my editorial office for a few hours. On the drive home from that foray, the snow from the second blizzard was just beginning to fall when I pulled off the road to make this picture. That tree no longer lives; two years ago a fierce wind storm toppled it.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm at 22mm, f/10 at 1/250, ISO 200, frozen fingers working all the buttons without gloves. Click on image to view in lightbox.
WERE YOU TO VIEW MY ENTIRE IMAGE CATALOG, one thing you would not find is a plethora of pictures made at dawn. I am not a dawn guy. Or course the light is great. Of course there are few people about to interfere with your work. But I once saw a T shirt for sale in New York, white Helvetica lettering on black cotton: "Do I Look Like a Fucking People Person?" Substitute "morning" for "people," keep the "fucking," and you have a shirt made for me.
But now and then anomalous events transpire. So for all my friends in Baltimore, here, from 2009, is dawn at the Fells Point waterfront. Nikon D90, Nikkormat 18-200mm at 18mm, f/5 at 1/200, ISO 400. Click on the image to view in lightbox.
IN THE FAR EAST AND THE ANTIPODES, it is already Christmas morning. So to my friends there, here is a Merry Christmas image from my recent excursion to Tokyo. All the best.
BEFORE THE IPHONE MADE SELFIES COMMONPLACE, I shot a selfie without knowing it. All I'll say is that the photograph was made in New York and has not been composited in Photoshop. It is a single image with no post-processing except for minimal exposure adjustment and sharpening. Full marks to anyone who can figure out, or guess correctly, how I did it.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm AF at 18mm, 1/80 at f/3.5, ISO 200. Click on the image to view in lightbox.
WHEREVER I GO, I make a point of photographing any cat I encounter. Feline street photographer. The pictures usually aren't much, but taking them amuses me. Regarding this one, a 12-year-old visiting my office just pronounced it "cute," which is good enough for me. The critics have spoken.
Chincoteague Island a few years ago. Nikon D90, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, f/20 at 1/60 (beats me why I shot it at that—it's a mystery), ISO 200. Click on the image to view in lightbox.
WINTER WEATHER has paid a visit to large swaths of the country already. It appears that my neck of the woods will be spared, but the storm put me in mind of winter images in my back catalog. I shot this a few years ago between blizzards. The first storm had moved on, and as I was composing this photo the first snow from the second storm began to fall.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm at 150mm, f/11 at 1/500, ISO 200.
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