Over the Shoulder Shot
One thing I've noticed about myself, is that I do my best work by returning over and over to the same spot. This shot was taken from some stairs near the basketball court. I've always liked this angle, and have done a lot of shots over the last few years from this exact spot. Some of the areas on 105th street, and the shots in front of the Metropolitan Museum - although it might seem tedious to keep returning to the same place - it isn't for me. The city is always different. The background is like a set for a play that I haven't seen yet.
In the days when I actually would travel to some semi-foreign location, I would have a lot of trouble getting anything worthwhile unless I could stay in one spot for a week or two. I don't think there is anything magical about the particular location I'm in - I think if you transplanted me to another location I would find some areas that interested me and stake them out. I remember spending three days in Yosemite. Came back with nothing. Absolutely amazing because there I was - in front of all the Adams icons - and couldn't figure out anything to do with them.
Some of the better shots I got of Paris were when I was there, in one hotel (a real dive) for two weeks. I found a couple of locations that I liked and just kept returning to them over and over. If I travel with someone who is not a photographer - then fergetaboutit. I will simply drive them crazy. They want to see everything, and I end up sitting in a park for hours watching the passersby and looking at the light. Eventually, whoever I'm with goes off on their own, usually pissed off. (I lose more travelling companions this way).
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RAW vs JPG
After talking with Heath yesterday - I did a bunch of shots today in RAW mode. No doubt, you have a lot more post-processing control, but the camera is just too slow for me in that mode. Period. If I'm doing more contemplative shooting, then I will definitely shoot RAW. But for quick stuff on the street - can't do it. Heath does beautiful work in Alaska and has been very helpful to me with this whole digital thing: HeathSandall.com