Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Street Art #16: Washington, DC

somewhere in Washington, DC.
I made several attempts
trying to get a sharp image,
but my rudimentary
hampers me somewhat.
Flash completely ruined it
because of the light stone building
and the wet sidewalk in the foreground;
plus the effects of the uplighting on the sculpture
were utterly destroyed.
So I did the best I could to hold still
without a tripod
and use available light
to capture the image.
All things considered,
this one is OK, eh?

Taken 16 November 2010.


  1. Looked great to me until I blew it up, then I saw what you were talking about. Blowing it up you can see the streaming light effects of tail lights or some sort of lighting.

  2. Right-o. The zoom factor fuzzes it up. Did you notice what appears to be an angel ascending out of the frame in the upper left corner...?

  3. I see the angel! In the small version, I like it. You show the size of the sculpture in the context of the building and I can see clearly that the sculpture is on the lawn. The streets have a coblestone effect. Which is pretty cool, and the shine is nice. The man walking is also a very nice touch. You do have some motion blur with the tail-lights and camera shake. Don't laugh but actually this can be a good thing : ) In one of my lessons from NYIP we were challenged to shoot a photo with motion blur... I shot my husband riding a stationery bike, He was in focus and his feet moving. Great concept, but it made him look so bad I nearly had to sleep on the couch. Knees flaying all over, stomach over a yardstick wide. The lesson is, motion blur=good! Learning to control=practice practice practice! For a shot like this with no tripod, you can use a gorillapod resting against your chest, or a monopod. Your legs are 2 of the tripod legs and the monopod is in front like the 3rd tripod leg (they are really light and easy to carry). Excellent composition and lighting though- so don't give up! I really like the colors too- blue is orange's complimentary color. I would use a wide aperture like 2.8, and hopefully a higher shutter speed, with maybe 400-800+ ISO. But in all honesty sometimes it takes a few retakes for me to get something like this right.

  4. I walked away and realized you may not even have the settings I described... doh! If you are using an automatic camera see if there's a setting for the shutter speed in the manual- and the camera will take care of the rest of the settings. For hand held shots, you'd want it over 1/60 of a second, 1/100 is usually very safe. There may be a sports setting that will do this for you too.

  5. Wow, thank you for all the terrific ideas and advice, Karen. You're right, I'm just using a plain ol' OTC auto-snapper for dummies, which I generously referred to as my "rudimentary instrument" in the post. But my camera does have several "settings" with which I should experiment more.