Playing in the Street

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~ Leo Buscaglia

It was a warm rain last night so I decided to go out and play in the streets with my camera. I don’t know much about street photography or night photography so it was mostly a fun experiment…

I started my journey wandering over a bridge.

The shiny wet guard rails created some nice reflections.

I waited for a big bus to go by to get some cool streaks of light.

Once I crossed the bridge I was excited to see these lovely ladies walking. I’m getting braver about taking photos of strangers.  I’ve read about street photography and was relieved to learn that many of the best street shooters don’t worry about permission. I have mixed feelings about this but have decided to take on a new mantra recommended by Eric Kim… “I am a street photographer here to capture the beauty in the mundane and I mean nobody ill will,” When I’m at ease and full of gratitude shooting something that I find interesting or beautiful… like this matching umbrella with her bold black & white dress, I’ve found that I can kind of disappear.

Here’s a view of the bridge I walked over from the 10th floor glass elevator. It’s such a cool elevator with glass & mirrors, I’ll have to go back and get a better self-portrait… another area of photography that intrigues me…

I got a little wet in the rain but it was worth it.

Yes, I definitely need more practice with self- portrait… this was the only way I could get enough light on my face with out a flash…I’m looking straight up into a big street lamp. It was a fun evening but I sure prefer taking shots of natures tiny treasures in the golden light.

I’ve been taking photography seriously for a little over a year now and my favorite subjects so far are tiny treasures. My style seems to lean towards finding beauty in mundane bits of nature like a lonely decaying leaf. Yet it’s so exciting to try new subjects & styles. Traveling has been one of the best inspirations for me to grow and expand, it’s been a great trip here in Austin so far.

What type of photography do you love to shoot or view?

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Feb 04, 2012 | Post by: Christine 9 Comments

9 Comments to Playing in the Street

  1. 7theaven
    February 4, 2012 3:17 pm

    The 2nd and 3rd shot are very well done.

    Good job

  2. Jo Bartha
    February 4, 2012 5:36 pm

    Christine….those bridges are a watercolorist’s dream…..beautiful.


  3. Marcie
    February 5, 2012 7:42 pm

    What fun!! Such wonderful street scenes..and I love your brave self-portraits.

  4. Amy
    February 6, 2012 8:25 am

    did you curl your hair, or maybe the rain? it’s that shot in the window reflection of the dark street. glad you are having fun :)

  5. Susan D
    February 6, 2012 10:40 am

    Christine … you are such a living example for me and I am so grateful that you share when you are uncomfortable and yet continue into that feeling … they are, just as your mundane shots, beautiful and so full of YOU! I love you!

  6. Hilary
    February 7, 2012 5:16 pm

    You did a fabulous job with all of these captures. Keep on snapping. I’m in catch up mode and trying to get around to all my favourite blogs.. so here I am.

  7. jeanie
    February 9, 2012 5:24 pm

    I love your self portrait. I tend to pick things that don’t move! Or the cat — I guess that’s sort of the same1

  8. JillsyGirl Studio
    February 10, 2012 7:09 pm

    I think with the invention of the internet, privacy has somewhat gone out the window, but I know what you mean about having to get over photographing strangers. Even though we have the right, it seems invasive. You go, girl!!

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