Saturday night i chased the sun and the photo ops it leaves in it’s wake. When you shoot with the sun to your back the scene become very evenly lit which allows you to crank saturation and contrast without looking too fake, I’m amazed with the color effects that i can get away with post processing a picture taken in twilight versus a picture taken in the day where small color changes are very obvious. Huge shout out to Ken Rockwell for giving me the courage to max out saturation and wake up at 6 in the morning to get those shots.
I found a lot of new places by just driving towards the sun away from the skyline trying to find fresh perspectives with great lighting.
There was a huge difference in the vibe of shooting Saturday night versus Sunday morning. The night was a rush of a adrenaline running from one spot to the next with party people and the homeless and a few other photographers making me a spectacle, “hey that photographer guy is still there”. It’s hard to be low key while carrying an extended tripod. Shooting in the morning was a totally different experience, it was colder but extremely peaceful, i saw nobody pre-sunrise and then only three joggers in the following hour. I felt like i had the city to myself while the sun rose forever with no sounds like the most under noted event. I wasn’t as blown away with sunrise photos as with sunset, and subsequent long exposure night shots, but i still got some cool pictures that i couldn’t have gotten any other time of the day, now i just need a nude model to lay in front of the pictures. Notably the river was much stiller in the morning, i think that the absence of the sun slows the wind which adds to the peaceful state.
I also ran into a guy that i used to work with who is an incredible designer and he happened to be taking pictures that morning as well! Small world! Here are the rest of the pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/riaz/
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