I’ve been walking to work for the past couple of months (excluding the very snowy days) and have been loving it. In addition to getting about four miles of additional exercise each day, it offers me a chance to wake up and spend some time in the sunlight before cloistering myself into my cube each day. In case it’s not obvious by my Twitter feed there isn’t a lot of work these days so my cube time is starting to weigh on me. Needs fixing, thats for sure.
Walking to work also gives me a chance to shoot (when it’s not too cold). I generally don’t get out my SLR when I’m walking to work, but I use my iPhone a lot. I am loving this shot that I took this morning a scant 25 yards from my front door.
I love love love the visual of a blurred cab driving by. Not sure why exactly, maybe just my love of this city.
On Monday I am going to be shooting a portrait of a partner in my firm for an upcoming publication. I have been given a photo brief from a designer in London which asks for black and white imagery, shot wide with dynamic backgrounds. The problem is that our office is exceedingly dull, and generally I get around that by shooting close and focusing on the individual rather than the office. This, clearly, is why so much of my photography taken in the building looks so similar. So this brief is exciting because it’s a chance for me to go outside of our office for a change. Unfortunately, because my subject will be squeezing in the shoot between meetings, I won’t be able to take her very far from the front door of our office in Times Square.
So this morning I went out and did some scouting for interesting backgrounds for the shots, using pedestrians and tourists as my “models”. After a half and hour or so I pretty much nailed down what I’m going to shoot on Monday. In the process I made some street photography that is working for me today. These were all shot with my favorite lens that I don’t get to use often, my 135mm prime. I love love love this lens and wish I could shoot with it all the time.