You Decide--Artistic or Not? Above is an unconventional street portrait of a hat vendor in the foreground framed by a Balinese woman in the middle layer. For more on using layered street compositions, check out this article.
Opportunistic Street Photography Today, after running some morning errands. I was stuck in the middle of a huge traffic jam in the centre of Ubud. That usually means one thing--upacara. In other words, there was a Balinese Hindu Religious procession in progress. Rather than waiting in the hot sun inhaling exhaust from dozens of idling [...]
Chasing harsh light is one of my favourite photography rule breakers. I love deep dark tones contrasted with bright highlights. I enjoy seeing the interplay of light & shadow to give form to shape and figure. The best time to photograph harsh light in Pasar Ubud is on a mostly clear day (not overcast with [...]
How do we really know what ultimately influences us to compose a picture before clicking the shutter? Should I be like all the other street photographers, or should I be different? How can I be different--is this even possible? If you've been into street photography for even a short time, these two questions should have [...]
Updated 1 January 2019. "Just as a good story should have a beginning, middle, and ending, so a good photograph benefits from having a foreground, middle ground, and background." ~John Hedgecoe Emeritus Professor of Photography at the Royal College of Art, Queen Magazine, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Vogue, and Life. Feeling Flat?During [...]
Sometime in the 1970s, my parents took my brothers and me to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was my first and only trip there. Even though I was a very self-conscious teenager and terrified of being seen in public with my parents, I was enamoured and mesmerized by the strange, utopian setting that [...]