I've been mulling about a few ideas lately and thinking about portraits and decided to revisit my Chicago images. These are posted for the first time. You may view, here, a short video compilation from the moments during which the last three images were made.
Outside a bookstore, an accordion player.
Please pay here.
In front of the art institute, a percussionist jams with the beat of the street.
Sidewalk musicians crank out crazy fun on a Friday night.
The questionable attention of the fellow on the right (with his... phone?) cracks me up. Enter the scene, friend.
I've been paying more attention to color and enjoyed working through the subtle differences such tweaks can create in an image. It's far too easy to go overboard and knock an audience over the head, so I tend toward either subtle adjustments or clear choices. Above, the portraits of Leslie show the most change, to steer attention to and reference the great color of that coat, which is very her. The second photo doesn't reach the coat's aqua/green, which didn't work as well with the whole image--it resonated a sick, awkward tone--while the slight bluer tint felt solid. For the accordion player, I favored the yellows while reducing saturation, to soften the experience of viewing him. The drummer's scene got a kick of vibrancy to play off the already bright primary colors and the green sweater. Finally, the half-naked late night street band got more attention to their reds and yellows.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4, Tokina 12-24mm f/4