Pedestrian Study #1, South Lee Street

Pedestrian Study #1, South Lee Street
Pedestrian Study #1, South Lee Street. Nikon D200, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/640 sec.

I’m trying some new concepts with my street photography. The idea of parking yourself on a street corner and waiting to see what happens is certainly not new to street photography (in fact it is about as old as the genre itself), but it’s not something I’ve done often. Usually I have the kids in tow and they are not all that patient (can you blame them?), so I can’t park myself for long.

The other day, I was able to stay in this spot for about 5 minutes and I would just wait for folks to walk by. I was realizing that the light worked particularly well when they would turn their head towards me, but usually they were focused in the direction they were walking. I thought it would be the same with this woman, but she happened to turn her head at almost the last possible moment before disappearing from view. In turn, I was rewarded with this photo that I feel captures the feeling of a fleeting moment, one that will soon be lost forever.

Weathered Door and Lantern, South Lee Street

Weathered Door and Lantern, South Lee Street. Nikon D200, 18-70 AF-S DX @70mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/80 sec
Weathered Door and Lantern, South Lee Street.
Nikon D200, 18-70 AF-S DX @70mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/80 sec
It seems like hardly a day has gone by without rain these past few weeks. Yesterday was no exception, and in fact, it hardly stopped raining all day. Regardless, my wife and I try to get the kids out for walks because sitting around the house starts to get pretty rough.

So we headed out during a bit of a lull in the downpour, armed with umbrellas, toys, and of course, my Nikon D200. I never really worry about this camera when the weather is bad because it’s built like a tank. I actually froze the shutter on it once when shooting birds on a 15ºF day a couple of winters ago.

I get a little bit excited about heading out during crappy weather because it tends to make for better photos. Clouds are often more dramatic, and in the case of rainy days, colors tend to look more saturated. Such was the case with this historic home on beautiful Lee Street in Old Town.

I wouldn’t mind owning a home with a lantern on the front some day.

Exposed Wall, Gibbon Street

Exposed Wall, Gibbon Street. Nikon D200, 18-70mm AF-S DX @ 70mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec
Exposed Wall, Gibbon Street. Nikon D200, 18-70mm AF-S DX @ 70mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec

On one of our evening walks with the kids, we passed this house that we’ve passed at least a hundred times before. Except this time it looked markedly different.

“Was that wall always like that?” I asked my wife. Definitely not we decided.

Nikon D200, 75-300 4.5-5.6 AF @112mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500 sec
Nikon D200, 75-300 4.5-5.6 AF @112mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500 sec

I had to do a Google maps street view search to even recall what it looked like before (white plaster or something), but now the original brick was exposed in all its glory- and with a surprise. I love these old advertisements that were just painted right onto buildings. It reminds me a bit of the sign painted onto the cliff above Harpers Ferry (photo at right). Lasting impressions from a time long gone.