Street jazz

OK, admittedly, Street Photography is not one of my strengths...I spent several hours on Sunday at my local Street Fair, and in the end, this was my best shot.

A jazz guitarist, warming up before his band went on to play. I also played a bit with Picmonkey to help make this one a bit more interesting...

Street Photography entry for the One Night Stand challenge
Love it!!! Very atmospheric :)
posted April 30th, 2012  
Great shot! I like your processing! Well composed and great tones!
posted April 30th, 2012  
One of the things I like about 365 is the way it gets us to experiment outside our comfort zone. So glad you didn't use a filler. This is part of your photographic journey. I ran across an online photography seminar and the teacher was making a distinction between "studium" and "punctum" in photography. Studium is the photograph we make that is "right" (or mostly right) in all those technical ways--good composition, lighting, focus, etc--this is most of what most of us do day to day. It is necessary. It is like a golfer practicing a shot day after day, getting ready for the decisive moment when that shot is really needed. Punctum is the "wow" factor in a photograph--that photo that rises to the next level. That is a very helpful distinction to me. I think this is a very good photograph--good composition, lighting, and interesting processing. It may be a "studium" photograph, but that is a good thing.
posted April 30th, 2012  
I like it, and like you said, out of our comfort zones and strengths. This has been an interesting challenge to participate in.
@billjohnson Good thoughts. Bill. I will keep those in mind. But I want punctum every day. :)
posted April 30th, 2012  
Really well done all the way around. Congratulations.
posted April 30th, 2012  
Oh, I think it is great. And, I for one am still trying to get out of my zone. None of this is very comfortable for me, but it's so intimidating for me. This one is GREAT.
posted April 30th, 2012  
LOL! Thank you for the comments, encouragement, and commiserations on this one! Yes, this one really pushed my comfort zones, but am glad I tried it.

@linzi76 @sassik @tigerdreamer @lesphoto @yonnie
posted April 30th, 2012  
Bill, I actually did debate about the whole "filler" thing for this particular challenge, but in the end decided to show what I shot anyway. I chose to do this challenge so that it would...well...challenge me! I've learned nothing from it, if I cop out and put something non-related and better in its place. Your words make a lot of sense to me, and I have to agree whole heartedly with them. I'm trying to better my skills in photography, and in order to do that, must touch on all areas, not just the ones that I'm comfortable in.

I'm please with my growth so far, and know that I wouldn't have grown as much as I have, if it weren't for the encouragement and good advice of its members.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment with substance, I really do appreciate it.

@billjohnson
posted April 30th, 2012  
Patty - This is excellent, composition, selective focus, tone, very well done. Happy to see you didn't pass on the day/photo.
posted April 30th, 2012  
Patty, I see here a very atmospheric shot with movement and a beautiful editing, well done. I agree to Ron. @ronphotos365
Bill! I enjoy your thoughts! @billjohnson
posted April 30th, 2012  
Nice.
posted May 1st, 2012  
I like this! Great choice of perspective.
posted May 1st, 2012  
Nice work! I love that you stepped out of your comfort zone.
posted May 1st, 2012  
Terrific processing, love the pov
posted May 1st, 2012  
This is a good shot & the processing really worked well.
posted May 1st, 2012  
Awesome capture. Great tones and processing. As a music fan, this is even better. Has a great mood to it.
posted May 1st, 2012  
I really like this shot. I'm like you, one of my main goals when I started this 365 project was to try new things. As you pointed out, you don't learn half as much if you don't work at new things.
posted May 1st, 2012  
Very cool shot
posted May 1st, 2012  
very cool focus and processing!
posted May 1st, 2012  
Excellent, love it!
posted May 1st, 2012  
great work!
posted May 2nd, 2012  
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