People Watching

Many of my images from my last couple of outings captured people.

In Yolo county once a month farmers invite artists to share in their landscape. Camera Totin’ Days takes advantage of this time. Every month is different. In May we went to Great Bear Vineyards in Davis. This painter is relaxing in the shade using oil paints. I found out that she was a retired teacher who picked up oil painting as a hobby.

Plein Air painting

Hangtown Kennel Club held a AKC Dog Show in Placerville at the end of May. I was interested in seeing the labrador retrievers, and cocker spaniels.

Showing off her cocker spaniel
The best Irish Setter on display.

Discovered a new to me breed of dog. The Lagotto Romagnolo, an Italian water retriever also known as a truffle dog.

Coming over to see a Lagotto Romagnolo
English Springer Spaniel ready to show off.

We sat by the window in a restaurant in Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. From this vantage point I caught this couple trying to decide if they wanted to eat here.

Framed by the window.

Last week the temps here in Sacramento edged up to the 100 degrees. Camera Totin’ Days decided to head indoors. Headed to the Crocker Art Museum.

This couple was checking out the animals in the painting. I like the one above. Such a cute puppy!
This is “Art”!
Such a nice smile from a Crocker Art Museum security guard.
The Security Guard was watching me.
Two tourists converse with the Security Guard. He caught me in the act!
Dusting along with some tune!
My husband finds an interesting book in the Museum Shop. I saw some interesting books, and unique gifts on display. A place to go for a future present.
Garden Mannequin posing for me!

Ben’s Barketplace put on a Dog Fashion Show, and since the temperature was reasonable for Citrus Heights I decided to bring my camera along. I do miss my puppy love, Libby.

Dressed to the nines!
This chihuahua had little problem show off her ensemble! Pet owner created her hat!
Happy Labradoodle
Dog’s face says it all! Why am I dressed like this?

I hope you enjoyed going along with my search for interesting subjects to photograph.

Street Photography in Kauai

Along with the lush scenery I tried to capture the flavor of the Island with some street photography. Laura brought an up-to date guide book. The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. Mine was 19 years old, and prices and recommendations have changed. My son, who lived in Kapa’a in 2000 provided me with points of interest also.

My Fuji x100f is suited for street photography, and came in handy at the airport and when we explored towns. Along with my xt2 I brought along lenses for landscapes, and distance, lowlight, and all around general shooting. The dilemma my friends and I faced each day was what lens should we take with us. We joked around thinking there should be an app for that purpose. And who knows, maybe there will be an app for this someday?

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is a delightfully easy to navigate, and a great point for departure.

There is no direct flight to Kauai. My flight landed in Honolulu in over 5 hours. Traversing this airport is quite a task. I took note of this and planned to use an airport cart for my carry-ons next time.

Off to Lihue. The bright Hawaiian shirts and big “Aloha Greeting” puts me in a holiday mood.
Baggage claim in Lihue is open-air. Right away you know you have arrived in the tropics.
Keeping my friend caffeinated with the “perfect” cappuccino!
And I know what my friend likes!

Old town Koloa is a quaint town with a sugar plantation past. Had a lot of fun exploring here.

Festive Hawaiian greeting.

Monkey Tree brought us here, but the charm caught my photographic eye.
Can you tell I missed my dog?
Always on the lookout for funny signs
This is part of a beautiful sculpture depicting their history.
Chickens and Roosters everywhere. Just like my town of Fair Oaks, Ca.

Koloa has this great ice cream shop, Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee. Be sure to stop by, you won’t regret it! Another treat on this Island is Shave Ice. Not only is it fun to eat, it is fun to watch it being made. It does take a bit of technique to eat it without looking like an amateur.

Guide book recommended Jo Jo’s. First tried Shave Ice in the town of Waimea. Our second stop was in the town of Hanalei.
All kinds of flavor combinations.
Developing her technique!
Caution. Head freeze ahead!

Hanalei is another fun town to check out. Had to pull out our rain gear to protect our gear. The rain comes and goes quickly.

Wandered in and out of shops. This owner was learning a new song.

Croc Cuteness

I end here today with the hope of getting time tomorrow to continue with some more of my photo images.

Determined to keep on enjoying my photography

The hot summer weather puts a crimp in my outdoor exploration. Sacramento has been hot, and dry with little humidity.

My group of fellow photogs are having a hard time coming up with new places to explore. Sometimes it is good to go back to the same place because after I review my work I come up with new ideas to get a better capture. Sometimes I enter the venue with a different perspective. And sometime, I use a different lens or in this case a new camera.

So to keep on learning, lightening my camera load, and getting ready for future adventures I recently switched to the Fuji X system. Now I need to get out in different circumstances and take more photographs. The only way to get to know the camera is to get out and take pictures.

A familiar destination is Old Sacramento. For the locals we call it Old Sac. There we hoped to practice some street photography. With expected high temperature we arrived early just to find the town pretty empty. Because this was the day after Labor Day many shops were closed. With new camera in hand my spirits were lifted just being out and about with good company.

Candy Heaven, located right near the parking garage on Front Street, always welcomes customers and photographers. And I even can grab a salt water taffy.

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Smiley Faces available at Candy Heaven

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Another candy shop invites temptation. Not this time.

The Delta King brought me to the dock where I looked for a new shot.

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In my next few shots I tried to capture a story in my street images. I also experimented with a new plug-in Luminar 2018 for post processing.

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Outside the Railroad Terminal.

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Not racing the trains, this time!

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So in love…

So far I am very pleased with my new photographic tools! Ready for another day out with my friends and camera!

 

 

 

 

Can my camera lead me out of my comfort zone?

I grew up watching my Dad talk to everyone he met. At times I felt a bit embarrassed. We would be stopping at a grocery store and the conversation would start with the cashier.  I would think, just pay for the milk and bread already. Standing in line my Dad would strike up a conversation with the people waiting behind us.

Well I find that lately I am following in my Dad’s footsteps. This is particularly true when it comes to my dog. My Libby acts as quite the ice breaker. Her friendly demeanor draws people to her. I love sharing her with others. When my parents were in an assisted living setting I always visited with my dog. I kind of miss taking her there. When I am at a pet store I start conversations from treats, training, leashes and everything in between. Rather than be bored waiting on line I look around, and inevitably I’m in conversation. Sometimes I find I have a question to ask, or an opinion to state (My 2 cents worth!). I shop by myself, and if I have trouble deciding I will ask anyone around. Lately I can’t find helpful sales people around. The shopping experience has changed, but that is a conversation for another day.

I am often told that I look like someone else. This has happened on both coasts of the country. It has happened when I was 40 years younger, when my hair was long, short, straight or curly. No not me, I reply. Then I am asked if I am related to … No and I have no sister. Have you ever been mistaken for another person? Another conversation starter.

How does this relate to my original question? Well I bought my new camera with the intention to get into bringing personality into my photography. A simpler camera, an easy way to change settings, a totally silent shutter, and a less invasive look helps. Having a big camera with a powerful zoom can capture people without their knowledge. Stand back and peek at the world. Less confrontational. Until they turn and see your big lens pointed at them, I fear. More of a paparazzi feel to the image. May make for an interesting story. This may be something I am over thinking, and I need to change my attitude.

This image was taken with a zoom lens. Not sure if the natural feel would have been there if they were aware. I felt safe capturing the moment.

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My street photography tells a story!.

For me to capture people close up I will need to bring myself into the game. This is where I move out of the comfort zone. But if I start with my new found use of conversation with people I meet, I may get a more satisfying photograph. Then I will have a story behind the image to remember. That will be “the connection”.

Looking through my over 40,000 images I am currently drawn to the photographs with people in them. Now I want to  review why I like them. I am not talking about my family photos. That is a different set of circumstances.  I am looking at some of my landscapes where I included people in the image and the landscape provides the environment.

In the middle of Old Sacramento this couple would not have noticed me. Again, I was using my zoom lens.

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Eyes for you!

I also need to look at location and situation where people and environment come together. Festivals, city streets, group gatherings parades all provide good opportunities. Here are some photographs I have taken over the years.

Renaissance Fair

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What did I do wrong?

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Playing with fire

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Father & son juggling

4th of July Parade

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Folsom 4th of July Parade

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Street performer in Seattle. A tip provided the incentive, and a face to face encounter!

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This time no eye contact. 

Captured this couple in the mining town of Columbia. They had finished shopping. Some post processing added an old time feel.

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Quietly seated among the daffodils

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Silhouette at McKineley Park

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Through the corn maze

Captured from a distance or from the back is easy enough for me, but now I’m looking to up my photography and make the connection.

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With my 35mm viewpoint found in the Fuji X100F I can capture the person in their environment. Find a good location and wait. This is one street photographer’s approach. I need to be comfortable with my new camera’s capability. Many street photographer’s share their images in black & white. Usually I focus on color, so I may need to study what makes the black & white process pop.  My raw files can always be changed to black & white later.

Not sure how conducive the suburban or rural life will give me similar settings. Luckily Fair Oaks brings back Fiesta Days this weekend and  I plan to be there making a connection.