I shouldn’t complain but…

Traveling for the work on live sports broadcasts ain’t what many think it might be.   This little story will use 4 photos that give a taste to some of life on the road…AKA First World Problems.

Perks of traveling

For a “street/of the moment” photographer signs can be a good “go to” subject.  It can be the surroundings, the shape, the juxtaposition or sometimes the content.  For me signs can force a vertical perspective.  They also sometimes carry a significant weight to storytelling.  A perk of traveling is that you get a new pisser every week.

TSA

I will be very glad not to have to deal with the numerous security inspections on my way to  & from work every day.  A perk of retirement.  Yes I know they are doing their job!  Do we really need security to be full of consistent inconsistencies with often a lack of common courtesy?  Isn’t it bad enough without the common ignorance of the public?  Wake-up folks!!!   Work that begins with a security check can make for long and frustrating days.

Hallway

I know their are people in this world that would love to have a safe clean place to stay.  And I also know that their are worse hotels than where I was normally put up at.  But, hotel hallways are  monotonous & without interest.  They are not the way I like to begin & end my day in the world.  And don’t even get me started on the carpet!

Spring Inbound

I will end this short story with a positive.  The approach of Spring from 4F.  The flight to & from CLT is a glorious reveal of the spectacular seasonal transitions.  Upgrades and frequent flyer miles are nice but the best perk of traveling is a springtime final approach with great lighting coming back to PIT.  Sometimes life is like that!

Vertical eyes

For most of my career I worked in 3×4 then 16×9 horizontal video.  So my vertical stills are an evolving perspective to translate from eyes to mind & then to camera.  I have realized that sometimes the subject screams vertical.  This stop on the NFL tour had whispers of Stanley K.

Hotel Verticaal

I used a 30th of a second at  low aperture with the ISO cranked up.  I would have loved f22 at 250 with 1000 ISO & full frame but that wasn’t going to happen.  Both vertical & horizontal cropping are simple tools I use to emphasize what drew my eyes to the subject.  The cropping was a step I had planned when I snapped & the end result was as I expected.  However, the noise/grain of high ISO gave an accent that adds a texture quality I surprisingly like.  

My travels doing sports broadcasting took me to many hotels.  None had any courtyard or atrium as nice as the Brown Palace in Denver.  However, it has the slowest most inadequate elevator I experienced in over 30 years of traveling.

Photo Blog?

To answer my own ?…photography is about capturing a moment & sharing it.  Although I have reservations about social media, blogging seems an interesting conduit for displaying my images along with thoughts about visual communication.  The downside of doing a blog is my spelling, syntax and grammar are casualties when ideas get transferred through a keyboard.  I do appreciate feedback and critique of my photos.  However, if you feel compelled to comment on my attempts at prose then I suggest you research Kurt Vonnegut’s novel SLAPSTICK and his correlation between a flying doughnut and the moon.

Antietum

I will begin with a recent image.  I had driven by the signs on the freeway far to many times without stopping.  So my last trip returning from DC I went upriver alongside the Potomac with Antietam as my destination.  I hadn’t wandered with my camera for a while & I enjoy the challenge of capturing a historic perspective.  Its not urban, it’s not landscape, it’s not action, it’s not nature, it’s not traveling. This silent canon barks no more on a battlefield where over 3500 soldiers died in one day.  My images & understanding are dwarfed by early photojournalists like Gardner and Brady.

In some locations I try to use the camera to look back in time.  I framed & focused the canon with the red fall leaves to emphasize cause and effect.

This location for obvious reasons reminded me of a doc I shot for Mark Bussler at Gettysburg.  We didn’t have post-card perfect weather then but it was consistent.  If you always want perfect weather/lighting for outdoor photography you will end up disappointed most of the time.  You need to see what the day gives you and take advantage of it.