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What I did: This week I just took some casual street photography wherever I happened to be on the weekend. Not putting too serious of a focus on capturing a particular series, I adjusted my style based on each environment


What worked: I'm most satisfied with the first two shots, where I used a slow shutter speed to capture motion blur and add dynamic motion to an image, as well as a still photograph to capture the spider in its natural context.


What didn't work: While on the high line, I grew quite fascinated with one particular building, which makes up photos 3, 4, and 5. I wanted to capture the curvature and repetition in the building in as rhythmic of a way as possible (wanting it to look more like a pattern than a building), but I struggled within finding unique angles to use when shooting it from the high line.


General thoughts: I liked having the opportunity to experiment a bit with these photos in terms of composition and camera settings. For the future, perhaps I can try more sustained experimentation by taking multiple photos using the same effect like motion blur for example.



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What I did: While working on my 10 image series project, I was shooting in the Dumbo area in order to get vast open spaces to photograph. In between taking photos for this series, I noticed a series of picturesque urban landscapes that I took photos of for fun.


What worked: The harsh lighting conditions contributed to very high contrast photographs. The stark difference between light and dark creates a greater sense of mystery, obscuring some portions of the bridge.


What didn't work: I didn't spend all too much time thinking of unique compositions for these photos, resulting in somewhat cliche images. Because the Manhattan Bridge is such a popular subject for photography, it becomes challenging to imagine it in new contexts.


General thoughts: These are casual snapshots which turned out pretty alright because of the dramatic lighting conditions. For the future, I would like to spend more time when taking street photography to think about focal length and balancing exposure, in case I want to make adjustments in post production afterward.



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