Jason Kravitz  

Reunited by Jason Kravitz

August 2019 - Reunited

About the Image(s)

Walking down 8th Avenue in New York City during golden hour, I set my camera to B&W mode to do some creative street photography. There were lots of interesting people all around including this woman who was standing for a short while with her phone as if looking for someone. Then I saw the man also looking around across the street before they finally noticed each other and crossed over, together at last.

I didn't do much in terms of editing except slight crop and exposure adjustments. Shot in camera B&W.

EXIF : Panasonic DC-G9 1/100 second F/3.7 ISO 200 62 mm

10 comments posted

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Good story on how you spotted the image before it appeared, and then nailed it. The fact that the couple are pin sharp but the car is moving really adds drama.
I like the b+w as it removes some of the distractions in a very busy scene, but would consider a different dof and removing the right hand edge, thereby excluding the man on the crossing as he doesn't add to the story.   Posted: 08/04/2019 11:29:52
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Thanks Terry. On different DoF, would you recommend blurring out background in post?   Posted: 08/05/2019 09:33:00
Terry Walters   Terry Walters
As you can't re-do this shot in camera I would certainly try, but the challenge will be the car edge and how much to apply, good luck.
  Posted: 08/05/2019 10:44:41

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I am not a street photography fan, but I think you did a great job catching a fun moment. I agree with Terry about the moving car adding drama and a possible drop to add focus on "true love".   Posted: 08/04/2019 19:37:28
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Thanks Brenda! I find that interesting that you are not so into street photography though in retrospect, don't recall seeing many street scenes in your posts for DD group :)   Posted: 08/05/2019 09:33:38

Alan Welch   Alan Welch
I don't think you are going to get this type of shot very often. What a great catch. I like the motion of the car and think it provides a good background to the couple. I have a great location for street photography (Las Vegas) but I don't feel comfortable doing it. Maybe someday.   Posted: 08/07/2019 18:03:51
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Thanks Alan.

I'd think in a place like Las Vegas, there are people all over taking photos of everything. It's probably expected that someone is going to take a photo of you and vice versa.

From my experience, having lived in a city center area, I just liked to wander around with my camera taking photos of whatever caught my eye. Sometimes it was buildings or cars or plants or static objects, and sometimes various people coming in and out of the scenes.

That's generally how I approach "street photography" today. Not much different if I'm hiking around in the forest or a natural setting.

Maybe start by doing a photo walk to an interesting street / area. Photograph the buildings, the lights, and if they fit the composition ... the people.

If you are worried about offending someone, or are shy about making contact -- you might find that in a crowded setting like that, folks often don't seem to notice or care if you are photographing them. Of course being respectful and not pushing your camera up in someone's face or stalking them.

Another thing you could try is to find an interesting back drop / scene and then hang out there a bit taking a number of photos as different people pass through. Often if you are there first, people don't question why you are standing there taking pictures, and you might find you get some more interesting shots by waiting around for the ideal moment.

  Posted: 08/08/2019 11:33:31

Alan Welch   Alan Welch
Thank you for the great information. I have convinced myself to follow your directions (as soon as it gets cooler) and try some street photography. Thanks again.   Posted: 08/09/2019 12:21:52
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz

... and cooler weather waiting indeed, one of my friends is in Las Vegas this week and reported it was something like 114 degrees?!

Stay cool Alan (and hydrated)!   Posted: 08/09/2019 15:29:37

Richard Huang   Richard Huang
Hi Jason,

Great work. In my memory, Jason is always with the nature, the sun, moon, horses, birds...LOL. Now it comes to the street.

It is a good catch, and I like the motion of the car, and also the conversion to the BNW.

The background seems a little noisy (Well that is the nature of street photo, so not an issue). I would also like to see a little more separation between the subject and the background if possible.

One option is to burr the further part of the street a little bit.

But I might try another option as to darken, and reduce the contrast of the deep far of the street (on the right hand side)

On the other hand, I feel that it might be possible to brighten the whole background a little bit (little bit is always important), and reduce the contrast a little of that, by leaving the couple as is. I hope that can improve the separation a little. So that the couple can pop out and catch the eyes.

Cheers...   Posted: 08/14/2019 11:15:40


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