Brandon Montgomery  

Untitled by Brandon Montgomery

October 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Title:Saturday afternoon on the K

I took this photo as part of a meetup with a photography club I'm with called Beers and Cameras in Sac. This was shot on K street in downtown Sacramento. I opted not to make it color to help symbolize the fact that K street is Sacramento is still K street in Sacramento. I chose a ground shot to get a different perspective on this story driven part of Sacramento located in what I call the "RoboCop District".. Camera used was a Nikon D3400 with 18mm, ISO 100, f/3.5, at 1/1000 a second.

10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your perspective shot angle is very good. But why f/3.5 and 1/1000? Why not f/16 and 1/50 to increase depth of field? If you shot at f/16, you could focus at 25 feet and get everything sharp from near to far. If you used a tripod (or set the camera down) and had f/22, you could do even better with depth of field.   Posted: 10/01/2019 21:41:45
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Stephen for the feedback. Typically, Beers and Cameras in Sac are mobile meetups in where tripods are hard to utilize, but I can look at using it with the suggested settings in the future.   Posted: 10/08/2019 14:43:48

Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Hello Stephen, thank you for the kind words and feedback. Depth of field is an area that I have been working on. A lower f/stop and higher aperture will be explored on future shots. I'll be sure to utilize that on future shots.   Posted: 10/02/2019 10:49:18

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
An excellent street shot in my opinion. Shot from the street! Perfect. Personally, I am shooting higher ISO all the time. ISO 100 was OK with film and it just seems to unnecessarily hang on and on and on. Experiment with 2000, even 4000 in daylight. Aperture priority and let the shutter speed find its own way. Try setting the camera to bracket 3 exposures at …“ f stop and see what magic happens. Agree with everything Stephen said.   Posted: 10/05/2019 15:26:21
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Chuck for the feedback! ISO is something I will be working on.   Posted: 10/08/2019 14:44:57

Gene Tadlock   Gene Tadlock
I think this point of view is great. At first glance, the softness of the image did not distract but Stephen has a good point about the f stop selection in order to get everything sharp. (I struggle with this as well.) But on the other hand, not sure if it matters due to the wonderful angle of the image. Also, not a fan of tripods for street. Just because it's more stuff to carry but sitting the camera down can be the option because this is a stagnant image. Also, love the choice of B&W.   Posted: 10/07/2019 10:19:29
Gene Tadlock   Gene Tadlock
Ya know, after posting my comments, I looked at the image again and I sort of like the softness and dreaminess of the image. A sharper image would probably take that mood away. ....for what its worth. :-)   Posted: 10/07/2019 10:22:20
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Gene for the feedback! I usually use tripods at night as their hard to carry on the more mobile meetups with Beers and Cameras in Sac. I'll be sure work on the F/stop.   Posted: 10/08/2019 14:46:51

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
Hi Brandon I love it. Perfect perspective with the parallel lines converging on the vanishing point. I also enjoy the B/W, good choice my only comment would be that it may be a stronger image if you cropped the foreground a little, try and see.   Posted: 10/10/2019 19:59:12

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Brandon, I think this is a great image. I like the softness, I think that and the B&W treatment gives the image a surrealistic look. I agree with Jill, I think that is some of the foreground were cropped it may be a stronger image.   Posted: 10/11/2019 07:20:23


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