Thursday, March 17, 2022

Towers In Black And White

New York Skyscrapers

a black and white photo of the lipstick building in new york city
The Lipstick Building

a black and white photo of new york skyscrapers architecture abstraction
Lines And Squares

a black and white photo of a new york skyscraper by daniel south
Imperfect Symmetry

Safety Tips for Photographers

1. Mind your footing. You're a human being. Humans stumble. I saw a lady trip over a root and fall while hiking at Point Lobos. Her fancy camera shattered into pieces.

2. Always be prepared to move. An animal could charge at you. A vehicle might swerve in your direction. A flash flood or a "sneaker wave" could put you in danger unexpectedly. Be prepared to grab your stuff and go.

3. Always close and secure your gear bag. If you pick up an open backpack, your gear is going to fall out. Don't take that chance.

4. You're going to drop things. Hopefully, it's just a lens cap, but even losing something small is annoying. If it's a filter or something more valuable, it's a bigger loss, and you won't have that piece of gear to work with for the rest of your trip. I once dropped a lens cap into the Grand Canyon. I shattered a lens at Loch Ness when I dropped it on a rock. Be mindful that these things can happen and use extra caution at all times.

5. Your tripod has many points of failure. One loose connection can lead to disaster. I finished shooting one morning and unlocked the knob that held my camera in place. I decided to take one more photo. I unlocked a second knob that allowed the camera to rotate, secured that knob, and took my photo. I then picked up the tripod forgetting that the other knob was still loose. My camera fell to the ground and was damaged beyond repair.

6. Be aware of the people around you. Two guys started tossing a ball near where I was photographing a historic building. I don't know if it was accidental or not, but one of them ran into me with considerable force while I was looking in a different direction. I didn't fall or drop the camera, but my back was sore for days. Another time, a guy in a deserted section of a city remarked, "Hey, nice camera! I've got some camera gear if you're interested." He motioned for me to follow him. For a brief moment, I wondered what kind of gear he might have. It seemed like an incredulous claim. Then it occurred to me that if I went where he was leading, he would indeed be in possession of camera gear - mine.

Camera and Lens:
Image 1: Fujifilm GFX 100S, GF 80mm f/1.7
Image 2: Sony a7R IV, FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Image 3: Fujifilm GFX 100S, GF 45mm f/2.8

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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