Long Beach #2


As word about your favorite alley website spread quickly around. the. internet yesterday, we received an email from John Williams (not that John Williams, as far as we can tell), who also fashions himself a fan of L.A. sidestreets. He sent along this picture and these words:

Photo by John Williams

I decided recently that one way to improve my photography would be to examine the images of some of the masters, and then go out and try to capture some of those qualities in my own shots. The day I took this I had Eugene Atget in mind. He took thousands of photos of Paris around the turn of the century and was known for his urban documentary style, so I chose the city of Long Beach as my subject. Some of the qualities I was trying to capture in this shot were a broad tonal range, layering of light, and the use of positive and negative space. I also used a 3-stop neutral density filter so I could use a long exposure (in this case 5 seconds at f/25), as he would have used in the old days.

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Long Beach


Photo by Nuno Oliveira

Photo by Nuno Oliveira

“I simply placed the camera on the floor to keep it steady since I knew it would be a long exposure, and clicked away after a car showed up. The cross processing of the film created the nice colors.” — Nuno Oliveira, via Flickr