UG Street Photography

UG Street Photography

Hello everyone!

It’s getting frigid in NYC. As the temperature drops, it’s more and more diffcult to go shoot the streets for long periods of time. My shutter finger freezes up. All my senses slow down. I can feel my body clench up, protecting my vitals.

As I started to shoot a little bit less, I decided to make my own website in the comfort of my warm apartment. I used a website building service called http://www.pixpa.com. I’ve had a fantastic experience with this service. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in building a portfolio website for your work. It is definitely geared towards photographers and graphic professionals, so keep that in mind.

Please take a look and tell me what you think about it. Any advice, criticism, or flaming is welcome. Thank you for visiting! Happy Holidays! ❤

http://www.ugstreets.com

With Love, Yuji.

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Ode to Bresson

Ode to Bresson

I had watched a documentary on the legendary pioneer of street photography and godfather of modern photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson. One image in particular struck a chord inside of me. This one: HCBpuddle

I quickly became obsessed with this image and watched the documentary to see how he found it. He explained that he looked through the crack between two planks of a wooden fence and snapped a shot as the man went through the puddle. The photo in its original form had two dark borders to the left and right from the fence. He confesses that shoving the camera into the crack made the image sharper than it should have been. This means Henri was looking at EVERYTHING. Even through cracks of fences. He’s not just observing, he’s searching. He’s putting the camera where no cameras have ever been. I was inspired. After a long rainy day, I found the biggest puddle and watched people hop over it. Reflections from water in particular have always been one of my favorite focal points. It becomes a sort of magical mirror.

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Power Color

Power Color

WTF is going on here?!
Is his shirt really THAT pink?
I think this guy is taking his business power colors a little too seriously.
It’s actually a building across the street that has purple tints on it, reflecting pink light back on to the pink man.The photo isn’t manipulated with fake pink color.

Scream?

Scream?

I know it’s a little late for Halloween but I thought I’d post this sooner than later.
I was waiting to cross the street and these kids in scream masks were on the other side. Halloween in NYC is pretty amazing. Especially for a photographers. Usually when people are wearing costumes, they don’t mind you taking a photo of them. Sometimes, they might even pose for you. A second or two before this moment, they were in the middle of the street facing each other in a circle. They started to tilt their heads left and right, raising their hands in a ‘Why?’ gesture (like in the photo). I still have no idea what they were doing.

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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

I watched him for a couple of minutes. He seemed to be observing the skies. Not in a quizzical or careful way. He was just standing, looking up at the sky. In deep thought, he shuffled aimlessly. I tried to get as close as possible. I shoot with a 35mm prime lens, so I have to get closer than the classic street photographer who usually shoots with a 50 or 85mm. Luckily, he was staring at the skies above. So I simply walked up and fired away. There’s something about the unsuspecting face. Not posing, not knowing. They’re just being who they are.

Whirling Doves

Whirling Doves

What do you think birds are doing when they circle around in large flocks like this?
There are many theories I read on the net. They circle around for prey or to avoid being prey. They are navigating before leaving. It’s a mating ritual, etc. To be completely honest with you, I think they’re just flying around. Having fun with the winds. Partying, enjoying life. The immensely large buildings like the U.N. (shown here) in cities create strange wind patterns. And it’s always in big cities that I see pigeons like these flying in circles. Quick trivia here: Pigeons are actually called Rock Doves because they nest along the coastal cliffs in the rocks. Also, baby pigeons are called squabs.
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