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25 October 2013 -- 298/365
Providence, Rhode Island
For today's photo, I wanted to work a bit with my 100mm lens. For the type street photography I typically shoot, which includes a large amount of the background setting, that lens is not an optimal choice. I also wanted to produce a black and white scene for today, and the older buildings in Downcity Providence are great subjects, so again, the 100mm was not an optimal choice. It's too long a lens for that type of photo, which is precisely why I wanted to work with it today. I knew having that lens equipped would force me to see potential subjects in an entirely different way. As it turns out, I took a number of different street photos in this lunch-time session, and the results are most pleasing. They are clearly different from what I'd have photographed with either the 50mm or the 24-70mm attached, and that was the whole point of the exercise.
The photo I decided to present as the "photo a day" selection is of this juggler. He was in the Roger Williams National Memorial and a friend of his was setting up a tripod and camera to do his own photography. While the friend was getting ready, I asked if he'd mind my getting a photo as well, and he started to juggle for me. The 100mm gave me the opportunity to capture a nice tight image of his concentration while performing. With more time to setup, I'd have gone with a much wider aperture so as to blur out more of the background, but for street photography I'm typically set at a standard f/8, and that's what I used here. Lesson learned. I intentionally had the ISO set to 640, wanting to capture a bit more grain than normal, and that aspect worked very well.
Post processing started with a neutral greyscale filter in Topaz B&W FX. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, boost white, and protect highlights. A levels adjustment was added in PSE.