Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Photography Challenge- A Moment in Time (5:00 p.m.)

I was in such a groove with work that leaving to bike to Venice and back seemed like a gigantic pain in the ass. But I'm so glad that I did. Because it was beautiful and there were so many characters out and about that I got to see. It also left me wondering, "When the heck to the tourists go home?" Which I think is a clear sign that I'm getting older. But seriously. Venice and Santa Monica are still crawling with tourists and they certainly added to my 5:00 p.m. photo (and the outtakes).

After finding a safe place to lock up my bike, I got to the scene about 10 minutes early so I could try as best as I could to line up the p.m. photo as closely as the a.m. photo. This is proving to be challenging for the second half of the series for lots of reasons. Like I didn't write down where I took the photo from, so it's always a lot of trial and error when I get there. Like I don't always know the exact camera settings (lens type and set-up) I used. Like I was freaking tired and zombie-like during the a.m. hour. But it's all part of the fun and it's helping me be a better photographer by having patience and paying super close to details.

With that in mind, here's what 5:00 p.m. looks like along the Venice Boardwalk:

And here is the 5:00 a.m. and p.m. side by side (click to enlarge):

5 things I noticed between the two photos:
  • I love that you can't even see the palm trees in the a.m. photo
  • The amount of stuff (read: crap) you can buy at the Venice Boardwalk is astounding
  • After a certain time, you'll always find someone walking around in a bikini in Venice (in the summer)
  • In the a.m. photo, the lights create a leading line and in the p.m. photo, the palm trees do that. 
  • Morning or night, the Sidewalk Cafe is easy to spot with its striped facade
Cyrena's photo

Sarah's photo from her amazing birthday celebration in Portugal

And a few outtakes:

 I love this tattoo shop and stop to take a photo of the colorful  & interesting people whenever I'm biking by

 There's something I love about watching tourists purchase sunglasses in Venice Beach
And this was the view behind me from where I took my 5:00 p.m. photo


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