NoDa Street Photography

North Davidson, or better known as NoDa, is a popular arts district located about a mile northeast of Uptown Charlotte. Interesting place to visit with it’s small shops, mural painted buildings, artsy people and fun bars and restaurants.

Being a dog lover, The Dog Bar, Charlotte’s one & only dog friendly off leash bar, is a must place for me to visit.

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Resting…..

An artist was just cleaning up his art supplies when I entered the bar.

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Artwork

You don’t have to go to The Dog Bar to see dogs though. There are several with their owners on the streets.

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Dogs come in all sizes

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A man and his dog

This artist hopes to be rich and famous one day!

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@ work

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Well Done!

Everywhere I looked, someone was holding a Popsicle from Popbar.

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Yum!

Hangin’ out near the Tattoo parlor.

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Smoke Break

My favorite black Lab in the whole wide world is Vic. Here she is waiting near our table at Davidson Street Public House while Jack, Cooper & I have a cool, adult beverage.

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Vicki

This is the scene across the street from our table.

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Love the red shirt!

NoDa has grown considerably over the years. I look forward to its future growth and more photos to be made.

Hitting the Streets with Valerie Jardin

A Street Photography Workshop with Valerie Jardin? Sign me up! Valerie is a well-known, French-born street photographer, blogger, and podcast host of Street Focus. Her work has been displayed in galleries in the US and Europe and she teaches workshops internationally. I was a lucky attendant of her most recent Minneapolis, MN workshop. Minnesota is where Valerie now calls home.

The weekend workshop was scheduled to coincide with the Friday Opening Reception of the “Meet Me Downtown” Street Photography Exhibit at the Mpls Photo Center. Seventy-five framed images chosen by Valerie from 700 entries were on display that evening and will be there through August 26, 2016. I didn’t enter the competition, so I didn’t even have a chance to win. 😦

Many of Valerie’s images comprised a separate gallery, called Paris Je T’aime, on the same floor of the Photo Center. It was a fun evening sipping wine, viewing images, and meeting Valerie and other street photographers. You can see a short video of the evening here.

The Saturday/Sunday workshop started with introductions and a presentation about street photography to prepare us for the photowalks. Out first stop was Mill City Market which had fresh produce, live music, food trucks and handmade items. Here are a few of my favorite photos from that morning.

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Salesgirl

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Happy Pooch

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Mother & Son

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Taking a Rest

The group then went into the Guthrie Theater to work on silhouettes and anything else we could find.

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Valerie in Silhouette

The next morning we met at another Farmer’s Market, but this one was much larger and had more of a variety of items for sale. We met Valerie’s neighbor there selling jewelry.

It was at this location that Valerie suggested we choose a topic to photographic. I chose “stripes”.

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Awwww….Sweetness x2

I followed this lady for some time. Loved the way her garment moved in the breeze.

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Stripes in the Wind

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Long skirt equals lots of stripes

I got in close for this one!

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Cute bag!

I found a few stripes on the streets of downtown Minneapolis too.

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Man with Cane

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Walking By

The Minneapolis Central Library is an awesome place to take photos.

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Stairs and more stairs

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Framed by plastic bookholders

Several people stopped to play a piano right outside the library.

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Random piano player

There was a stop at a pub for a cool drink on a hot day.

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Hostess

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Hat People

It was good to watch Valerie working in the field and learn from her. Every street photographer has a different style. The workshop ended with some post-processing time and sharing several of our favorite images for others to see and critique. I learned a bunch and made new friends. 🙂

Charleston Street Photography

I had a fun Saturday morning walking the streets of historic Charleston. With my Olympus E-M10 and a 40-100mm lens, I headed out from a parking garage on Kings Street about 4 blocks north of Marion Square. I made my way to the City Market about 1.5 miles away taking photos along the way. Once at the City Market, I walked through all the buildings….twice. I weaved my way back to the car, stopping at Moe’s (yum!) for lunch.

My first stop was Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, not for doughnuts, but for photos.

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I spotted this guy sitting around on the job at a shoe store on King’s Street. He spotted me too and walked from that seat after I took three photos.

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I went in the Starbucks looking for people having their morning coffee. As luck would have it (or maybe it was because it was 9am and many people drink coffee at that time) I found some! The coffee shop has a really cool upstairs. I was standing on the stairs when I took this photo. Looks like she opted for water?

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A lady with a big hat at the Historic Charleston City Market drew my attention.

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There was SO much beautiful light at the market. It’s located in an old building with window openings, but no windows. This salesgirl was standing at a corner of the building where light was coming from behind her from one window opening, and light was coming toward her from the open doorway in front of her. I took a bunch of photos of her and I know she noticed me. I have one photo of her looking directly at the camera. She didn’t seem to mind and went about her work. Love the dreads and headband! Cool scarf too. And the background is awesome.

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You never know where you might get a photo. This one of a cute dog in a dog purse was taken in the woman’s restroom.

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Back on King’s Street, a store was getting a renovation and these lovely ladies were looking, well, lovely, while a little boy checked out the place.

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Sometimes we all wish there we two of us to handle the workload.

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I’m going to call this one “Circle of Friends”.

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Oh what fun it is to take photos! Especially in Charleston.

 

Family Time

Let’s walk around Uptown Charlotte after dark on Christmas Eve and see the Christmas lights and holiday decorations. Darn, it’s raining. Okay, the day after Christmas will work, but it will be during the day. Not so good for the lights, but great for some family time.

My son, Cooper, is home from college and my son, Trevor & his wife Katie, are visiting from CA. My daughter, Alissa, is far from home in South Korea having her own EPIK Adventure.

Free parking near the new First Ward Park. Perfect. Let’s start there. Not many people on the street and in the parks, but no problem. Family members make good subjects.

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Trevor & Katie

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Then over to 7th Street Station for lunch, Discovery Place for an IMAX movie, a stroll through Settler’s Cemetery, Fourth Ward Park and surrounding neighborhood.

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Cooper at Discovery Place

We stopped at the fence at BB&T stadium to take a look, walked to Bank of America Stadium, and made a quick stop at a convenience store for bottled water.

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My husband, Jack, waiting patiently while the others are in the convenience store

Then it was a walk through Romare Bearden Park, up Tryon to the Bechtler Museum of Art and Firebird statue, and a quick  pass through Epicenter on the way back to the car.

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Jack checking out some new construction

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Some silliness on the way back to the car

An enjoyable afternoon indeed. Glad I had my camera with me. It made it that much more fun.

Framed

Framing, in photography terms, is using other objects in an image to bring focus to the main subject. Charlotte Camera Club recently organized a photography scavenger hunt and one of the items to find was “Framed”. I’m challenged by this composition, so a field trip to the grand opening of First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte seemed like the perfect place to practice. The search was on! I was going to get as many images as I could that were “framed”.

Walking to the park, I passed the public library. I’ve shot at this location before and have used the tunnel-like area to silhouette a subject. Just to warm up, I figured I’d start there.

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When I arrived at the park, the festivities had not yet begun. There were some people milling about and a few kids playing near a fountain and in the open field. Oh, what a cute dog! Dog owners almost always allow me to take photos of their pet. I framed this little gal between her owners.

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Kids are easy to approach and most like having their picture taken. I asked one boy who was tossing around a soft disc if he would hold it up so that it would frame his face, and another boy (the one pictured below) asked if I would take his photo too.

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Hmmm…..there’s a person sitting on a bench and here’s a trash can right in front of me that has on opening on either side. It was tricky getting a decent exposure on this one.

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Eventually the grand opening was in full swing and five musicians were set up in the park. I hope I didn’t break their concentration as I photographed over their shoulders. At one point I showed one of them the view on my LCD screen, so she could see I had a purpose. I spent a bit of time near the musicians trying to get a composition I was pleased with.

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A police officer standing in a doorway. I’m sure he noticed me photographing him, but didn’t seem to mind.

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What I learned:  It’s easier to frame a subject than I thought.

Oh, The Places I’ve Been

Street photography is fun! I’ve photographed in several cities and look forward to a workshop in Minneapolis with Valerie Jardin scheduled for June 11-12, 2016. This morning I came across her 23 YouTube videos and I’m  thrilled to get a glimpse of her teaching style before meeting her in person at the workshop. I plan to watch each and every one of them! SO many tips & tricks to photographing people on the streets.

I use an Olympus OMD-E-M10 for street photography. It’s a small, mirrorless camera perfect for the streets.

Here’s a sample of my street photography from different cities. Can’t wait to add Minneapolis to the list!

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Charlotte, NC

 

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Asheville, NC

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Brevard, NC

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Atlanta, GA

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Chicago, IL

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Avon, CO

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Concord, NC