I should be getting back later today. Had a very nice Thanksgiving in Providence with my brother and his family. I got to visit his office for the first time (he's a psychotherapist). A beautiful peaceful room downtown in what used to be an enormous mansion. I took some pictures I'm very eager to look at on the computer.
I'm in Albany today; I would really like to do a photo project in Albany. It's a very picturesque city, and has an unusual flavor I can't quite out my finger on. I've never been good at urban photography, though, nor am I good at street photography. There's no reason for a stop in Albany except I love to stay at the recently restored Renaissance Hotel; a total indulgence on my part. The dogs stay locally in Albany when I travel east. They're going to get the spa treatment this morning—more important now because my new house doesn't have a bathtub and I have yet to experiment with trying to bathe them in the shower. I don't imagine that going very well.
The Hotel used to be known as the DeWitt Clinton Hotel. Lots of history here, and worth a visit. (Google it.)
Tonight I host my writing group at my house. It's a very small group, so far, but I'm nervous all the same.
Something to think about for tomorrow—because I'll be writing about it—how much do you tend to "work" a scene, place, or idea? I have two tendencies when I encounter a "photo opportunity" (don't like that term, but at least it communicates the idea). Both tendencies are bad, more or less, and I've had to work to overcome them. More mañana. Checkout is in 20 minutes and I've got to get packed and outta here pronto.
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David Raboin: "How much urban photography have you done in your life? You might be better at it than you think. I never fancied myself as an urban photographer. For years, all I cared about was nature, landscape, and my aerial work. Then, after I had kids, I suddenly didn't have time for serious nature photography anymore. I took up street photography simply because it was there. Outside my hotel room, no matter the weather, photo possibilities lurked.
"At first, I was terrible, timid, and had no ideas. However, I soon discovered that many of my nature photo skills translated to the urban environment. I'm no Bruce Gilden, I'm still shy of strangers, but I'm getting more bold and less awkward every outing. The biggest surprise is I love doing street photography now, and I never pictured myself as that type of person. Now days, I enjoy taking a photo of an interesting person in the city as much as stalking up on a bull elk in Yellowstone.
"You should stop categorizing yourself and give 'urban photography' a try. Do what you know, take your camera out when the light is nice and see what happens. Understand that your first few outings will yield terrible pics. Growth hurts only a little. Learn from your mistakes and sooner than you think you'll be coming home with great results."