Bike and chairs

If I recall, this photo was taken on Ossington Ave. south of Dundas St. in Toronto’s west end. I remember walking this road with Mauro and having no recollection of ever being on this street before. I’m sure I have, but I just don’t recall. It’s funny how in a large metropolis like Toronto you can spend your whole life there and still find areas you’ve never visited before.

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8 Responses to Bike and chairs

  1. Frances says:

    I look forward to saying hi to you one day on the photo walk – because then I will have the right to say – “I knew that guy before he was famous – when he just started his new job and was so nervous about it”. Seriously, how do you do that? Perfectly have the guy riding the bike between the two chairs at the exact moment? You see him on the bike way back and wait…how do you even know? It’s a talent you are born with obviously. You see the picture before the picture happens. It’s awesome. The one before too of the homeless woman! Good Job Dave!

    • Thanks so much, Frances. Actually, you’ve hit the nail on the head with the development of this photo. I was walking with Mauro and saw these two chairs and thought, how can this be a photo. I then looked up the street and saw the cyclist. I remember saying to Mauro, “Hold up a moment, this is going to be awesome if it works out.” I got down and framed the shot and waited for the cyclist to enter the frame and then snapped the photo. Even I was surprised I caught her just at the exact moment. Thanks for noticing. 🙂

  2. Frances says:

    Ha…I just made the pic bigger and realized it’s a woman… The eyes are playing tricks on me again…

  3. Dave, your b&w shots are wonderful. Can you give me any tips/advice about editing into b&w. I just can’t seem to get the crisp colors in my b&w’s. -Kim

    • Well, I tend to like things a bit contrasty. Sometimes too much. The first thing I do is use the curves adjustment and make sure the sliders are stretched out far enough apart to capture the entire range of light and shadow. I’ll then adjust the curve line into a nice “s” pattern, while watching the results on my photo. I will also often use the brush to select an area to brighten a tad or to reduce the contrast a tad. I also like to use the split toning tool in Lightroom, which allows you to add a slight colourization to your black & whites. I use that when I’m trying to make a photo look old, much like the famous Dorothea Lange photo you’ve featured on your blog. That’s one of my favourite photos of all time, by the way. And she didn’t have Photoshop or Lightroom to help her along.;) I also use the “blacks” slider in Lightroom, but you have to take care not to overdo it, which I often do. I sometimes use the recovery slider as well, but I’m getting away from that more and more. While it does tend to capture more detail, I find it also makes the photos less crisp, so to speak.

      Most importantly, in my opinion, is you have to instinctively know when a photo will work best in black & white. Some do and some don’t.

      Here’s a handy video you might find helpful. Youtube is full of video tutorials on converting images to black & white.

      Best of luck.

  4. lynnwiles says:

    Great capture and composition, wheels here and there and the bike perfectly framed by the chairs.

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