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HomeInMyShoes Apr 22, 2010 9:17 AM

Getting To Know Your Skyscraperpage Photographers
 
After a bit of discussion with a couple of other members, it was decided -- in a similar vein to what flickr was doing for a while -- to choose one of our members to ask some questions about their photography.

Please feel free to ask more questions here and discuss the chosen members' photography. It is up to the member chosen to choose the next one, unless they opt to let us decide in which case people can forward me suggestions and we'll choose the next one. I'll forward the questions on through PM and they will reply to me and I'll post them here and link their answers into the table of contents, so it's easy to come back and find responses.

Table of Contents

1ajs
-AX-
bulliver
Chef
ColDayMan
Desert Diver
diskojoe
entheosfog
Evergrey
flar
Flash
giallo
giovanni sasso
i_am_hydrogen
ifeeldope9779
Jimby
Kilgore Trout
Kingofthehill
mr.John
Nineties Flava
olga
phototlitherland
Sabotai
Segun
Sekkle
SomeFormOfHuman
Surrealplaces
Thundertubs
witty Nickname
xzmattzx
volguus zildrohar

upcoming: Chelsea Spy, KCgridlock, Paradox21, WpG_GuY

*Bolded names are the most recent updates.

HomeInMyShoes Apr 22, 2010 9:23 AM

flar
 
flar

What are you shooting with and what would you like to shoot with?

Most of my threads are made with a Nikon D50, but I upgraded to a D90 a few weeks ago. The vast majority of my shots use the Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens. It's a cheap lens but I've had good results with it. It's also very light and so cheap I don't worry about breaking it. My telephoto zoom is the Nikkor 55-200mm, which I traded in for the VR model a few days ago. I also have a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 non-AF, but find that focal length a bit tight for city photos and not long enough for people photos. I've ordered the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 which will serve as my fast lens.

I have almost exactly the equipment I want. The D90 is the best camera for me. The more expensive cameras are too big. Both the D50 and D90 are great cameras and are the perfect size for walking around. Even better, they don't scare people or attract too much attention. Every photographer would like to have lots of expensive lenses, but the size and weight of pro lenses or an ultra wide angle lens is a consideration for me. I walk around cities for hours at a time so I like to travel light and not worry about dropping an expensive lens on the sidewalk. I'm thinking about getting the Nikkor 16-85mm VR to replace my kit lens. The 16-85 range would cover about 85% of my shots and gives me an extra 2mm on the wide end. It's noticeably heavier than the kit lens, but still fairly compact. To complete the set I would like the 85mm f/1.4, but would settle for the f/1.8.


If you could sum up your style in one photograph what photo would it be?

It's impossible for me to choose a single photo, my photos tend to work better as a set than individually.

This thread shows the type of photography I like most, and what people probably associate with me. I like to capture the soul of the city, show a bit of the people as well as the buildings, and show the good and the bad. Some of my photos are landscapes or urban scenes, some are of people, and a lot are just pictures of houses and buildings.


Talk about your inspirations and influences.

I haven't studied or even paid much attention to any specific famous photographers. I was inspired and influenced mostly by other photographers here on SSP. When I was starting out I spent a lot of time looking at threads by giovanni sasso, giallo, kilgore trout, Flash, ColDayMan and many others. I have to credit mrherodotus for pioneering the neighbourhood tour and documentation of housing vernacular.

There is a lot of great photography on this site, so the bar keeps getting raised, which in turn challenges everyone to improve.


Where have you not been that you want to photograph?

St. Louis, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Those cities have soul.


Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.

I've been lucky to have many popular threads. The ones with the most replies usually don't feature my best photography, but the subjects are interesting or provocative, for example Suburbia! or Mississauga City Centre. The series on Hamilton did very well. Twilight of the Industrial Age started things off as my first really huge thread. Grit is usually popular, I had a few other successful threads about gritty subjects. The popularity of Paris, Ontario took me by surprise. I think people thought they were going to see Montreal, but were treated instead to a small picturesque town.

The rest of my threads can be found here.


Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.

A few of the Ottawa tours haven't done so well, I was surprised how little attention the ByWard Market thread got. Another one that didn't get many views was Merrickville, which is one of Ontario's best preserved Victorian towns. Old Oakville has some great examples of very early Ontario architecture, which might surprise some because Oakville is generally thought of as bland suburbia, which might be why a lot of people overlooked it.


Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?

My advice is not to take advice from the likes of me. But I'll pass on what I've learned about making photothreads:

I like to keep threads focused, like a neighbourhood, a street, people, an architectural style, etc. But I also do variety threads. 60 or 70 photos is usually plenty, but I've occasionally posted over 100. If you have doubts about the quality of a photo, don't post it (I usually don't break this rule). Don't post multiple photos of the same thing. Think about the order of the photos, keep things interesting and varied or tell a story. When you visit a place, do some research ahead of time so you don't miss anything interesting. If you're shooting a neighbourhood or a small town, try to be comprehensive. Cloudy days are good, because you don't have to fight with sun and shadows. Obviously some places are more interesting and worthy of a thread than others, but that's about it.


Who should we ask these questions of next?
I'd like to hear from many of the photographers on here. The choice was so tough I wrote down the names of a few people and randomly chose...and Sekkle is our next lucky contestant!

LSyd Apr 22, 2010 12:30 PM

awesome.

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bulliver Apr 22, 2010 6:23 PM

Very cool! Thanks for this...

And flar, If you're reading this, I'd go ahead and get that 16-85. It is a little pricier, but I have no regrets purchasing it. It is pretty much a perfect walking around lens, and the extra 2mm on the wide end adds a lot. I have probably used this lens for 90% of my shots since getting it.

Thundertubs Apr 23, 2010 5:15 AM

Interesting stuff. Flar is one of the best on here.

ue Apr 23, 2010 8:29 PM

Very wicked idea! I like it. There is a lot of photographers on this site that I'd love to see queried (and look flar was one, and he chose another great one, Sekkle!). Nice to learn a little from some inspirational photographers on here(I don't follow pros either really).

I'd love to see you do Philly and Baltimore especially, flar. They seem just your style.

touraccuracy Apr 25, 2010 7:39 AM

excellent interview and wicked idea.

Bedhead Apr 25, 2010 2:13 PM

My two favourite Flar threads:

Amazing portrayal of first-rate Victorian architecture:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=175655

Too-cool-for-school Hamilton tour:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=178372

dktshb Apr 27, 2010 1:45 AM

Neat idea.

flar Apr 30, 2010 12:56 AM

Thanks, I'm really looking forward to what others have to say.

I ended up getting the 16-85, so now I've completely refreshed my equipment and I think I'll be satisfied for quite a while. I'm usually not much into equipment, but I thought it was time for some upgrades. The new stuff expands my capabilities but I still have to learn how to use it and get the best out of it. I've been trying out the new camera and lenses quite a bit, but it might be a while till my next thread because most of my shots have been wildlife and nature lately.

ue Apr 30, 2010 2:32 AM

^you could always post in general photography if it is non-urban based!

HomeInMyShoes Apr 30, 2010 10:21 AM

Nice flar.

I'm not exactly sure how often we should post answers, but 368 views since inception of the thread is pretty good for general photography. I'll definitely leave a week between posting answers. Hopefully traffic will pick up as people start to find this.

HomeInMyShoes Apr 30, 2010 10:22 AM

Sekkle
 
Sekkle

Talk about your inspirations and influences.
Everything I do is 100% original and born of my own thoughts. Just kidding. I don't know too many specific photographers outside of SSP... Just whatever I can pick up at the library... Michael Eastman has a really cool book that I enjoyed looking at called Vanishing America. I also like Zoe Strauss's book America though it's a little grittier than anything I do. I like looking at photojournalism, especially of war-torn or impoverished areas because of the emotion involved, but I can't name a specific photojournalist I like.

As far as photographers on SSP, several come to mind - I'll mention a few individually...

Kilgore Trout - I remember seeing the KTEU (or something like that) series he did in Europe a couple years ago before I was really into photography and I thought it was awesome how he captured more than just buildings, but also got so much of the city life in there.

HomeInMyShoes - The composition and color in his photos is among the best, if not the best on this site (in my opinion)... I also really like how he composes the photothreads themselves (borders, multiple pics on a line, etc). I tried something similar once or twice, but it's a lot of work getting everything to line up, so now I just throw a border on there and I'm done.

olga - excellent attention to composition, another candidate for best on SSP in that regard (again, in my opinion), though I haven't seen her around here in quite a while.

giallo - a master of night shots & urban scenes in general. If I'm ever half as good as this guy I'll be able to retire.

and KingoftheHill for people shots - I sometimes get tired of doing streetshots/candid photos myself, but that guy is really a master at it.

There are lots more. I was going to just list people, but I kept thinking of more and didn't want to leave anyone out.

Thanks, flar for giving me the opportunity to do this - he's definitely one of my favorite photographers on here - every thread of his is filled with solid photography.

Where have you not been that you want to photograph?
Tons of places, mostly overseas... Belfast and Glasgow would probably be my top two, followed closely by industrial cities in England, anywhere in Ireland, Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, India, southeast Asia, Africa, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. I've got a wife and son now, though, so travelling is more difficult than it might have been a few years ago. I'd also like to go back to a few places I've been but not since before I had a camera - Montreal, London, Rome, Baltimore, Philly, Boston.

Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.
I've had a few that seem to have gone over pretty well. I don't know what I could say about any individual one... they're all pretty much the same, just different photos. Maybe you can tell the difference between a recent one and one from a year ago in terms of technical ability, or maybe not, I'm not sure. Actually, I was surprised that the Utica one I did got as many replies as it did because it was not technically impressive at all, but then again most of the comments were probably about the city itself and not about the quality of the photos, which makes sense. I was also surprised that the "Portland Neighborhood Tour" series I did with my old point & shoot back in 07 and 08 was relatively well-received.

Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.
I am pretty happy with the responses I've gotten on pretty much all my photothreads. Thanks for the love SSP! I guess the last two threads I've done have gotten fewer replies than some others I've done, but they're still relatively new, especially the one I posted last week - jury's still out on that one. And if I don't get anymore responses on either one I won't be disappointed.

And like I wrote in a "disclaimer" before one of my photothreads, I take lots of photos of scenes that many would consider ugly, and sometimes I get comments like "wow, looks like everything is covered in graffiti." I guess I should expect that, because not everyone wants to look at those types of scenes (understandably). So comments like those are not necessarily the response I want, but I do understand them.

Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?
I feel a little weird giving out photography tips since I've only been doing this as a hobby for just under 2 years... I guess I'd say that shooting in RAW if you have the option is a good idea because you have a lot more control over the photo in post processing. And I always try to pay attention to composition... I have had many photos where I cut off a guy's feet or the top of a house or something and it always pisses me off that, if I had just thought about it for a couple seconds it could have been a better photo.

Who should we ask these questions of next?
Tough choice... I haven't had any interaction with the guy except for leaving him comments in his photothreads, but I'd like to hear from mr.John. I'm always impressed by the photos I see from him.

ue Apr 30, 2010 6:43 PM

Nice interview, Sekkle! I wouldn't care if some people don't like the graffiti and grit you present, as in the same breath there are many people who don't like the shiny and refreshed. Pittsburgh would be very interesting to see by you. Seems quite your style. Looking forward to mr.John, he too is a great photog (there seems to be quite a lot on this website!).

volguus zildrohar Apr 30, 2010 7:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edmontonenthusiast (Post 4809294)
Very wicked idea! I like it. There is a lot of photographers on this site that I'd love to see queried (and look flar was one, and he chose another great one, Sekkle!). Nice to learn a little from some inspirational photographers on here(I don't follow pros either really).

I'd love to see you do Philly and Baltimore especially, flar. They seem just your style.

Please do!

flar May 2, 2010 1:25 PM

^^I probably won't be in those cities anytime soon, but if I get the chance, I'm there.


Sekkle, I'm not surprised to hear you shoot in RAW, your images look so smooth and clean. Do you have any more tips on post processing?

Ayreonaut May 3, 2010 3:08 AM

I suppose I should try shooting in RAW one of these days. I never think to do it though.

Sekkle May 3, 2010 4:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flar (Post 4821960)
Sekkle, I'm not surprised to hear you shoot in RAW, your images look so smooth and clean. Do you have any more tips on post processing?

I don't have Photoshop or Elements, so I'm not familiar with everything you can do with those, but the program I use (ACDSee) is similar I think. I don't generally do too much except play with the contrast a little. I usually find that increasing the contrast gives it a sharper look, but too much contrast can be... too much, so I just try to find a balance. Sometimes I adjust the "temperature" if I think it helps or adds something, and sometimes I de-saturate the photo a bit for effect. That's basically it for the post-processing I do. Not much help am I?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ayreonaut (Post 4822836)
I suppose I should try shooting in RAW one of these days. I never think to do it though.

I like it because you don't have to worry about the white balance, which you can set in processing. You can also notice the difference in quality if you're looking for it - it's not a huge difference, but RAW is a bit sharper. Plus every time you save a .jpg it compresses it more, so editing while it's still in RAW allows you to only compress it the one time when you're done editing. The only downside is the file size, but I've got a couple memory cards now and an external hard drive, so I don't have a problem with that anymore.

HomeInMyShoes May 7, 2010 10:24 AM

mr.John
 
mr.John

What are you shooting with and what would you like to shoot with?
D80 nikon with a new 16-85mm plus on rare occasions I'll use the 55-200 plastic junker lens, as far as what I would like to shoot with.. well I wouldn't turn down a Leica M9, my last fim camera was a Contax G2 so I'm rather fond of rangefinder cameras

If you could sum up your style in one photograph what photo would it be?
Well if anyone is familiar with Dennis Stock's iconic image of James Dean in time square will recognize my shameless attempt to recreate the look and mood of that shot ,sometimes I've come quite close other times it's crash & burn

Talk about your inspirations and influences.
You have to love the work Andreas Feininger did photographing Manhattan in the 40's and 50's and who can't be impressed with the photo's of the world's greatest living photographer Sebastiao Salgado
I also love the work of great cinematographers like Gordon Willis (The Godfather) and fellow paisano Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse now)...and what the hell might as well mention Pink Floyd

Where have you not been that you want to photograph?
I'd like to spend 1 month photographing New York, but considering the fact I have no passport I can't even cross the border(thanks George Bush)


Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.
Popular? all the threads i've posted usually get about 1000 views and a couple of pages of comments (mostly from Montreal forumers) then they go on to collect cyber dust


Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.
In all honesty I couldn't care less with the response the nonsense I post gets ...it's not like I make money from from them


Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?
Yes get out there and shoot until your finger falls off and if your going to shoot hot chicks make sure their boyfriends or husbands are not around


Who should we ask these questions of next?
Go with The kingofthehill that young lad certainly seems to get around

Bedhead May 8, 2010 6:53 AM

Ha! I enjoyed those answers. I'd never heard of Andreas Feininger or Sebastiao Salgado, and after looking up some of their images on Google, I'm certainly glad I've heard of them now.

I have a question for mr.John - I think this picture from your Montreal Noir thread is one of the best I've seen on this forum - and wouldn't look out of place alongside some of the pictures by the two photographers mentioned above. What were you aiming for when you took the picture? Were you just concentrating on the patterns made by people's breath, or were you taking a people shot, and realised the patterns after you took it?

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...ofDSC_0344.jpg
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=176312
mr.John, Skyscraperpage Forum

flar May 8, 2010 1:30 PM

I've got no passport either. Thanks for listing your influences.

mr.John May 8, 2010 2:53 PM

I have a question for mr.John - I think this picture from your Montreal Noir thread is one of the best I've seen on this forum - and wouldn't look out of place alongside some of the pictures by the two photographers mentioned above. What were you aiming for when you took the picture? Were you just concentrating on the patterns made by people's breath, or were you taking a people shot, and realised the patterns after you took it?

thanks for your kind words, as far as the picture you mentioned goes the smoke you see is mostly from a wood burning BBQ pit, my aim was to use backlighting to create dramatic sihouettes being in the middle of winter you get the added bonus of breath (smoke vapor)

heres a couple of examples of backlighting+smoke = dramatic sihouettes

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/...d41e1dd0_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/...abf2b2a4_o.jpg

heres a couple attempts of Mr. John trying to recreate the Salgado look(as if)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/...61fe4908_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/...99e98b67_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/...8c1f339f_o.jpg

and here's a few shots of people acting goofy

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/...6df2e234_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3308/...a068e9f1_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/...8282df87_o.jpg

Bedhead May 8, 2010 11:17 PM

^^^ Cool, thanks!

LSyd May 9, 2010 2:20 AM

are they LARPing?

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Aleks May 10, 2010 7:14 AM

what an awesome thread. i love reading about photographers and their inspirations.

hammersklavier May 13, 2010 6:31 PM

This thread's gotten pretty quiet lately...

ue May 19, 2010 9:59 PM

Is KOTH not doing the interview or something like that?

HomeInMyShoes May 21, 2010 9:59 AM

Not sure. I sent a followup PM recently to check if they want to pass which anyone is free to do.

Kingofthehill May 21, 2010 4:38 PM

Kingofthehill
 
Kingofthehill
Hi guys! I'd like to offer my apologies for the delayed response; I had answered these some time ago, but left town for the weekend, only to forget the send them in upon returning.

Anyways,


Here's the questions:
What are you shooting with and what would you like to shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 40D, and 2 lenses: the 17-40mm f/4L, and 85mm f/1.8, with both being Canon. Generally speaking, I'm quite happy with the results from this set-up, though I'd definitely like to get my hands on a 5D Mk.II; shoots wider, offers better depth of field, and nighttime performance, is far more robust. And of course, I’d eventually like to swap my 85mm for a 135mm f/2.0L. That said, I'm not complaining…not yet, anyways. I'm just now learning to fully master this several-trick pony.

Talk about your inspirations and influences.
While I don’t have many influences or inspirations in the form of “real-life” photographers (i.e, well-known and celebrated ones), I do find plenty of inspiration from my photographer friends on Flickr and my hometown and city of Los Angeles, of which serves as a canvass of sort for my meanderings. I do a lot of reading, so I think that gives me a mental context and image of what I want and don’t want to shoot.

Where have you not been that you want to photograph?
Everywhere! With the exception of dangerous places such as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and places hostile to photographers, like Eritrea, I’d like to try and see as many places as possible. Unsurprisingly, there are some that I want to see more than others and among those are: My European “3” of Berlin, London, and Paris (of which will try and visit this summer); Laos, Vietnam, Cuba, Colombia, blah blah, etc. This might be a bad question, since I could probably go on forever about the places I’d like to visit, haha. On the domestic front, I’d like to make it out to Philly and Montréal sometime in the near future.

Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.
Aww, man. There’s been a couple. The “Keeping it real in LA” series has been a huge success, as it being on its 10th installment will vouch. Additionally, the threads comprised of my photos from my most recent vacations (Buenos Aires, Chicago, NYC, and Peru) all have been fairly popular. Based on my observations, people seem to be most intrigued by my people shots. Don’t know why that’s the case, but it certainly shows through in comments in my threads. Personally, I try to keep my photographs "fair and balanced" (ha!), by incorporating not only architecture, people, and the streets, but including elements of my personal life, such as food and friends.

Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.
Really, aside from maybe some old threads (i.e a few years ago), I’m quite happy with the overall reception and response I’ve gotten on my numerous photo threads. The majority of my recent threads seem to have in excess of 3 pages and average several thousand views. Although my most recent threads have been rather disappointing in terms of responses, but I think that’s site-wide; there must been a downturn of sorts going on. However, I did think my Lima thread would get more responses, if only because of its relative obscurity and splendid architecture. Sadly, there does still seem to be a bias held towards non-American city threads.

Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?
I’d just like for people to concentrate on what they do best, instead of trying to please everybody by doing little bit of everything. By doing that, you ultimately end up not being particularly strong in any one area. Also, don’t let people discourage or tell you not to keep doing what it is that pleases you. Lastly, I wish people would stop being so damn hard on themselves. It’s not at cool, and you’ll be sure to have plenty of people who will dislike your work (out of jealous/contempt) regardless.

Who should we ask these questions of next?
Sabotai. He definitely has the “eye,” and is one of the few people I know who can simultaneously pull off people AND architecture shots. I know from in-person that to some extent, my work was initially influential, but now he really seems to have hit the ground running with his unique style.

flar May 21, 2010 5:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Kingofthehill (Post 4848648)
Based on my observations, people seem to be most intrigued by my people shots. Don’t know why that’s the case, but it certainly shows through in comments in my threads.

Your people shots are top notch. People naturally like to look at other people, and you have to include some people shots if you really want to capture the essence of a place. People make the city.

ue May 21, 2010 9:39 PM

^Yeah, without people, a city seems dead and sterilized. You, KOTH were one of the people on SSP that inspired me to try more people-type shots. I'm sure you've influenced many more on this site, Flickr, etc.

LSyd May 21, 2010 11:48 PM

i think you would have fun in many places in Iraq with your people shots.

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HomeInMyShoes May 31, 2010 10:56 PM

Sabotai
 
Sabotai

What are you shooting with and what would you like to shoot with?

Right now, I'm shooting with a Nikon D90, armed with several fast primes(85 1.4, 35 1.8, 50 1.8), an ultrawide(Tokina 11-16 2.8) and the Sigma 70-200 2.8. I'll probably jump on the next D300 replacement, but I'm also interested in the smaller live view cameras, such as the GF1 as a compliment to my Nikon kit.

If you could sum up your style in one photograph what photo would it be?

For me, it's really impossible to pick any one photo to sum up my style. I've shot so many photos of so many things that it's hard to pick just one. Here's a photo I took about 5 years ago that I was especially enamoured with.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/42/10...b014fd83_b.jpg

Talk about your inspirations and influences.

A lot of my inspiration comes from seeing other people's photos on flickr. If you take a look through my favorites, you can see a lot of what I really enjoy looking at. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabotai/favorites/

Also, each one of those forum members already interviewed have inspired me! :yes:

Where have you not been that you want to photograph?

Anywhere, really! If anyone wants to sponsor a trip somewhere, let me know! ;)

Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.

While it didn't have the most responses, I thought this thread really summed up the city I currently live in, maybe better than any of my other threads.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=173315


Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.

It took a while for my NOLA threads to get many responses. One of them sat for a few weeks with only 4 responses.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166947
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166861
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=166756


Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?

One of the most important things a photographer can know is how to use his camera in full manual. Learn how to shoot manual and your photos will get better and better.


Who should we ask these questions of next?

How about flash? He takes great photos that are always on point. I believe someone used the word "clarity" to describe his photos and I couldn't agree more.

flar Jun 2, 2010 5:34 PM

^^Great photo

Nice fast set of lenses you have too.

ue Jun 2, 2010 6:03 PM

Wow that is a good image. Very nice!

diskojoe Jun 3, 2010 5:23 AM

very interesting thread hims. definitely all favorites of mine here on ssp.

i had a question for KOTH.

how do you get all the great portraits? Sabotai said you had quite a way with people. what kind of advice would you offer others to relax people into letting you take their pictures like that?

HomeInMyShoes Jun 8, 2010 9:50 AM

Flash
 
Flash

What are you shooting with and what would you like to shoot with?

Current cameras and lenses:
Canon 1Ds Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L

I'd like to one day venture into digital medium format or do more helicopter aerials.


If you could sum up your style in one photograph what photo would it be?

It's hard to pick one, but ideally I like to combine skylines and a one of a kind element (lightning, rainbow, etc):

http://pittsburghskyline.com/images/...ine_com_07.jpg

Doing this is rarely possible, so if I don't have the time or opportunities to wait for something like that to happen, I love the "flattened depth" of scenes like this:

http://metroscenes.com/newyorkcity/i...nes.com_94.jpg


Talk about your inspirations and influences.

Downtown Pittsburgh was/is my inspiration. I remember my Dad taking me to the top of US Steel tower as a kid sometime in the late 80s and thinking how special it was. If I didn't grow up close to Pittsburgh, I'm not sure I would of had the interest in cities and their skylines.

When I joined SSP in 2003, being able to share my photos and getting positive responses was definitely encouraging.


Where have you not been that you want to photograph?

West Coast- San Francisco particularly.

Talk about your most popular (in your opinion) photothreads.

The bigger, more admired cities like New York and Chicago get the most attention, I think. I had 9 days to capture NYC in 2007 for my most popular thread. I wish I could always visit for longer durations and devote more time to maximize the diversity of photographs.


Talk about your photothreads that didn't get the response you wanted.

Sometimes the Pittsburgh ones don't get a whole lot of attention. I don't post as much as before on SSP so sometimes I think they might be overlooked.

I'm always trying to cram in as much as possible when I go back home to PA, so I'm not always satisfied with what I can photograph.


Any tips or personal wisdom you'd like to pass on to others?

If you are shooting with an SLR, get the best lenses you can afford. They will stay around longer than the camera bodies.


Who should we ask these questions of next?

I'm always envious of KCGridlock's helicopter aerials around the US.

peanut gallery Jun 10, 2010 4:57 AM

Yes and yes! Those are two amazing shots and show why I love your photos so much, especially the Pittsburgh threads. Please come out to SF! The results would be amazing.

flar Jun 10, 2010 12:59 PM

We've come to expect interesting images with absolutely top-notch technical proficiency from Flash. Definitely one of the very best photographers posting on SSP.

Doady Jun 17, 2010 4:01 AM

Is that it? I enjoy reading these.

volguus zildrohar Jun 24, 2010 3:37 AM

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Originally Posted by flar (Post 4872625)
We've come to expect interesting images with absolutely top-notch technical proficiency from Flash. Definitely one of the very best photographers posting on SSP.

Absolutely. I'll second KCGridlock as well.

ue Jun 24, 2010 4:30 AM

So where's KCGridlock?

I checked his/her profile to see when he/she was last on, over a month ago...

Ayreonaut Jun 24, 2010 4:48 AM

He pretty much only comes on to post threads, then takes off again. I think we should do another one until he returns, because that may well be several more months away.

ue Jun 24, 2010 5:19 AM

yep, mind as well keep the flow going until he comes back on and then do his interview.

dktshb Jun 27, 2010 5:30 PM

How about giallo or Kilgore Trout???

xzmattzx Jun 28, 2010 12:29 AM

I just went in this thread for the first time and I like the idea of interviewing the best photographers on here. It's nice to find out what the photographers thought were their best works and what responses surprised them.

HomeInMyShoes Jul 1, 2010 12:47 PM

I'll try to get KevinFromTexas or flar to fire off a regular email for KCGridlock.

diskojoe Jul 1, 2010 2:37 PM

You should ask I am hydrogen. hes a regular and would send back comments to you. plus his hdr's are some of the best out there.

ue Jul 2, 2010 3:31 PM

Or maybe we could just get Flash to pick again considering it was his choice?

diskojoe Jul 5, 2010 9:09 PM

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Originally Posted by edmontonenthusiast (Post 4898296)
Or maybe we could just get Flash to pick again considering it was his choice?

good call on that.


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