The Alley

Lately I’ve been experimenting with still-life and scenic type photography, where I use my tripod and take a long time composing the shot. I like the added ability a tripod gives you to be able to produce very sharp images in low light.

There is a pair of shoes hanging in the alleyway behind my house that I’ve been wanting to photograph for some time. The lighting wasn’t exactly how I wanted it today, but I thought I’d give it a go anyways.

I took two photos (with multiple tries per photo). This first photo is zoomed in closer which makes the shoes the primary focus, but I think I like the second one better with the full view of the alley. What do you think?



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Still life.

Gregory Crewdson  is one of my favorite artists. He takes amazing still life type photos using elaborate lighting and an 8×10 format film camera. The end result is incredible.

This year I got a tripod from my family for Christmas and I was feeling inspired by my current home of Los Angeles to try and take some similar photos. The three you see below were all taken after dark, but I can’t wait to do some twilight/sunset shots. There are tons of locations I’ve seen while out running all over the city that I’d love photograph in this way.

For these photos I used my Nikon D40 with a 18-70mm lens on my tripod. The exposures were between 8 and 20 seconds.