The City Gray - University of Chicago Workshop Part II

Creating photographs with a narrative.

My previous post covered some of the basic ideas my fellow workshoppers and I considered on the University of Chicago campus last month. I wanted today to share with you some of the images that came from my efforts.

If you go back to my previous post and think about the rules I listed and then tried to sum those up in a single expression it might go something like this: make images with a narrative.

The story you are telling is inevitably a mix of your photographic experience and the subject, but by creating images that give the viewer someplace to go, you can invite the audience to inhabit your photo as well and populate it with their own stories. In these images I want you to come along and see the beauty of this campus as I see it.

As Ansel Adams famously said, "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."

Ida Noyes Cloisters
Ida Noyes Cloisters
The Castle Courtyard, Predawn, Reynolds Club, University of Chicago
Third Floor Staircase, Ida Noyes Hall
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II

Asymmetrical composition.

In these two photographs it was my intent to demonstrate how composing asymmetrically can aid in drawing the viewer into the photograph and onto a journey of his or her own.

The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II

Strong post-processing

At the end of the workshop, I taught a quick session on how to take a single exposure and process for "HDR-like" effects. Here is a before and after shot. Single RAW processed only in Adobe Lightroom 4.

The Throne of Rockefeller Chapel
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II

Studious.

Standing in the Ida Noyes Lobby, I had to revisit a few wooden friends of mine and continue something of a series of detail shots I have made of this very ornate bench and its carved figures.

Never stop studying, never stop learning. Always look hard for that next step.

The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II
The City Gray - The University of Chicago Workshop Part II