Scott Loftesness http://sjl.us Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Rebecca http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/rebecca.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/rebecca.html#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:26:40 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=9003
Rebecca - New York - 2015

Rebecca – New York – 2015

I took this image on the last morning of our Peter Turnley workshop in New York. Rebecca was looking out the window and the natural light was just perfect for a portrait.

Shot with my Fujifilm X100T.

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4th of July http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/4th-of-july.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/4th-of-july.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:14:14 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8994 Red White and Blue - San Francisco - 2015

I was in San Francisco today for some street photography with my friend Doug Kaye. After a lovely lunch at Café de la Presse, a French bistro at the corner of Grant and Bush (next to the Leica SF Store!), we were walking down Grant when this woman walked quickly by us – all dressed up in the Happy Birthday America spirit!

Happy Birthday America indeed – hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!

Happy Birthday America! - San Francisco - 2015

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Abraham http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/abraham.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/abraham.html#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:45:30 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8992 Abraham - New York - 2015

Last Friday, in New York’s Central Park, we came across a father and his two sons singing hymns in this underground terrace. Their singing was majestic – and I captured a few images of them singing. This is one of my favorites – Abraham.

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With Peter Turnley in New York City http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/with-peter-turnley-in-new-york-city.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/07/with-peter-turnley-in-new-york-city.html#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:34:25 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8986 DSCG3903

Last week I participated in one of Peter Turnley’s Streets of New York Workshops. I’ve been to a number of photography workshops over the last few years – but this one with Peter was quite special.

Peter’s workshop was all about celebrating life – and using the camera to capture life as it evolves right in front of you. As one who has shot a lot of street photography, I appreciated his distinction between street candids – shot anonymously from a distance – and street portraits that are shot while directly engaging with the subject.

I spent the first two days of the workshop frustrated – as I wasn’t confident enough to engage with anyone. On the third day – our trip out to Coney Island – it all clicked for me and I had a great time interacting with people who were just enjoying themselves – as I was – at the beach.

Watching Peter work, he brings a wonderful balance to his approach – one that both is disarming in how he approaches someone on the street and then very serious as he does his work – shooting perhaps 20-30 images once he’s secured their agreement.

Peter brings his life experiences as a photography into the workshop – adding real depth and meaning to the experience. This was a beautiful workshop experience for me – one that I highly recommend. You can view my images from the workshop here on Flickr.

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Exploring New York City Streets with the Fujifilm X100T http://sjl.us/main/2015/06/exploring-new-york-city-streets-with-the-fujifilm-x100t.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/06/exploring-new-york-city-streets-with-the-fujifilm-x100t.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:49:54 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8979 DSCG4964

I’m just back from a beautiful week of street photography in New York City. Here’s the story about this remarkable week.

My friend Doug Kaye and I happened to learn about photographer Peter Turnley during a visit last fall to the new Leica Store in San Francisco. Their first exhibition was of Peter’s work – and we were truly struck by his wonderful work, all displayed in black and white prints.

After that visit to the Leica Store gallery, we began learning more about Peter and his work – and about his workshops. Sometime late last year we both decided to sign up for Peter’s New York City workshop to be held in June 2015. Doug and I had thought we were pretty much done with workshops – but we both really appreciated Peter’s work so we signed up. We weren’t disappointed – this was a beautiful workshop, one which I would highly recommend.

I’m still thinking about the teachings Peter shared with us during the week – and will post more about that soon. Meanwhile, here are a few of the images that resulted from Peter’s encouragement – all shot with my Fujifilm X100T.

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Exploring San Francisco Streets with the Fujifilm X100T http://sjl.us/main/2015/06/exploring-san-francisco-streets-with-the-fujifilm-x100t.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/06/exploring-san-francisco-streets-with-the-fujifilm-x100t.html#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:59:05 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8971 Market Street - San Francisco - 2015

I’m now in my sixth month of dedicated street shooting with the Fujifilm X100T. When I began this journey, it was to help me prepare for a workshop with Peter Turnley coming up later this month in New York City. I decided I wanted to try to this particular workshop with a minimalist set of gear – and my choice of “weapon” was the lovely Fujifilm X100T.

Why the X100T? It’s a nearly perfect camera for street photography – in my opinion. Small, yet powerful in terms of image capture. Minimalist in terms of only two potential lens focal lengths in my case – the native 35mm equivalent and the TCL-100 conversion lens which offers an optional 50mm equivalent. The built-in 3 stop neutral density filter allows me to shoot nearly wide open – for a very shallow depth of field – in even bright sunlight. It’s just a magical combination for street work.

Here are a few recent examples from last week – out shooting on the San Francisco streets with my friend Doug Kaye. Hope you enjoy!

Thumb - San Francisco - 2015

Absorbed - San Francisco - 2015

Slice - San Francisco - 2015

Distracted - San Francisco - 2015

Glow - San Francisco - 2015

Composing - San Francisco - 2015

Tadich - San Francisco - 2015

Purple Shades - San Francisco - 2015

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On the Streets and Waterways of Sydney http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-and-waterways-of-sydney.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-and-waterways-of-sydney.html#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 05:10:51 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8966 IMG_4219.jpg

It doesn’t get much better than a week in Sydney, Australia. Here are some images from a recent visit – shot with a combination of my Fujifilm X100T and my iPhone 6.

My full album from Sydney is here on Flickr.

Enjoy!

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Little Man - Balmoral - 2015

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That Moment - Sydney - 2015

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Beach - Manly - 2015

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On the Streets of Auckland http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-auckland.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-auckland.html#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 02:26:40 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8960 Watching - Auckland - 2015

On a recent trip to Sydney, I opted to travel for the first time with Air New Zealand – connecting in Auckland to Sydney and, on the return, spending an overnight in Auckland before heading home to San Francisco.

I had literally about an hour on the streets of Auckland with my Fujifilm X100T. I put the X100T into monochrome JPEG mode – with the red filter and cranking up both Shadows and Highlights to +2. The monochromes are extra contrasty – and I also dialed down Sharpness a bit further emulating a film-like effect.

I look forward to getting back to New Zealand for more photography. Air New Zealand is a great airline – they do a great job and their 777-300ER cabins are a delight.

Stuff - Auckland - 2015

Queen Street - Auckland - 2015

Friday Afternoon - Auckland - 2015

Champions - Auckland - 2015

Pier 1 - Auckland - 2015

Not Tea Time - Auckland - 2015

Solo - Auckland - 2015

Boots and Sneakers - Auckland - 2015

Waiting - Auckland - 2015

Drive - Auckland - 2015

High Fashion - Auckland - 2015

Barber Cut - Auckland - 2015

Queen's Arcade - Auckland - 2015

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Glance - Auckland - 2015

Waiting - Auckland - 2015

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On the Streets of London http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-london.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-london.html#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 01:31:33 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8950 Along the Wall

I was in London this week for a hectic few days of business meetings.

Wasn’t able to get any serious street photography time, unfortunately, but did capture a few fun images with both my Fujifilm X!00T and my ever present iPhone 6 shooting out the taxi window.

Hope you enjoy!

Pink - London - 2015

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BMW - London - 2015

Green Park - London - 2015

Sly - London - 2015

Westminster - London - 2015

Heading Home - London - 2015

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On the Streets of San Francisco: An Hour in Noe Valley http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-san-francisco-an-hour-in-noe-valley.html http://sjl.us/main/2015/05/on-the-streets-of-san-francisco-an-hour-in-noe-valley.html#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 03:58:57 +0000 http://sjl.us/?p=8943 Flower Stand - Noe Valley - 2015

I wasn’t able to do much photography this week – and felt a need to both get out to shoot – and just to exercise! I love walking with my camera in my hand – looking for the light, beautiful backgrounds, and great people. My muse today was the recently published book “See San Francisco” by Victoria Smith. She lives in San Francisco’s Noe Valley – and the first chapter in her book is based there.

24th Street was my playground. I was lucky and found a close by parking spot on Jersey Street, just south of 24th. It was a beautiful early afternoon in San Francisco – and I had a great time exploring this new territory for me with my Fujifilm X100T.

Hope you enjoy these images!

Noe Valley - San Francisco - 2015

Glance - Noe Valley - 2015

Ricochet - Noe Valley - 2015

Complete Auto Repair - Noe Valley - 2015

Glow - Noe Valley - 2015

Dream - Noe Valley - 2015

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