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Recommended: Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban

Paris Views

Earlier this week I listened to Valérie Jardin’s Street Focus podcast with her interview of Gail Albert Halaban, author of Paris Views. Valérie’s weekly podcast is one of my favorites in the photography genre – and this episode was extra special as the two of them explored Gail’s work shooting neighborhood scenes – into neighbor’s windows – with Gail shooting with the permission of both sides. After listening to the podcast, I checked out Gail’s website and some of her other work.

After listening and then looking at Gail’s work, I checked out Gail’s website and some of her other work and then ordered a copy of Paris Views – which arrived today. It’s a stunner!

I’ve bought a lot of photography books over the last few years – but this one was different. All too often, I flip through the pages quickly – just scanning for interesting composition, light, gesture – and put the book away for future reference.

With Paris Views, I slowed down – each of her images makes you just want to see and explore the details. The book is beautifully printed by her publisher Aperture and you find yourself just wanting to spend time – taking the time to see what she’s captured.

Gail’s created a wonderful body of work with Paris Views – and a beautiful book with wonderful views with the light, textures, and people of Paris.

Gail’s new project is called “Meet Your Neighbor” – she writes: “I photograph from one window to another with the consent of both parties. I am doing this all over the world.” Maybe you’d like to participate?

If you want to explore Paris street photography, I highly recommend spending a week on the streets of Paris with Valérie. I spent a very special week with her and a great group of colleagues last fall – doesn’t get much better! Here’s my album of images from that trip. Check out her Paris workshop schedule.

Filoli is Blossoming for 2015

Signs of Spring - Filoli - 2015

I’m fortunate to live about 15 minutes away from Filoli – with its country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate in Woodside, California. Each year, about this time, Filoli opens for the season – and this was the first weekend the estate was open this year.

I enjoy walking the gardens at Filoli at different times of years. The seasons really sweep across the gardens as different plants and trees flower and blossom. On this first weekend, the bulb flowers – daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, etc. were blooming – but the trees were still waiting for more springtime light to spread their blossoms.

That said, I did capture this one image of early blossoms emerging. Shot with my Fujifilm X100T with the TCL-100 conversion lens.

Sunrise – Mount Thielsen

Sunrise - Mount Thielsen - 2013

Tonight I was looking back through my Lightroom archive and came across this image. It’s from the summer of 2013 when I was driving up to Bend, Oregon for a workshop with Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf. I stayed overnight in Klamath Falls and got up early to drive to Crater Lake before heading on to Bend.

Crater Lake itself was amazing – but the drive out to the north brought this view of Mount Thielsen which was hard to pass up. This is one of those images that really takes me back to the moment in time when I was there. Part of the joy of photography is re-experiencing these moments!

Red

Red - San Francisco - 2015

Along the streets in San Francisco, it’s always interesting when we can catch the sun beaming done parallel to the street itself. This is an example of an image taken under those conditions.

I was shooting with my Fujifilm X100T – standing at curbside after having noticed this lovely brick wall with the sun/shadow combination. I was waiting for someone interesting to walk into this particular “stage” – when this woman appeared.

It’s a combination of seeing the place and getting lucky with the actors!

That Glance

Glance - San Francisco - 2015

My friend Doug Kaye and I were back out on the streets of San Francisco yesterday – after a couple of weeks away. Doug went to Cuba – helping with a people-to-people exchange program there while I was in India. Talk about being on opposite sides of the planet – but with wonderful photographic opportunities at both locataions!

One of our favorite spots in San Francisco is 101 California – and the light yesterday didn’t disappoint. This time of year, it’s mostly about reflected light – from the sun striking buildings across the street and then being reflected back into the nooks and crannies on the other side.

This is a great example. Doug and I were both drawn to this light – and waited for the right subjects to appear. I got lucky with this shot – capturing her glancing back and him – and him with his glasses in his hand looking at her.

It’s all about gesture (thanks Jay Maisel!).

Up Top – Crossing the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata

Up Top - Kolkata - 2015

When I was in Kolkata, India, we went for an excursion across the Howrah Bridge – to the big train station on the other side. I was shooting with my iPhone 6 out the car window – and captured this “up top” image. I loved the subtle color in the image – and decided to leave in color rather than converting it to monochrome.

It’s one of my favorites from the trip!

Walk My Way

Walk My Way - Kolkata - 2015

Shooting out of the car window with an iPhone can be challenging – but it’s also a lot of fun when things come together. This image was shot from the car window with my iPhone 6 on my last day in Kolkata, India. I happened to see him ahead through the front window and fired off a lucky shot. The iPhone 6 helps makes us all great photographers! It’s all about the moment.

Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller

Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller

Tonight I attended the talk by Raúl Cañibano – one of Cuba’s great photographers – at an event at Foothill College organized by Ron Herman. I spent a week in Havana two years ago – in January 2013 – and Raúl was one of the photographers we worked with. He’s an amazing street photographer to watch – very quick on the trigger, knows his settings and image dimensions – and makes beautiful images.

This new exhibition of his work by Ron Herman is beautifully done. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in this kind of monochrome street and fine art photography, be sure to check out this exhibition!

A Tailor in Kolkata, India

Tailor - Kolkata - 2015

While out wandering one of the neighborhoods in Kolkata on Sunday, I came across this tailor toiling away at his sewing machine in his tiny shop. Shot with my Fujifilm X100T and processed using VSCO Film 04.

Below is a color version – processed using the Kodak Portra 400 film in VSCO Film 06.

Tailor #2 - Kolkata - 2015