Downtown L.A. - Across The Street Series

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by edwardconde, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hi All,

    A couple of weeks ago, I took a trek into downtown Los Angeles. I got there around 6:30am and stuck around till about noon. I walked the streets of Chinatown and explored areas I had never been too. During that photo walk, I was able to capture all kinds of different scenes. As I was going through my images, I started to notice themes in the way I shot that morning. This is one of those themes I call "Across The Street".

    I primarily used my E-P3 w/ Oly45, but a few were captured with the OM-D w/ Panny14mm. Images were LSF JPegs, processed with Luminance for iOS.

    Waiting for something to happen....

    Against The Wall, Wait To Cross

    Dragon Crossing

    No Photo Please!

    G G Market

    Connect 4...

    Bus Stop Confession...

    Walking the streets so early in the morning was nice. I really enjoyed the streets.

    I have just created a new website that is going to be dedicated to street photography. The site is hosted on Tumblr and it is called: unorthodox streets.

    Thanks for viewing...:wink:
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  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    like the shots... though not convinced by the processing... I assume you are going for that 1970's look of "I just processed my first roll of film in my kitchen and here are the prints from my darkroom in the bathroom"


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  3. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah that's the look. Faded black n white. I just really dig the look!
  4. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Some more from another recent visit to downtown L.A. This is becoming my favorite POV for early morning photowalks...






    These are just a several that I shot and posted... I used my E-PL5 & 14mm Panny ... great combo
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  5. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    For whatever reason I like the second series better. It's a little more unique and I like how the diorama effect leads you down to the in focus area. Either way, I am familiar with that neighborhood. That market at 700 N Broadway has been there for a long time. And that to me is a notable shot.

    The processing on the first set reminds me of Kodak BW400CN. Never really liked that look. Too much grey, some call this a modern look. Something about the chromogenic dye clouds that just does not click for me, advantages or not. I'd try shooting for more of a Tri-x look. Anyway, aside from the processing on that first batch which does not work form me, I love the subject matter on both series, as well as the concept/theme. Across the street works well, especially in that second set. Keep this coming... please. As much as I don't miss Los Angeles, I miss Los Angeles. You have almost and almost endless sprawl of possibilities for this series there!
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  6. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks! Yeah I decided to go with a different look on this series. Adding a tilt/diorama look to it is what made the images for me. I plan on extending this series and this POV.

    Thanks again for the honest commentary. Really appreciate it.
  7. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    I believe that I have actually dined at the New Dragon Seafood Restaurant late on one VERY busy Saturday evening two years ago. It only has a B rating; however the food was excellent. If you desire images with plenty of texture and character; ask the owner for permission to go to the kitchen.

    I enjoyed the images. Thank you for sharing them.
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  8. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not exactly Downtown L.A., but still L.A. These are from a Saturday morning walk around Santa Monica. For those that know the area, this is around 2nd / 3rd street and Ocean Ave.

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  9. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    I went back downtown this morning with my friend... It was around 7:45am when we got off the Metro Red Line on 7th & Flower... Here are some that I have processed so far.... A couple from inside the metro car shooting through the glass & a couple from the streets...
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  10. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have got around to processing some more from my last trip to the Fashion District:

    I am trying some color on some of these images….





    Here are some interesting stuff I found on the walk…



    There is a lot more that I have processed on my Flickr or if you have a tablet and Flipboard installed click here:

    Thanks for viewing...
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  11. mievil

    mievil Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2013
    San Diego
    1st set I really dig the connect 4 shot. But I agree that the lightness of all the shots is not my style. However, I have a style that I like that I think others find harsh, so if you like it, run with it. :) 

    I absolutely love the "across the street" idea of the second set. Love. I think if you really followed that one you could get some fantastic series from all over the country.
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  12. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Love the second set also. There just isn't enough contrast in the first set. They just seem too two dimensional for me.
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  13. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Nice set of photos. I'm not digging the old black and white of the first group, but overall, nice set.
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  14. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks everyone... The faded look is something I have always liked and was experimenting with the first set. But I think the formula I used on the 2nd & 3rd B&W sets is what I am sticking with... In the first set I used mostly the OLY45, but the last couple of times, I have switched to the Panasonic 14mm to get the 28mm FOV. In some case that is too wide depending on the street I am shooting. I may go back to the 45 on my next walk around...

    Thanks again for the comments...
  15. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I like all the sets, but must agree with other that set 1 is a little flat for my liking, but if that's what you were going for, you succeeded.
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  16. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    wow these are all so great! you need to make them into a book! im digging the processing, too!
    ive yet to find my LOOK.. in general, i think you can pick my shots out because they are all garishly processed to the max and could have been taken with a $25 lil fisher price camera... does that count as a "look?" LOL!
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  17. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Zpuskas!

    Yeah for the first set that is what I was going for.. From there I started trying out other stuff.. I am constantly reworking my looks.. but I think for now I know that I like using the diorama/tiltshift tool in my street b&ws… I'd like to blend the first look and my 2nd look at some point.. :D 
  18. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks! Yeah that counts.. if thats the look you want.. I'd be interested to see some of it.. I take it is considered lo-fi in a way?

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