Project – Doors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/10 f/10 ISO 320


Whenever I photograph, I always have some photo projects in the back of my mind. With these projects, I always have something to fall back on when I’m not feeling particularly inspired. With that in mind, I try to keep these projects fairly simple. They are always ongoing. Some of them really don’t pan out and others just take some time to build up a decent collection. The one thing that I have had the most success with are doors.


Enter If You Dare – New Orleans


The two photos above were from Charleston, SC & New Orleans respectively. It was never really much of a challenge in either of those cities to find really great subjects. It felt like cheating. I certainly am aware that the “door” thing has been done before, but that never stopped me from taking a photo. And when your project is simple, you can pretty much get a few shots wherever you might be. In the above cities, I could nearly spend an entire day just photographing doors. But sometimes, you just run across something interesting when you’re not looking.



I will most certainly make a book of these one day, at the very least just for myself. I am always thinking of new minor projects like these and I just build a collection over time. That’s the cool thing about these kinds of projects – no deadlines, no timetable – just shooting for myself.


Time, In The Hands Of Us

Thanks to digital photography, there are no regrets in stopping to take a quick photo of a scene like this. I find myself doing this often as I stroll through the streets of a new city. It’s scenes like this, small vignettes, that simply point to the character of a place, that sometimes tell more of a story than a wide open photo of some of the great architecture or landmarks of that location. I like those as well. But I keep going back to many of the “quick takes” from my batch of photos and finding many that I really like.


Rusted fence and ferns - New Orleans


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Settings: 58mm Focal Length, 1/20 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 800

Single shot, hand-held here with image stabilization ON. This about exceeds the limit for any hand-held shots at 1/20. I still had fair sharpness overall where I wanted. This was processed entirely in Lightroom. I used The Split Toning feature in LR to get the vintage color effect. I have always loved that feature.

Lights On The Mississippi

Every once in a while, I like to go out of focus just a bit in a photograph. This one was taken along the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Personally, I like the way the blur blends all the colored lights together from the boat and the bridge to give just an impression of the scene.


Riverboats and lights on the Mississippi River - New Orleans


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Settings: 70mm Focal Length, 1/10 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 400

This is one shot. I was on a tripod and the scene was quite dark. I switched to manual focus and backed it out of focus just enough to make the lights glow a bit, but not enough for the scene to become totally unrecognizable. The post was done completely in Lightroom, simply adding some saturation and correcting the white balance.