Anyone that knows my work, knows that I bleed not red, but the entire spectrum.
For me, color is the number one tool in composing a picture, followed by composition, light, and moments. I tend to get drawn into a scene by chum of reds, blues, and yellows and try quickly to clean it up with an anal composition and let that moment fall within the scene I’ve framed up in the four corners of my viewfinder. Sprinkle in some killer light and weird body language and I’m a happy camper.
I spent the weekend in Miami teaching the Color & Composition Leica X2 Workshop at the brand new Leica Store Miami with a small group of awesome Leica fans (see below). After showing some of my rectangles (surrounded by an inspirational show of work by Maggie Steber and more Leica you could ever want), we ventured out into the streets for some color hunting. Speaking of, I have no idea how photographers can go ever go inside in Miami…such amazing light and people watching in that town. That being said, we came back and I showed my workflow from RAW to what you see now in this post. I have a very specific way I work my photos and shared a bit of my love for Selective Color and breaking down photos by highlights/shadows, line/shape, and obviously tone/color. Post-processing is as much of how I see as say, the rule-of-thirds, which I never use.
I do love spreading the gospel of color…and it was awesome that Leica asked me to do it. The X2 is a great camera for everyday shooting – especially on the streets, and all of these photos were made with it. The goal wasn’t to sell the camera per se, but just the idea of seeing color and using it as a tool – regardless of what camera you use – but the X2 is what I carry around now when I’m not working. This thing is just plain fun to use.
If you want to participate in the next one, Leica Store Miami will be hosting yours truly again in September with very limited space, so act fast. To sign up, contact Peter Dooling or Kirsten Vignes: 305-921-4433 or E-mail them directly. See you then!