These Eyes

By: Dave

Mar 09 2016

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: California, D3100, Nikon, Nikon D3100, Photography

Aperture:f/18
Focal Length:200mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D3100

March 9, 2016: I started my current job as a freelancer, my first time ever engaging in such an endeavor. While the money was definitely better than my previous job, waiting until Friday to find out if I would be returning was never fun.

But in the end it worked out. The company won a contract for a huge client and with that came the need for more permanent employees, so I was offered the position and I’m incredibly grateful for it.

And now that I’m permanent, I’m a little more at ease and can plan things better like paying bills — or bringing my camera to work so that I can go for a walk and shoot while on lunch.

One of the reasons I enjoy where I work is the location which in this case is downtown Long Beach, CA. Heading south of the office will lead me toward the marina where I can gaze upon the Queen Mary or enjoy shopping at Shoreline Village. Going north takes me smack-dab in the middle of downtown where there is also plenty to see: brick buildings that date back to the 1930s or before, different forms of art or in the case of this picture, both at the same time.

This mural is painted on the corner of The Loft on Pine building which was built in 1903 and is home to one of the most beautiful wedding venues around. I had noticed the mural before and never got a good shot of it because, let’s face it, a smartphone only works so well. There’s no amount of zooming or framing I could have done to get a decent shot. Today, however, was a different story.

The good thing about The Loft on Pine is that it’s situated next to a parking lot so I had the freedom to move around and shoot the mural at different angles. I discovered that because the mural is so high up, it was hard to get a reasonable shot with the sun shining directly behind it.

To solve this, I just moved a bit closer and zoomed in to fill the right side of the frame while letting the building on the left fill the rest. The result is a pair of eyes that seem to be looking right at you, and the contrasting cool hue of the building offsets the mural’s warm tone.

I’m always discovering something new when I go for my lunchtime walk, and I look forward to what I may find next.

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