As I’ve mentioned before, I traveled to NYC on this photo trip with some very specific ideas for images in my head. I knew there would be a lot of great opportunities I couldn’t possibly anticipate, but it really helps to be prepared.
This is one of those images I had in my head before the trip. Usually, the idea is loosely translated into the final image, simply because an opportunity will represent itself however it wants and you don’t get to pick placement of people/objects in candid street photography. But in this case, the end result is almost exactly what I’d imagined. Antonio was just in the right place at the right time for me.
To get this shot (and many others like it) I positioned myself on a street corner, leaning against the pole of a stoplight. In NYC, you’ll see a lot of interesting characters if you just chill on a street corner for a while. I mean, you can run about the city like a maniac chasing down interesting subjects if you like, but it’s much more enjoyable, and relaxing, doing it my way. And it gives you time to compose your shot carefully and anticipate the subject’s movement as they walk towards you on the street.
Processing, as usual, was done completely in Lightroom. I started out with my custom Lightroom preset, Grayscale, Portrait 2. (I’ll make this preset available for download soon.) I then added a graduated filter to increase exposure in the top of the frame, tweaked the grayscale mix, and then I brushed in exposure adjustments on the subject and the background for visual separation.