Profiles + Silhouettes

I left work around noon today to enjoy the overdue spring weather in St. Paul. I biked home, read a book in the park, and finally grabbed my camera to stroll around Lowertown without a subject in mind.

Before long I got a decent silhouette, so I decided to focus on capturing more profiles and silhouettes while I was out.

Timothy Pate photography First silhouette, inside Union Station

It turns out shooting silhouettes made street photography a little bit easier. I was taking photos from behind most of my subjects, so I avoided the awkwardness of facing people I didn’t know or who weren’t expecting to be photographed.

Timothy Pate photography Waiting at Union Station, Part I

Timothy Pate photographyWaiting at Union Station, Part II

My favorite shot came when a young women cruised by on her skateboard. The original shot was a bit dark, but I cleaned it up in Lightroom.

Timothy Pate photographyWe’ll call this one “Pro Skater”

I learned a little something today that should put into perspective what an amateur I am. When I went to take these photos, I set my camera to shoot in monochrome. I hadn’t shot much in black and white, so I wanted to see what difference it made. However, I also was shooting in RAW format. RAW files capture everything that the camera sees; and the camera doesn’t actually see the world in black and white, even when you’re shooting in monochrome. So, I had to revert these images to black and white in Lightroom to get the effect I wanted.

I’m hoping to do more street photography, especially as the days get longer and warmer. I’ll try to remember to post here, and we’ll see how it goes!

One response to “Profiles + Silhouettes”

  1. […] I mentioned in my last post, I do have a fear of taking people I don’t know but who know I’m photographing them. […]


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