West Side Story

This evening Tara Thean joined me in West Cambridge for a photo shoot. I have been living out here for three and a half years, and very rarely taken photos here, so I felt it was time to change that. For those that have never gone beyond the new Sports Centre, here is the West Side Story.

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I was testing the light while Tara was having a think what pose to strike on the fence. This shot is quite demanding on the camera, as there is a huge difference in brightness between the sun in the background and Tara in the foreground. I made sure the sun was not overexposed, then lifted the shadows in Photoshop.
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The reason Tara was on the fence was so that I could get her silhouetted against the sky, and as here, with the sun lighting up her skirt.
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I have walked and run past this derelict-looking building many times, so it was fun to finally use it as a backdrop. I like how Tara’s pose incorporates the two on the wooden door in the background.
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The bridge shot from a central perspective gives lines leading towards the centre. I picked a slightly lower angle to give Tara more space against the sky.
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This is another spot that I have run past many times and wanted to photograph. I like how the road leads away in the background. Tara fits nicely into the scene.
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This is perhaps my favourite photo from the evening’s photo shoot. I like the pose, and the depth that all the trees provide.
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Just a quick portrait. Originally we had planned on having Tara jump, but the bridge was not wide enough for me to be able to frame her with a 50 mm lens.
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Playing around with a longer exposure to get the truck in the background blurry. This photo was shot with 1/10 second handheld, which is too long to get it tack sharp, but it was fun to play with it. The rule of thumb on a full frame sensor is 1/50 seconds for a 50 mm lens.
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The sun had set, and we decided to do a few shots using the street lights on our way back. There is a lot of construction work going on here, but the place is quite empty after sunset.
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Here I am moving in closer to better capture the pose.
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One last shot for the evening while waiting for Tara’s taxi.

West Cambridge is not all empty, there are things to photograph out here also. I only have a few more days left in this apartment, so I am happy I had a chance to capture the location while I still live here. Many thanks to Tara Thean!

– Johannes

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