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The People of St. Patricks Day

ISO800 50mm f/8.0 1/2000sec

I made it downtown for a little bit today, and was able to grab some shots of the festivities that were to be had. Wanted to post a quick mini series from the shots of the day before heading out with friends.

A Safe and Happy St. Patricks day to all!!

ISO800 50mm f/8.0 1/250sec

ISO800 50mm f/8.0 1/1000sec

ISO200 50mm f/8 1/1000sec

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32 thoughts on “The People of St. Patricks Day

  1. Great captures! I love street photography. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to ‘ya!

  2. Oh, it’s St Patrick’s Day! I completely forgot to send my better half a card to GR. He is not only of Irish background but his name is Patrick as well. Great photos!

  3. Some great shots. Why did you choose ISO of 800? I am guessing bad early light.

    • Hey Richard! Yea when Im shooting street shots downtown I typically shoot at 1600. Often times I bracket when Im out shoot, and on top of that I wander in and out of darker alley ways, or in the shadows of tall buildings and don’t want to miss a shot due to low shutter speeds at my 1 over bracket. Im not afraid of a little noise in my images, its as Jay Maisel say “Im more interested in picture quality than pixel quality”. Yesterday it was just a tad to bright to run around at 1600 so I thought I would experiment at 800, and still benefit from the lightning fast shutter speed to capture the ever moving downtown 🙂 Theres a bit of method to my madness. Whether anyone can understand it, I don’t know. haha So there you have it my long answer for your short question 😉 Thanks again Richard

  4. Lovely street photos! Did you do the selective colorization in-camera or afterwards?

    • Afterwards, in Lightroom. Im normally not a fan of selective color, and in most of my people street shots I prefer to just go straight black and white. However in spirit of St. Pattys day I decided to go with a more desaturated selective green. Thanks again for another great question. I love seeing someone so filled with curiosity, it may have killed the cat but for a creative its the only way to live!

  5. One of these days I’ll learn how to do the processing that you’ve done here. What software did you use?

    • Hey Bella. I used Lightroom 3. Its pretty simple actually, I cut the saturation down for all the colors but green and then desaturated the green to a point where it was more muted, rather than going for the typical selective color image. After that for most, I bumped up the contrast, and added a bit of clarity, finishing off with a vignette to focus attention. Thanks for the question, I love sharing the process.

  6. I love the removal of all the colors except green. A great photo. 😀

  7. PHOTOS! Great photoS!

  8. Sonel on said:

    Wow! Stunning captures! 🙂

  9. I’m not normally a fan of spot colour but I think these look great. Probably because you’ve kept the saturation low even for the green? Nice.

  10. Great photos. Didn’t get a chance to go to our parade, which is the second largest in the states and had Vice President Joe Biden here. It was so crowed and could”t get near the parade. Should have left earlier. Missed opportunity.


    • Yea I dont think we have a parade out here, but its kind of a zoo downtown with all the drunkards “walking” the streets. Bummer you missed the parade. Thanks again.

  11. Well done – nice captures. I have to try your hi-ISO method one of these days..
    And in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day: “May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whiskey, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.”

    Keep shooting!

  12. I really like the green color details on your black and white photos. Great idea

  13. Or were they color photos at first?

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