Morning Commute Series Continues

My morning commute series continues. I have read many times that intentionally photographing a series of the same subject or scene, by forcing yourself to photograph the same thing again and again, you can actually make yourself more creative.

A photo theme simply means creating a set of photographs that are related in some way, whether it be through subject, color or re-occurring pattern. By defining a series, morning commute I was not required to constantly come up with a new subject or idea for each morning; once a theme’s subject had been established, I only needed to find a new creative view.  This allowed me to concentrate on what’s really important…taking an interesting photo.

While I am not always photography the same scene, I have been using my morning walk to work to see, to be awake and aware of my beautiful city. The thirty minutes a day, has defined my series, and to be honest it has provided the motivation to walk despite what seems like a very long very cold winter.

I appreciate hearing from you, as a photographer, artist or writer are you working on a series?  Why not introduce yourself and provide a link to your series.


Morning Commute


Images from my morning commute. We have been finding new streets to stroll along on our way to the office, and I am enjoying seeing different parts of the city that we don’t get to see on a regular basis.

Downtown Calgary changes very little from day to day, but the weather does change just how it looks, one day soon I hope to see a sunrise again, not just the frost on the windows and snow on the street. The traffic does inspire me, maybe one day next week I will carry a tripod and do some long exposures.

Calgary has some wonderful sculptures, and public art and too often we race to the office, or run from place to place to get our chores done and miss the beauty of where we live. I am enjoying working on this morning commute series, it has re-energized my photography, and it has helped me to see my city again.

Are you working on photo series; if so tell us a little about it and provide a link in the comments so we  can check it out.

Photographing Budapest traffic

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Chain Bridge and the evening traffic; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
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Szabadsag Bridge and the trams at night; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Szabadsag Bridge and the trams; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

The old style trams in Budapest, and the traffic flow on and off the bridges of this city made for fun! Each time I headed out into the traffic with my camera and tripod I would hear a voice over my shoulder “be careful”  It was all pretty safe once I reached the center island. The island, a cement curb raised a few inches above the pavement provided a one meter spot, out of the traffic to stand, safe as can be, honest!  The tram drivers often waived when they went by.

The Chain bridge was pretty easy, cars were coming and going at a regular rate, it was a matter of getting a balance of red and white lights.  The first photo of the Szabadság bridge took a little longer.  Two trams in opposite direction at the same point on the bridge at this time of day was just not happening. I must have been there about 45 minutes. It never did  happen as I had envisioned it.  I finally settled on two long exposures, and blended them together.

The third photo happened very soon quickly after I set up my camera, so soon,  I had time for a coffee before meeting Bill as scheduled.  The night before the trams did not ever meet on the same spot on the bridge, so I thought I would spend 30 – 40 minutes waiting, taking photos I could use for a composition, but just like that, before I knew it, there were two trams in front of me! Great Glee, it doesn’t take much to make my day!!!

So there you have it, the results of me standing in traffic!

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