April and I were on an anniversary trip to Atlanta in August of 2012. We’ve done this a few times for a quick weekend with a Braves game and a trip to 2 Urban Licks for dinner. We spent a day at the Coca Cola museum and the Atlanta Aquarium, and I happened to have my 35mm camera loaded with Fuji Acros (ISO 100) B&W film. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I knew that I could capture almost anything in the mid-day sun with this film.

After the museum, we walked through the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. I had recently finished a photography book called “Photographically Speaking” by David duChemin. There were several shots from this roll of film that are clearly inspired by the book.

This image has strong vertical lines and repetition that gives balance. I also like the juxtaposition of the modern block building between the Greek style torch structures symbolizing the Olympics. I haven’t tried printing & matting this yet, so I don’t know if it will make the cut for the print list.

The image above has the same strong vertical lines, but the curves seem to soften it a bit. I also like how the clouds act like smoke coming from the torch.

If you are a photographer that is comfortable with the skills needed to capture the image that you want – this book will help you develop a sense of using elements to make your images stronger. Basically, it helps you speak using photographic elements.

The book has a an exercise that you can complete after each section. Mine is bookmarked for each one. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. I highly recommend it!

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