Meet Sean Fitzgerald at the north end of the Strand to begin a walk to streets with interesting details and abstract possibilities as well as street life full of decisive moments for you to capture. Sean will explain his thoughts on street macro photography and how to look for and shoot tiny urban details and turn them into large scale abstracts that tell a story (and look great on your wall)! And Sean will show you how travel and street photographers capture compelling images.
Once known as the “Wall Street of the Southwest”, Galveston’s famed avenue, The Strand, anchors the historic downtown. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its outstanding collection of 19th century architecture.
Equipment Needed: Bring a camera with a macro or close-focusing lens, if possible. If you don’t have a close focusing lens, you can use a telephoto and decrease your focusing distance with the use of an inexpensive 25 or 35mm extension tube or a much more expensive close-focusing filter. Some telephoto like the newer Canon 100-400 can focus extremely close, especially with an extension tube. If you have something like the Canon 24-70 with a macro mode, that can also work quite well. Sean would recommend a tripod for most heavier camera and lens combinations along with a cable release. We will mostly photograph abstract subjects in the shade, so flash or LED panels are not strictly necessary. I would also recommend bringing a wide angle lens to shoot an abstract macro subject in the foreground while capturing the street scene in the background. And a general zoom lens works quite well for capturing people and action on the streets.
Must be able to walk for 8-10 city blocks.
Driving directions and the exact meeting location will be emailed to you prior to the trip.