Summer Blues

It’s hot outside, the light is harsh and the landscape is no longer lush and vibrant. So what’s a photographer to do? Over the next few weeks, I’ll guide you through a few of my favorite summertime photography locations in Charlottesville.

First off is the downtown mall. Things are hopping here in the evenings. The sun is up late so you have good to decent light until 8:30 – 9p. There are lots of people, architecture, vendors, street performers, reflections, abstracts and the list goes on! 

The sun bursts through the trees for starbursts, dramatic light, and shadows. The atmosphere varies from upbeat descending to calm and peaceful as night approaches. Cooler temperatures are a pleasant respite from the day’s heat.

This is great practice for any trips you may be taking over the summer. Practice street shooting in your own backyard. Come back often for different lighting, weather conditions and to challenge yourself to find new and interesting compositions.

Then reward yourself with ice cream from Chaps! They validate parking also, so it’s a twofer.

If you’re a slug like me and need some motivation to get out shooting, join me starting next week for my Travel/Street Photography class through PVCC. For more information on the class click on the link below for the summer catalog at PVCC and go to page 6 for a description of the class.

So get out to the downtown mall and enjoy photographing one of Charlottesville’s lively locations.



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