Project 52 Week 22: A Dabble in Street Photography

Here are a couple of shots from the streets of the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District during First Fridays. I’ve decided it’s the best place in the city for street photography, so if I’m brave enough I’ll go back for the sole purpose of practicing this fascinating genre of photography.

A local Kansas City banjo player at First Fridays.
A young man watches the crowd of people, lost in thought.

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Project 52 Week 11: Luck O’ The Irish

A big tradition in Kansas City is our St. Paddy’s Day Parade, and since it fell on a Saturday this year, we were actually able to go. One of the best places to people watch, and practice street photography, is at a parade. You can always get great pictures of the floats, cars, bands, horses, and people marching in the parade – but even better, in my opinion, is the crowd shots.

This is my favorite crowd shot from the Kansas City St. Paddy’s Day Parade. You’ve got to love the man in his military kilt, who dressed his son in Irish garb too. The emotional interaction between the two – a seemingly proud father and slightly embarrassed son – is priceless.

Day 363: One Fine Day

This year may have rang in with a very harsh winter, but it’s finishing out with surprisingly mild weather. Yesterday was another 50 degree day, so I went on my own personal photo walk over lunch. Like most photographers, I try to avoid shooting during the harsh midday light, but I came back with several photos I was happy with. This one was my favorite, because I haven’t posted anything quite like this before.

If you look closely at something as ordinary as an old building, you can find beauty. I love the textures of the bricks, vines, and door.

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Day 348: A Different Kind of Light

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of Christmas lights lately, so I decided to shoot a different kind of light. Since yesterday brought unseasonably warm temperatures, it was the perfect opportunity to set up the tripod and photograph lights at night. These neon signs light up the front of the Quaff Bar & Grill in downtown Kansas City.

The Quaff Bar & Grill, located on Broadway in downtown Kansas City, is always lit up with its bright neon signs.

Day 328: Seven Days of Thankfulness (Day 4)

In addition to my family and my job, I’m thankful for where I live. I love Kansas City – it’s not too big, not too small; most of my friends and family live nearby; and we have some great holiday traditions. The Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony tradition began 81 years ago. Believe it or not, this was the first year I’ve seen it.  And with such warm weather, it had to be one of the best years!

Fireworks light up the sky at the Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City.