An Awesome Spot for a Wine Bar

How Mainstream is Photography?

I’m really in-the-bubble, so I can’t be objective about this. I’m normally good at being very objective about things, but I know if you are a hammer, everything you see is a nail. I see this all the time with people with hobbies or passions. Like, for example, if you are really into veganism, then suddenly you are able to find all this stuff around that supports your world view. You know what I mean…

Daily Photo – An Awesome Spot for a Wine Bar

I was over taking photos of that monstrous church over there before walking home. Luckily (I don’t always do this), I looked over my shoulder as I was walking down this little road with the wine bar. It seemed like kind of a cool scene, so I set up to take photos.

Naturally, people always come over and ask what I am doing. It is very confusing to many people that someone would actually like to take a photo of all this. Sometimes I feel like photography is getting very mainstream and everyone is doing it, but then again, I see very few people out doing stuff like this. And, I guess it makes it even more niche if all these people are coming over trying to figure out what I am doing.

An Awesome Spot for a Wine Bar I was over taking photos of that monstrous church over there before walking home. Luckily (I don’t always do this), I looked over my shoulder as I was walking down this little road with the wine bar. It seemed like kind of a cool scene, so I set up to take photos.Naturally, people always come over and ask what I am doing. It is very confusing to many people that someone would actually like to take a photo of all this. Sometimes I feel like photography is getting very mainstream and everyone is doing it, but then again, I see very few people out doing stuff like this. And, I guess it makes it even more niche if all these people are coming over trying to figure out what I am doing.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Looks like a cool wine bar – it is kinda funny though to see it in the light of that awesome church!

  • George

    What a contrast between the warm cozy wine bar and the cold looking church. Beautifully done. Some people are suspicious of photographers with professional cameras. They think we are spying on them I guess.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathusius/4736368899/in/set-72157613317349450/ Peter S

    Hi Trey, great photo and of course a different angle on a much photographed subject. By the way it’s not a church but the main entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice, so quite often filmed for news clips when there has been a big court case! Does the brown sky bother you? I know there’s a lot of light polution in London, especially when it’s cloudy (i.e. most of the time!) but HDR seems to make it much worse and it always ends up looking very unrealistic to me

  • http://none louis

    Thanks for the answer Trey,to yesterdays question. Today is another lesson reading between lines always look around you after every few meters as walking one way you are only looking ahead. After the last lesson you gave i made notes which i now dish out to friends that when you do photography you look up,around ,down and left and right, also carry the old 35mm slide cards i used many years back and dish them out to close friends .That is for looking through and taking it away from your eye and bringing it back as it were a lens that way you can also find the best composition. Busy bar would love a Guinness right now,nice pic thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.bfhstudios.com/blog/ Brian

    Hey Trey, I’m not so sure how mainstream it is but the number of photographers is definitely on the rise. Just go to a popular spot or an event and just make note of the number of beautiful DSLRs hanging around peoples’ necks. I think the affordability of the technology has greatly broadened the field among at least hobbyists. I remember being at Machu Picchu in 2008 and seeing an old dude with a new DSLR and he had no clue how to use it. I thought how is he the one with the nice camera and I have this ultra-zoom??

    By the way nice Beijing vid. So jealous!

  • http://www.thenightboat.com Pete Halewood

    Photography isn’t mainstream at the moment (certainly not HDR) but it is growing fast. In the UK they started a TV series last year based on digital photography called ‘How to take stunning pictures’ because of the growing number of people taking up photography in the digital age. I believe more and more people will take it up, they just need to go to special places and come away thinking ‘I really want to be able to get the absolute best pictures I can of this place’. I truly believe that everyone loves photography. If you ask someone to take a picture, they won’t say ‘No I don’t enjoy it really’ they will always try to take the best picture they can and show other people what pictures they have taken, no matter what device it was captured on. Digital photography has made it much easier for people to get quick results from their photography and to learn fast as well. I didn’t know much about photography and nothing about HDR until I really got into photography last year, so it still has a long way to go but I’m absolutely convinced it will become more and more mainstream.

  • Patrick

    Trey – Don’t know if you read my question in yesterdays comments:
    Do you ever use a flash? When? Only for non-HDR?

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo, Trey. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Sunday, if a sad one. :-)

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith Moyer

    I like the contrasts of the two scenes together. Cool Shot!
    Have a look at this amazing sunset! http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Thanks!

  • http://www.chrisharnish.com Chris Harnish

    Photography on the whole is and will continue to be mainstream. It is available everywhere. Still, most people are still just taking snapshots. High quality photography still takes a lot of craftsmanship and discipline and practice. Setting up and photographing a street scene like this is certainly not mainstream. I was in Chicago recently and there were a lot of “pro-level” cameras being hauled around. Places like this draw the best, I guess, because it is such a great place to take pictures. Yet when I am in my small hometown, I draw some attention from people who wonder why I am so interested in photographing such and such.In a way, I enjoy standing out like that, but sometimes, like in Chicago it is nice just to blend in with all the others.

  • Julie

    There are a lot of people carrying around nice DSLR set-ups who never take the camera out of “Auto.” I guess they purchase those cameras because they somehow think those cameras make their snap-shots better. A snap-shot is simply that. It requires no skill and can be taken with a $50 camera. I do not consider myself a great photographer, but I want to learn how to maximize the options my camera gives me. I have taken some nice shots, and I have taken some truly horrible shots. I am learning. I carry around a tripod because I always want to be prepared. Certainly, carrying around a tripod is not something those people do who only want to take snapshots. For this reason, I do not believe photography (As a form of art) is mainstream.

  • Andrea Boyle

    Interesting photo. The blue color of the church/justice building almost gives it a Disneyland quality with the surrounding context. (Sorry. I hope I don’t offend anyone with that comment.) I also noticed the guy in front of the bar (4th person from left)has lost his head off his neck. Dang.. OK, I’m going into the kitchen for a glass of wine.

    Tomorrow I go back to work after 4 weeks off post surgery. Still can’t lift a camera but I’m working on it. I work at our local Circuit Court in Oregon. Sure wish our building looked like the blue one in your picture. (Better yet, I wish we had a wine bar across the street!)

  • George

    Andrea – not only is his head floating away, but he’s talking to a two headed girl!

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    Super cool looking shot Trey… excellent!

  • http://www.bycostello.com bycostello

    ‘churches’ and pubs always near each other!!

  • Bucko

    Awesome Trey, I cant believe it – this is the bar I used to visit after work all the time. Never thought I’d see it on the blog!

  • http://www.iLvstrated.com Tuesday

    The church is spotted on straight away, amazing! Super cool eh :)

  • http://thehdrimage Peter Tellone

    Trey, if you are interested I can give you some pointers on De-ghosting the people in your image using Photomatix.
    Or you could just check my blog post
    http://thehdrimage.com/?p=302

    Cheers,
    Peter

  • SF Chaz

    Mainstream photography is taking a picture and the exception is those who really know how to make a picture. When you ask how mainstream is photography, I say not very main stream. There is a lot of difference between telling a story and taking a snap shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kalapaka C S Benjamin Lui

    haha Trey, you do realise that is a CRIMINAL COURT and not a church?!
    no worries, your pictures are still EPIC. way to go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/apdepetris April Swan DePetris

    I was just in London last week. My friends and I were walking around and I actuall stumbled onto this very spot. I had checked out all of your pictures of London before I went and I thought it was kind of funny that I happened onto this place totally by accident. I took about 750 pictures for the week so I think I will have some good shots.

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