Joan VanOrman’s Image of the Week is entitled ‘Asheville City Bus’ by Jeff Miller…
It’s difficult to pick just one of professional photographer Jeff Miller’s stunning images of downtown Asheville. (I’ll have to do a sequel.) The image “Asheville City Bus” has a fun and photographically inspired story. First a little background…
Jeff is a professional photographer recognized for his scenic, nature and wildlife images. His fine art images are appreciated throughout the Southeast and beyond. His work has been on the cover and inside the pages of publications like Our State, the Laurel of Asheville and Builder + Architect. In the last several years Jeff has discovered a passion for architectural photography. “Landscape and nature photography contribute to the look of my architectural work and how I approach it.” Churches, including the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah, were an early composition subject as he began to focus more and more on architectural photography.
This image of the week didn’t start out quite like this. The picture is taken in Pack Square in downtown Asheville late at night. Jeff says he visualized an interesting picture – one of the crane working on the left building (the Buncombe County Courthouse). The crane was in continual motion and he wanted to do a time exposure image. Well, the crane moved the whole time until he was ready to take the shot. “My visual conception wasn’t coming together – that happens.” He decided to take one more shot “just for the heck of it” and right then a city bus went by. Great – that definitely wasn’t what he wanted. Frustrated, Jeff looked at the image that came up on screen. “Hmm, that’s actually pretty cool!” Agreed!
Jeff offers these tips for photographers interested in shooting urban scenes at night:
> Go out at night or twilight, near sunset for beautiful orange light against the city buildings.
> After twilight there’s still lots of blue in the sky (like in this image) that the camera will see.
> Experiment with long exposures; the colored light trails that remain can add a lot of interest to an image.
A few of his other tips inspired from “Asheville City Bus”:
> Sometimes it’s great to visualize, but…
> Be ready to “expect the unexpected,” and…
> Don’t give up – surprises happen when your original vision isn’t coming through.
In addition to his fine art and architectural photography for purchase and publication, Jeff offers photography training, consulting and workshops. He’s also a professional printer and often prints fine art images for other photographers and artists. Jeff has a passion for his field “it’s not about jobs or assignments – it’s about building relationships.”
His work has exhibited at many venues including Bluewood Photography and the Biltmore House. His current exhibits are “Colors of the Wind” at Filo in Asheville and the “Asheville” exhibit, including the “Asheville City Bus” is featured at Cafe Azalea.
Learn more about Jeff and his photography on his Mountain Lens website, and view his gallery of Asheville images here.
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