Occasionally I go back through my photos from Japan and process a few that I overlooked when I was actively processing them after the trip. Here are a few I worked on last night to wind down after working on a freelance assignment.
The other night I had a couple minutes before picking up food at Siam Square, the Thai Restaurant connected to the Victory Inn Hotel across from Arbor Land, so I took a couple pictures. Certain parts of the building are quite nice looking with its long orange walls and pointed roofs... and its prominent but nearly invisible “3750.”
A few nights ago I started experimenting with slightly longer shutter lengths than you’d normally use when hand-holding a camera at night. I was only trying for soft focus or hints of movement but the most interesting parts of the images were the light trails so that’s what I tried to highlight. I kept feeling out duration versus impressions on the sensor. The images here are the result of a few night’s worth of trial-and-error. I like this style. I like the flat black backgrounds and the way they swallow up any remaining bits of detail. I might work with it for a while and see where it leads. It's not officially a series yet—at least in terms of what I like to achieve through set of images—but it’s probably leading to that. I just need to introduce some other element. Maybe another color, a type of split-toning, or an artifact of the slow shutter.