Etched in Pixels Photography | Colors and Tones on the Street: Part One (Colors)

Colors and Tones on the Street: Part One (Colors)

August 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This summer I decided to start assigning myself little photo challenges. I switch between them as the situation dictates, and they are not mutually exclusive. Some of these challenges are:

  1. Shoot prime.
  2. Work on my street photography.
  3. Focus on color
  4. Focus on tonality (and don’t move myself or my subject around until I can get the optimum lighting).


This first post is the results of those tasks.


I go to the California Avenue Farmer’s Market that’s held every Sunday in Palo Alto, just a stone’s throw from Stanford University.  They close down a two block section of the main boulevard. It’s a great place, especially during summer.  We are fortunate to not only have produce vendors, but some trucks serving hot food, as well as live music.

Guitarist singing reggae at California Avenue farmerDSC_2153

Didn’t get this guy’s name but he was rocking out with some nice reggae-acoustic rock. He mixed in a little Buddhist style throat singing too. Very special.


Two weeks ago I went there armed with my 24-70mm.  I returned this past week using solely my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC macro because I wanted more closeups of the produce.


I think I got some pretty satisfying shots, and have broken them down into parts.  Today I’ll post my favorites from the color images.  In my next post I’ll upload the black and whites that have a more “street” feel.

Close-up of heirloom tomatoes from California Avenue farmerDSC_2129

Three colors of deliciously sweet and flavorful heirloom tomatoes to choose from.

Bunch of green grapes on stem from California Avenue farmerDSC_2150

I love the smooth tonal gradations here and the subtle gradient from fresh green to that rich champagne yellow.

As we headed to the car we saw these musicians had set up a secondary music scene.  They were quite good.  This girl was bouncing up and down so hard I thought she would burst!

Little girl cheering, dancing, and having tons of fun while band Furious George plays at California Avenue farmerDSC_1358

The label on their guitar case proclaimed that these guys are Furious George. I believe they were lighting it up with “Love The One You’re With” but I might have misremembered. Anyway, the girl loved it. She ran right up in their faces, enabling this splendid shot of pure joy.

Let me know what you think!  Do you go to the California Avenue Farmer’s Market?  If you do, let me know.

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