I've begun work on one of my 2020 photography goals, The Atlanta Project.

I got the idea watching an interview with photographer Serge Ramelli. He was talking about how he would practice by taking lots of pictures of the city where he lived. Of course the city he lived in was Paris France which is a pretty good city to practice in. Well I don't live in one of the most photogenic cities in the world, but I do live in Atlanta Georgia which is a very nice city. In and around Atlanta we have old buildings, modern buildings, fancy churches, theaters, parks, a river, lakes, bridges, and just about every weather condition you can imagine (sometimes in the same week). So there's plenty of local subjects for me to practice on.

Another reason I wanted to do this project was I've seen Scott Kelby do classes about where to go to take great shots of a city. He most recently did Chicago, but he's done one on New York, Rome, and others. He always makes a list of the sites and where you need to go to get the shots he got. Also, it seems like every time he photographs a city he says something along the lines of getting together with a friend who lives in that city who takes him around to all the local places to get great pictures. If Scott called me and said he was going to be in Atlanta, and could I take him around to shot, I wouldn't have a clue where to take him. Thats so embarrassing. 

So here's my objectives for the Atlanta Project.

1. Practice, practice, practice. Go out shooting regularly. Work on composition and mastering my equipment and techniques.

2. Find great places to shoot. Create a list of Atlanta locations in a similar format to the Scott Kelby Guides.

3. Put together a Photo book of Atlanta similar to the books I put together for my trips.

4. Document my progress here on my blog.

So this week I went down to Buckhead area to shoot some of the buildings. I processed these using the techniques from the KelbyOne course "Black & White Fine Art Architectural Photography". I did add my own spin on them by adding a monotone color on to each one. This is a fun technique.

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