FEATURE JEDI - Kate Columbia (IG: kc_nycitygirl)
About the Pic:
Title: The cab that got away.
Photo shot with Hipstamatic (John S Lens & BlacKeys Super Grain Film).
Opened in Snapseed. Applied Drama to enhance the clarity of the photo. Save.
Opened in Luminance. Applied Dystopia Filter, adjusted exposure and increased contrast. Save.
Opened in Filterstorm. Applied vignette to edges and cropped. Save.
Opened in Photo Fx. Applied Edge Glow to make the reflections on the street glow, but removed the blur. Sharpened. Applied 15% of the black and white filter called “Aged” to give it a slightly more sepia tone. Save.
Opened in Camera+. Applied thin black frame. Save.
Opened in Squaready. Fit to square format.
About the Artist:
The Sixth Jedi - Kate Columbia (IG: kc_nycitygirl)
Presented by Tony Corcoran (IG: kungfuroll)
The Jedi pillar is here to kick it once again kids and this time we have a real treat for y’all. Come and meet Kate Columbia, whose stellar work will make you wonder why you haven’t crossed paths before. Her eclectic NYC style, shaken and stirred with her hometown Cincinnati roots, is the recipe for a visual pick me up for the soul. Her emotive captions pushes the viewer into her images, kicking up the dirt & grit of what the image says to her. She seeks out the stranger who wears their emotion on their chest, the unique architecture and that NYC soul and captures in the vanishing moment that shot which tells a story. So pull up a stool, order a drink..we’ve got the tab. Cheers!
I’m currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I grew up, but I am thrilled to say I am moving back to New York City, where I have been living for the last three years, on February 1st.
I discovered iPhoneography through my mom’s requests for me to send her photos of New York City. She had lived in New York City in the 1980’s and has missed it since her and my father moved to Virginia around the time when I was born. I started by sending her photos of the easy targets-tourist attractions, landmarks and then progressed to capturing what she described as “the REAL New York.” By this, she meant the architecture, the people and some of the little things, which in the eyes of a seasoned New Yorker are often thought of as the loveliest aspects of the city. I then joined Instagram and realized I was not alone in my fascination with faces of strangers on the street and with my wonderful city, as well as the world abroad and after following slimjazz, takinyerphoto and bradpuet, I decided I wanted to teach myself to enhance these photos which I was capturing as they had. So after purchasing a plethora of apps, I now have a handful of favorites and I think I’m getting the hang of this whole Instagram world.
My style in three words would have to be: Seeking Strangers Emotions. In any particular order really, because after falling in love with iPhoneography, I have found I am constantly seeking - not only for these strangers who’s personal moments I long to capture, but for unique architecture, street art, Central Park in all it’s glory and even my dogs Charlie and Bear.
If my images had a soundtrack it would be: Radiohead: In Rainbows.
It actually often has been this, or Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, since majority of my shots are taken on the street while I’m listening to my music on my iPhone.
I try my best to adhere to one personal rule in particular when shooting - I like to call it “The Three Shot Rule.” If at all possible, I will always snap a minimum of three photos of my subject - this is especially true when shooting candids on the street - to try my best to ensure a photo which best captures what I was witnessing and isn’t blurry.
The one app I couldn’t live without would have to be Snapseed. Photo Fx is a close second, but I would choose Snapseed because of its great selective adjust feature.
Other apps I commonly use are Photo Fx, Juxtaposer, ScratchCam, Hipstamatic, Diptic, Picture Show, Filterstorm, Luminance and Decim8.
Often, I find it challenging to shoot subjects other than people. I find shooting street photography to be exhilarating, challenging and always inspiring.
I always find inspiration when I’m walking down the street in New York City and see a multitude of varying races and classes of people converging on the same corner. While there are certainly days when I’ll find myself coming home to three hundred or more new photos shot on the street that day, on days that I seem to be feeling particularly inspired, there are honestly very few where I’ll find myself searching for a source of inspiration. I almost always manage to grab twenty five shots a day and typically will only end up using one of them, though I may edit many. Perhaps it’s the city I’m in, as a street photographer who specializes in candid photos, having millions of potential subjects certainly does have its perks, but I feel that for me, inspiration is everywhere, in the faces of everyone I encounter. The real “photoblock” I encounter is strangers on the street who complicate or spoil my shots.