No explanation

In the first version of this post I explained why I took this shot. I now edited that out: if I have to do so, the picture obviously doesn’t work. Upon revisiting older shots I decided to show this one after all, even though it’s not perfectly sharp. Hope you like it; be sure to click on it for a larger view.

Early

Yesterday I decided to go out early, hoping to catch somewhat different scenes. Less people on the streets and some restaurants weren’t open yet.

 

 

People garnishing the scene

In earlier photographs I put people in a street more as a garnish than anything else, until it became clear to me that I wanted people as the main subject so against my ratio I was heading for street photography as the real deal.

Still sometimes it worked for me, here’s an example.

Encounters

This time I focussed (pun intended) on encounters: people having interactions with each other in a way that made me smile, if only just a little.
Being more relaxed now, I don’t mind if my subjects take note of my pointing a camera at them. It gives me more time to take a picture, even watch composition, check on focus and take more shots if I want to. When noticed I smile, pretend I was photographing something else by looking away after shooting, just walk on or whatever. Your own behaviour is crucial in a way I’m only beginning to slightly understand. Key to this is experience, experience, experience, I guess.

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Rain is nice!

“Nice weather today, good to go out and make photos!” I get that often and people are amazed when I pull up my nose: nah, too much haze, look at the whitish-blue sky. Cloudy weather is easier for street photography and rain creates subjects of its own. Continue reading “Rain is nice!”

In the railway station

Lots of people moving fast in a railway station, so opportunities galore when you’re quick. I could hold a position but standing still in such a location attracts attention so I keep walking and only stop to shoot, quickly.

The woman in the middle looks almost like she’s daydreaming which looks strangely out of place here.

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Intrigued

I’m a curious person and kept coming back to this one.

She’s probably waiting for someone. But this posture doesn’t seem really comfortable and the hand under the head looks relaxed but out of place at the same time. Intriguing!

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Start of a journey

This will be a blog about my struggle to become a street photographer, for better or for worse.

Time and time again I’ve wanted to do street photography, made some half-hearted attempts at it in the last 30-odd years only to end up frustrated because it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. And now is the time to really make it work, or to totally fail. Klaus Hermann made a blogpost on How to become an outstanding photographer and that inspired me to go for it. Especially his point that achievement has little to do with talent: I always considered myself endowed with little talent when it comes to photographic vision. But there always was the desire to do some kind of street photography. Ultimately, what makes me tick is the desire to capture scenes that make me smile, or touch me, induce any kind of emotion really.

Enough of this self-reflection, starts to get boring and pretentious, isn’t it? First thing I have to learn is to just have the guts to point a camera at people. So let’s do it.

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