What to shoot?

Practicing can be a frustrating exercise. Not in a sense that it’s difficult but that the results don’t mean much to me. I’ve been shooting people as close-up as I possibly could and dared, which was close. And these shots ended up being just shots of people, mostly looking at me in surprise or irritation, while there was no composition to speak of. Of course not, no time for that. Doing this I was losing the fun in photography and that’s not the way to go.

Also I got some comments on my pictures and those comments often come down to “You shouldn’t make that kind of pictures” or “You should have used a different technique”. This kind of advice threw me off more than that it helped me and I’ve come to the realization that I have to keep shooting the things I want to, simple as that, and that the only way to progress is to remain critical of my own work. I think I’m learning most from others when I watch their work, their way of working or their take on their own photography. Joel Meyerowitz inspires me greatly, and the same is true for some members of my photo club.

Two days ago I went to Breda by train and instead of keeping myself busy with my phone I took my camera and started shooting out the windows, just for the fun of it.

No, it’s not street photography by most of the common definitions but it’s in the same spirit for me: spontaneous photography with hardly any control over the scene.

There is the widely accepted notion that you have to get up real close to people, preferably using a 35mm lens. Fine. This one was made with a 50mm lens and needed some serious cropping afterwards. Thank heavens for the flood of megapixels our present cameras give us!


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