The Mechanics of Seeing: Along the wall.

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X100F, 1/900 sec at f/9.0. Acros +R. The location of your street photography does matter. During our recent trip to Berlin, I decided to explore the area near The Marie-Elisabeth Luders Haus, a stunning building designed by the Munich architect, Stephan Braunfels. The large but simple elevation of this magnificent building provides a great visual starting point. Then there is a multitude of lines and curves which, combined with light and shadows, provides a creative photographer with an abundance of visual …

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An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations” – Part 3

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I am excited to share with you a few more deliberations from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive.  Look up Upside Down One of my most important goals in photography is to present my viewer with a sample of the visual world. Most of us photograph close to home so we are exposed to familiar visuals and situations. Nevertheless, a creative photographer who is a careful and dedicated observer should …

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An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations” – Part 2

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Today I am delighted to share with you another excerpt from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive.  Embrace the Shadow Krakow There would be no photography without light and shadow. It is amazing how many photographers are dismissive of this truism. In the meantime, those dark areas in your image often play a crucial role navigating your viewer toward your subject or even providing a black canvas for the entire …

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An excerpt from the upcoming book “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations”

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  I am delighted to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Seeing Simplified – 100 Photographic Deliberations.” I hope you enjoy this Simplicity-In-Seeing exclusive. Fleeting moments… A hand in the air, X100F,  1/1000 sec at f/7.1 One of the key themes in this book is observation. If you really pay attention to what’s happening around you will notice that you get better and better at anticipating situations on the street. I was watching an older gentleman walking …

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First Conference Call

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Hello My Photographic Friends, Last month we had our first Simplicity-In-Seeing conference call. I know that many could not participate for various reasons and requested some sort of an update or recording. For now, we don’t have a recording so let me share some points. We would like to do conference calls on a regular basis, ideally every month (an announcement is coming for the next one!). The JoinMe me platform works best if you use it through a joinme …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: Split

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Although fog is quite a common phenomenon around Vancouver, it is rare to encounter fog downtown. One of the biggest problems when shooting in any city is visual chaos, or the overwhelming number of competing elements. Quite often, even the best efforts to simplify the image fail and leave you with clutter. Therefore, I look forward to shooting in fog. Not only does fog help you to simplify but it creates a powerful mood for your imagery. When intense fog …

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Creating new visuals AFTER the capture

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Jason, one of our subscribers sent me this question: “Usually I try to compose my pictures the best I can in the camera and only need to do minor cropping when editing. But sometimes I see something interesting, e.g., shapes, people and light but can’t get close enough due to traffic or other things. I’m currently shooting with an X100f so no zoom there except for digital zoom but a bit slow sometimes. I would sometimes see something interesting and take …

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In search of a new “seeing” – manoeuvring visual risk-taking in a risk-averse photographic world.

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Olafphoto discusses the importance of pushing a photographer’s vision and entering a new world of seeing. Why, despite all the personal and social pushbacks, this approach is a must for every creative photographer. Kevin, one of our subscribers, asked a very important question. He wrote: “As you know, your attitude and imagery inspire me a lot. Lately, I challenge myself and take visual risks. However, when I show my pictures to my friends they react differently; it’s like they don’t …

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Combining (unrelated) Elements in Seeing

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How can you create a stunning image from unrelated elements? How do you combine those elements to craft a compelling photograph? Why do observation and patience play such an important role in the process? This in-depth article will show you new ways of seeing your street and combining elements to design new worlds without using Photoshop. People sometimes ask me if I am a street photographer and I must admit I have a hard time answering this question. The problem …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: A violinist

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X-100F, 1/800 sec at f/8, Acros + R SUMMARY: The piece discusses the project “Mechanics of Seeing” – mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating an image. Such a path to one of our photographs is being presented and discussed. The “Violinist” image was taken during a private Street Photography Workshop in Barcelona. My student and I were walking in tiny alleys of Barcelona in search of intriguing visuals.    The “Violinist” image was taken during a …

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