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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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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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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One of the greatest secrets in photography – mystery in visuals

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Olafphoto discusses the importance of mystery in creating imagery and its impact on the viewer. The importance of light, framing and storytelling is examined, with specific examples. This is a must-read piece for every photographer striving to create strong and original imagery. Photography appears to be an easy exercise. You look at a scene, point your camera toward your subject and press the shutter button. The subject might be interesting enough, the light might be great, the composition might even …

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Expanding Your Seeing with New Elements

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In our last article, we viewed light as the starting point. This is an idea worth exploring further; however, this time we would like to focus on seeing from a slightly different perspective. When working with aspiring photographers, I notice that when they look for subjects some of them “automatically” eliminate certain elements in pre-visualizing the scene. The process of elimination is extremely important, I agree, but removing some objects from the frame because of a pre-conceived idea that they …

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Forget about the rest – make light the starting point.

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One of the most common dilemmas in photography, professional or not, is the difficulty of finding the right subject. When shooting on the street a photographer is often overwhelmed with the large number of elements, actions, sounds, colours or even smells. Similarly, while travelling we may be in a visually appealing location but somehow we find it difficult to start the seeing process. Some people call it lack of inspiration, others a failure to see. Those with fragile photographic confidence …

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The Mechanics of Seeing: “The man waiting in the rain”

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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.  In our recent piece – Mechanics of Seeing – we introduced the project of mapping and recording the intellectual paths to seeing and creating a great image. This is a long-term project, which we have been working on with some truly talented photographers. While one …

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Composition – “The Strongest Way of Seeing”

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Digital technology has opened up new possibilities in photography but it has also added new layers to the already difficult craft of seeing. A plethora of camera choices, complicated setups and an excessive focus on post-processing has taken away from the most important aspects of photography – subject, light and composition. When viewing the multitude of online photographs (at least done by those who appear to be serious photographers) you can see that many of them deal with interesting subjects …

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