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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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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A mindset of a travelling photographer

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As I was working on a new content for Simplicity-In-Seeing, I realized that it would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts about street/travel photography. We just returned from our photographic trip to Europe and this very visit in particular made me realize that a certain mindset is required for such trips to be successful. It always starts with preparations. Usually, a serious photographer jots down a list of locations or places, which he/she would like to cover during …

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You stopped a stranger for a portrait – what’s next?

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One of the most rewarding aspects of street photography is shooting portraits of strangers. In our article “Approaching Strangers on the Street – YOUR way” we talked about how to approach people on the street. Let’s assume you did just that. What’s next? Before we go on with “what’s next” let me take you one step back. If possible, I try to have an idea for an image before I stop someone and ask permission to take their portrait. What …

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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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How to ‘see’ at each focal length (Part 1)

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Robert, one of our subscribers, asked this very question. I have briefly touched on the subject in numerous articles on my blog but I have never taken on this issue face to face. While going through my notes and working on this article I soon realized that danger lurks around this topic. Instead of focusing and exploring the idea of seeing at each focal length, we could fall into the trap of discussing gear choices “lens A vs. lens B.” …

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