A picture a day | Walk it off

I stumbled over my own ‘A picture a day’-challenge and felt down. No biggie. You stand up, walk it off and continue. And that’s what I did. Paul and I went for a whole day of some serious street photography. To watch life closely.

Paul and I are different. First of all he’s freakin’ tall. He doesn’t need a drone. On the street Paul shoots with a Olympus OM-D 5 and I with a Fuji X100. He’s more of a portret kind of guy, I’m a typically ‘from the hip’-shooter. Paul is on autofocus, I’m in the zone. But we also share a lot. We share our insights, findings and opinions. A laugh, a few drinks and a good meal. By the way, check out Paul’s website.

First we went to Woudrichem. A lovely small town but with just a few streets. That’s bad for street photography. So we moved to Breda which is a proper city. Lots of streets and lots of people. We had an awesome time. We walked, talked and shoot a lot of people. Even a little rain didn’t bother us and actually added some flavour to the scenery.

I’m starting to love this kind of photography. It’s like you are zooming in on life around you. Every minute is a complete movie. There is so much going on. Normally we race through the day. We don’t stop, take a deep breath and connect with our surroundings that often. Street photography forces you to stop and connect. With life, each other and yourself.

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A picture a day | Shapes

A couple of days ago I posted something about photography and architecture. So I was wondering if I have more picture about the same theme. It surprises me how few there are. But I ran into this one.

You’re right! These are the stairs in >Rome>Vatican>Museum. Rome is awesome. These stairs also. Actually they are not really stairs. It’s more a spiralled walk-thing-y. And from above it’s a interesting shape. And that explains when I’m interested in photography in relation to architecture. For me it’s not about the buildings. It’s all about the shapes. On the other hand… maybe architecture is about shapes.

The second picture is another example. I took it in Rome also. I don’t know the building. I haven’t a picture of the building. I just took a picture of the ceiling. Because of the shapes.

Another one. The Eiffel Tower from underneath. Doesn’t look like the Eiffel Tower. It’s a shape. Well… that’s me. Travelling around the world, taking pictures of shapes.

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A picture a day | Mooding up a boring square

Normally I pull all pictures straight out of the camera. But once in a while I wanna give a picture more ‘mood’. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, it’s fun to play with.

When I recall it correct this picture is from the central square in ‘Bergen op Zoom’. I have to say, it’s quite a boring square. I took a dozen pictures and none of them was satisfying. So I picked the most useable one and started up ‘Aperture’ on my Mac.

The app is packed with features and despite of that I loaded some extra plugins. Enough craziness to plat with. I never know what I’m doing and just go with ‘what the eye sees’. The result is better then the original so that’s good. I even made a light-post disappear for a cleaner image. I had a great time with this picture.

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A picture a day | What’s happening to me?

My least favourite genre of photography is architecture. Buildings. They are so… static. Even a tree is more alive. But lately I have more an eye for buildings then ever before. Why?

I don’t know. Maybe I ‘see’ more. Paying more attention to what I see. Or is it just a phase? Is it because the sky is clearing up in springtime? Or is it all just coincidence?

Nevertheless, this picture is taken at Central Station Utrecht and it’s a beauty. This white building against a clear blue sky. I like it.

My Fuji X100 did the job but I saw it first. What’s happening to me?

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A picture a day | Life, straight from the streets

I’m new to street-photography. But it’s interesting me for a long time. And with my recently purchased X100 I’ll going to give it a shot.

I actually have a ‘way’ figured out. First of all I use the following settings on the X100; Manual focus, auto-wb, auto-iso, aperture-mode (around F5.6), jpg+raw and I shoot in B+W. The raw-file remains all the colours of course.

Besides using the OVF I’m also trying to ‘shoot from the hip’. It takes a lot of practice. Getting the focal distance right, the framing and most of all, the timing. Most people on the streets are on the move. Interesting sceneries are everywhere but exist just a fraction of a second. I try to avoid burst-mode.

But again, it’s all about seeing things. Observe, anticipate… connect to everything around you. With street-photography you are right in the middle of everything. It’s intens and I like it. It’s life, straight from the streets.

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A picture a day | Spring is in the air

Today it was 22 degrees Celsius around here. That’s awesome! Nature is waking up and so are we humans.

I love picturing nature. It’s the big everything around us and it’s amazing. Especially during springtime because nature is coming up with all this new stuff. During winter it has figuring out new versions of all kind of species and now it’s starts showing off.

It’s also time to get on my bike again. To burn some winter-fat and go out to watch nature. And take a picture of it once in a while. Because spring is in the air!

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A picture a day | Panning

In the photography-game ‘pingpong’ I’m playing with my buddy Paul, he posted a picture of a car driving by. And the goal is to get a blurry background, fuzzy wheels and a razor-sharp car.

The picture above I took while visiting the Nurburgring in Germany. With a million cars racing the circuit there was plenty of practise in panning.

The problem was the distance to the tarmac. I was shooting with my D90 and a 18-200mm VR-lens. It did quite a good job. But panning with that distance (at least a 100 feet) zoomed in all the way is not easy. I did quite a good job.

But now I want to take a new great ‘panned’-picture for our pingpong-game. And this time using my X100. The X100 has a fixed 35mm unstabilized lens. It’s less easy, but more a challenge. And I like challenges.

Note: The pingpong-photography means that one is posting a picture and the other one answers with a similar picture.

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