A picture a day | Social Photography

First things first… this is not a picture taken by me. Paul took it. It’s a great picture. And he didn’t just hit the shutter button. He first hit the social button.

We were taking pictures in Woudrichem. A small village nearby. Every building over there is a monument. They take great care of all these buildings. And so was this guy. While I was playing candid camera, Paul had another approach. He started a conversation. About buildings and masonry and the weather and so on. Just small talk. And the guy was enjoying it. He was on that scaffolding the whole day so he could use a break.

After that Paul asked if it was okay if he took some pictures. He didn’t mind at all. And so Paul turned the guy into a model.

So Paul learned me a lesson that day. Street photography is often Social Photography. 🙂

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A picture a day | From boring to exciting

I was in London a couple of weeks ago. It was an exciting trip. But the weather over there was boring. Of course, I had a camera with me. I took a picture of the river Thames but I had to spice it up. Making the picture as exciting as the whole trip.

The camera I had with me was the Fuji X100. Small, light and incredible. I wasn’t really on a sightseeing trip in London. I was there for some real business. I had a meeting for one and a half hour in the center of ‘business-doing’-London. Four out of five people on the street were wearing a suit. With tie.

My meeting was with Brinley. He has some real corporate mileage on him. So sure I was listening very carefully to him. People like Brinley know stuff. So I was very excited. Not nervous. Excited. We talked about strategy, ‘Strategy with Balls’ and digitizing businesses. It was a great meeting and I’m working on the follow-up right now.

Back on the streets again it was time to relax and enjoy London. It’s an awesome city. But with the really boring weather. So I cranked up the weather in the picture. For sure the people in the ferris wheel want to get out as soon as possible. 🙂

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A picture a day | Back into the field

Today it was the first day of my holiday. And that means I have time for things I really like. Well, there is always time but it’s a constant struggle with priorities. And when I have a holiday my priorities are different. Today one of those priorities was getting back into the field.

So I grabbed my D90, tripod, and carkeys and rushed out. I live nearby a beautiful piece of nature (Biesbosch) and there is always a bit of sky, field or pond to take a picture of. It was getting dark very quickly so I needed a lot of shutter speed but I brought my tripod. But where is the remote? Really, why do I have so much stuff in such a small bag? After putting the bag upside down three times I found it. The remote.

The picture is combined with three separate pictures with different exposures. I wanted the green of the grass and the blue of the sky. It’s called bracketing. I don’t know why. I didn’t use a bracket.

This picture is no price winner. But I actually like the result. Me, back into the field again! 🙂

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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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