Today I thought I’d share a few pictures.
These are pictures from a few days ago in London after our Photoshop Freak Show seminar.
Now for the record, I’m no landscape photographer or street photographer…they’re both areas I haven’t done much of. But hey that doesn’t mean I won’t take landscape photos or street photos because when they’re just for me it doesn’t matter right?
In fact if I’m honest unless I’m out on a photo shoot or out to specifically shoot new backgrounds for future work, most of the time I end up taking photos with my iPhone.
In my office it’s different as all the pictures on the walls are my own or pictures of other’s work that I really like, but in our house I’d say the majority in small frames or as triptychs are from my iPhone or my wife’s iPhone.
Although not areas of photography that I partake all that much in (if at all), I still love to look through landscape and street photography on 500px.
Why? Well because I love great photography and 500px is most definitely a place you can get lost in. Just type in what kind of pictures you want to see into the search field and see how the hours fly by…trust me 🙂
On the subject of street photography it’s not an area I feel particularly comfortable with but I think that’s because of what I thought it was. As we walked around London, sorry, make that ‘as we froze’ walking around London Calvin and I talked about it. To blatantly walk up to someone or even zoom in on someone from a distance to take a shot doesn’t feel right to me. That doesn’t mean to say it isn’t right, it’s just that maybe I put myself in the position of the person being photographed and know how I wouldn’t like it. I’d want to know why that person was taking my picture and I certainly wouldn’t take kindly to someone taking a photograph of my wife. Me, I’d feel more comfortable asking the person’s permission but then on the flip side of that, doing so is going to ruin the moment I guess.
However when I think about it, Street Photography is what most everyone with a camera does…they just don’t give it a name. Tourists the world over are doing street photography right?
So I’ll keep on keeping on when it comes to landscape and street photography but just for fun…just for me.
One thing I always have in the back of my mind and have done since I started….I don’t know if I was told this, or if I read it, but basically…as photographers, as creatives, the more we have the camera in our hands the better, and I don’t know about you but I learn something each and every time I’m out with it.
Later in the year one thing I’m going to do as I’ve been meaning to take time out just for this, is to hire a BIG lens, pack a rucksack with some snacks, a flask of coffee and just head out into the countryside and spend time taking wildlife pictures. As a wildlife lover THAT is something I have to do more!
So what about you…what’s your take on street photography? Feel comfortable with photographing strangers in the ‘street’ or do you concentrate more on the environment?
Do you take time out to photograph other things that interest you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to post in the comments section below or drop me a line to email@example.com but in the mean time, have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.