A short blogpost this week;
I’m always banging on about how we should be constantly practicing, especially important with Street Photography. The photographic eye needs to be kept in superb condition, to see a frame, the light, shadow, little nuances. We need to be constantly alert, focussing on what is going on around us. Obvious really, except I haven’t been practicing what I preach. I appear to have entered some kind of “space time continuum” during November, my perception is that I have all the time in the world, the reality is quite a different story. So it is that I haven’t been out with the camera, there’s no backlog of unprocessed images on the computer, in fact I could count the amount of shutter releases this month and reveal that it’s not very many.
I love photography, there you are, I’ve said it and I even used the overused ‘L” word. There’s no excuse, make time is my current mantra. We had reason to drop into Bath this week, a quick coffee and Sam (my wife) went to do what needed doing. I arranged to meet her and gave myself 40 minutes. Strangely enough I felt no pressure to produce anything in such a short time and interestingly that helped. I felt relaxed and happy to be strolling around with the camera. I walked around the Christmas Market, looking for gestures, hands, etc -
Nothing particularly exciting, you’d think that with all these people milling around there’d be endless opportunities. Again, lack of practice I suspect is the determining factor, no doubt had I walked around there last month I’d have possessed the ability to see a great deal more. I know that there are those that don’t like a Street Photograph whereby someone is staring right at the camera, I don’t think it takes away from being a “Candid” moment, if anything it adds to it;
I don’t know what was in that pie he was eating, evidently it makes the consumer absolutley livid!
Despite the sunshine it was deceptively cold and in a way I was glad time wasn’t on my side. Ten minutes before meeting Sam and I walked down to an area that I’m very familiar with. One reason was that I know my Light in Bath and the sun should be hitting a few choice places. I was rewarded immediately with one of our extremely hard working postmen taking a well earned rest, the postmen and women in this country are unsung heroes in my opinion. Time for some colour;
Just down from our friend, “The Royal Male”, was a guy leaning up against the wall texting on his smartphone, I could have stood there for an hour clicking a way and I doubt he would have noticed. First click in Black & White;
Some really nice light, I changed my position slightly because I wanted to see more of his shadow, as though he was texting it. Back to colour, I liked that Bath Stone bathed in golden sunlight and his clothes and hair seemed to match up well in this frame;
Five minutes early I went to meet Sam who was busy sourcing Harry Potter merchandise for our all things magical daughter. I felt pleased, well satisfied at least, 35 minutes is all it took and I was back in the groove. Unfortunately and for the foreseeable future I’ll need to get used to these short sessions, grabbing them whenever I can. I’ll be making time rest assured of that. Of course it doesn’t always work out well, I was in a nearby town last week and managed three clicks. Pretty feeble I know. Here’s one of them I named “Cry”, because of the rain on the plastic sheeting in front of me, the look on the woman face, the way I was feeling at that precise moment and the sign in the background stating “We Make It Better”. I thought about going in there, sadly they were only talking about coffee! I imagine that unless your viewing on a 27inch iMac some of these photos are difficult to understand, what it is I see in them. Sometimes it’s so personal that there isn’t a definitive reason. All I can say is that I take what appeals to me, keep what I like and just throw stuff out there. Whether or not it’s any good is anyone’s guess.
As always my sincere thanks go to anyone taking the time to read this blog.
All images can be opened by clicking on the thumbnails and are taken using a Leica M with Summicron 35mm Lens fitted.
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