Sydney Streets 2

So this is already starting to have an effect. In the past, I’ve just kind of loaded up some photos that I thought were interesting and put them up on social media. Now I’m bearing in mind that I’m going to need to write a few words about them and why I chose them. I find that makes me put more thought into the photos I pick, and can cause a bit of stress. Then I realise I’m not very likely to actually give a serious description of the photo or the reasons behind it, and the stress goes away.

In case you’re wondering, very little thought goes into these scenes at the time of shooting. A lot of the photos are taken on instinct, and I never stop and look at the photo on the camera screen and think “hmm, that’s a great visual metaphor for the current state of our society” or anything like that. It’s not until later, while I review the photos, that I pick the ones that I like and delete everything else. That’s when I start noticing things, and think about why I like one particular photo more than any other.

Anyway, here are this weeks photos …

December 03, 2014 1023
December 03, 2014 1023

Like an episode of The West Wing playing out in real life, two walking meetings come into contact with each other. Or maybe it’s one walking meeting comes into contact with two people just standing there. The possibilities are literally endless.

August 10, 2015 1313
August 10, 2015 1313

A lot of my shots are of people that are walking towards me, and a lot of those shots gets deleted. What stops me removing them is usually something interesting – same posture, same foot stepping forward. People smiling. I don’t really know. But I like this photo.

May 22, 2015 1032
May 22, 2015 1032

Rain gives so many opportunities for photographers. People hold up umbrella’s, which can give you interesting light opportunities. Some people act crazy. And if you get rain in your camera, you have an excuse to go out and buy a new one.

In fact, I’d like to think that if I buy a more expensive, weather-sealed camera then I’ll finally be able to visit dangerous and exotic locations without fear of getting my gear damaged by rain. Surely that’s the only thing holding me back?

September 11, 2015 1336
September 11, 2015 1336

Ahhh yes, here we are with the obligatory ‘charity person’ shot. I love these guys – one day I’m going to just park myself somewhere and get a series of all the different approaches they try, and all the different reactions they get.

This one went for the whole “I’m just introducing myself and I’m going to hold my hand out for you to shake and we can make a personal connection” tactic. Didn’t work.

January 16, 2016 1110
January 16, 2016 11

Sydney CBD is getting a tram network running through it, and thankfully there are workers on the street corners around the construction to steer the hoards of stupid people that, at the best of times, struggle to know the difference between a little red man and a little green man. Here is one such worker.

Oh, and this guy has two cameras. I hope he got some good photos.

Next week: HDR!

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