Through the winter rains

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I have been following the weather forecasts quite regularly last couple of weeks. Since I started on ‘The Other’ series, I have been waiting for the rainy day when I hit the street to capture the vision of the others in the reflection. Rainy days are great for another of my favourite subjects in my  personal photography – the clouds. It just adds that much dynamism, the energy and movement to the scene.

 
The other

 

And after the rain, the flowers bloom. Real ones, and not so real ones…

colours

The new bloom

On the beach

Bells Beach

I woke before dawn. Putting the camera and tripod into the car, I drove along the Great Ocean Road. The sun was up by the time I arrived. Surfers were floating waiting for a decent wave, and the sun just came out on top of that cloud. What is waiting for me down that winding road?

First light

Another favourite spot down that road – the lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. There is not much of touristy stuff there. Just a simple white light house, and a beautiful sand rock formation and the fresh water flowing into the sea.

Ah, we live in a beautiful part of the world.

Burn

burn

The shot I came home happy with from today’s street shoot is this one. I probably should consider updating the page template. I want you to see it in as a larger image, and for this kind of image, it makes perfect sense to show on black background / frame.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind a couple of clicks, if you could click the image, it should open up in Flickr site, and another click there should show in the ‘lightbox’ mode.

I might go back to this location again soon and see if I start to see any more.

Walking

Almost every other evening I stand on the street, the camera strapped tightly to my right hand. Slowly, something is beginning to foam from the foggy vague inspiration or impression or whatever it is that flickrs past.

2 styles. But inside me, I think I’m chasing the same thing. Let’s see where I go. All these images from today’s street shoot.

1> ‘The other’

The other, the ones we keep with us but never share the same space with. They’re just there, standing with back straight. We just don’t pay much attention. But on a day like this, some of us notice it. They’re there all right…

The other

The other

The other

2> ‘Walking’

Walking

Walking

Love to hear your comment, what you feel, what you see… project your art on mine…

Kensington

Kensington

Not such a bad place, come to think of it. Maybe I just get a decent set of speakers and play some good jazz or classic… add more inspiration to the place.

In the mean time, maybe time to think about next travel destination – where?

Has it been, what? A month, since my last trip? Well, who cares about the details huh? The main thing is, there is a calling. You got to live life.

It’s been said, many times, many ways…

So in my last post I talked a bit about how I attached the simplest lens on my camera to go out on the street. I personally believe it is important to have your own foundation, your starting point, somewhere you can come back to and build up again. Seeing how the new technology in cameras come out, with promises of better resolution and more accurate colour representation, and possibly even that special mood in images taken with Leica that I’d seen 20 years ago at a friend’s studio. I go day-deaming about it, missing sleep over whether I jump boats back to the other brands with their leading model which is still catching up on their waiting list after the disasters in Thailand production base and their home country of Japan. When will I likely to get the post-initial model with all the teething initial issues cleared? What about the street camera? Now that I am letting go of the great small Panasonic GF1, to pass it on to a friend who could really use that beautiful lens, what can I get next? Get a Fuji X-Pro 1 with M mount and start building Leica lenses, finally? Oh, that small piece would fit nicely in my hand while standing on the street corner…

Now hold on.

Let’s bring it back to reality here. Am I always getting the exact images that represent the image that I am seeing on my mind when firing the trigger? And if not, is that because of the limitation projected by my equipment? So much so that the only way to improve my work is by upgrading my gears to the newer generation ones? For more responsiveness, more clarity, more depth in between light and dark?

Sure, there are things I am sure new gears will improve. But think about it – all these great photographers we admire, they used a very simple set of equipment. Some of them only had one focal length and that’s all. Look at all the people who post their iPhone photos on Facebook? How great those pictures are. Can you honestly say you consistently make better images than those people? And the 5,000 dollars or whatever amount we pay for the camera, lens, flash, special strap, and the works – they definitely show the difference people think are worth that much money? Do I believe it is worth that much money?

Well, I think I’ve got more work to do before treating myself with new toys. I’ve got so much more stretching to do, before I need a new set of equipment to keep up with me. In the mean time, it is back to work.

This evening I came across an article that was talking more or less of the same thing. But I think he does a much better job of writing something that may make sense to you. So here it is:

Show Me Photographs, Not Gear: How to Improve Photography Without Upgrading Gear, by Robin Wong

So let’s talk about our images. What went through us that inspired us to make that image. Let’s talk about our creative process. Let’s talk about what we wish to communicate through our images. But let’s stop talking about our latest equipment. All I will tell you when it’s my turn is – well, I can’t afford a new one yet!

stormy sky Saturday 30 June 2012