I actually have not ventured out on the street with the right inspired mood on me for quite some time now. I missed that feeling of concentrating on my senses and condensing the essence of whatever that inspires me, there and then. The lighting is out of my control. Where I can position myself is often limited. And equipment is limited – old school or whatever you call it, I go out on street with a wide to standard prime on my camera, no zoom, no telephoto. I do not have an issue with photographers who take candid pictures of strangers using a long lens. But that is not what I do. And limiting yourself to a single focal length I think is a great exercise in both forcing yourself to look for an effective composition and also to naturally know how wide your angle of view is at any given point of time. Anyhow… that’s how I put my 20-year-old lens on my much younger digital camera and stepped out onto the wet street of Melbourne just after the sun had gone down beyond horizon.
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I love being out on the rainy day. Wet surfaces add more reflections, making the world look more interesting, and also brighter.
Like I was saying on Facebook earlier (and obviously this is inspired by the famous words by Cartier-Bresson)…
Just grab your camera, step onto the street. Surprise yourself. The rest will take care of itself.
Keep your eyes open, your senses wide open. When you feel something, be humble and face it. Don’t hide from it, don’t shy away from it. And when you did get the courage to actually point and click, you will be rewarded with satisfaction. Good luck to you, and see you on the street!