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February 8, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Dipping the Toe – Again

DSC_8876 - 2014-02-08 at 14-04-46About once a month there is a street photography meetup in Dublin. Des, the organiser, is as passionate about street photography as I am about film photography. So once a month I head along to the meeting. I do this mostly because this genre of photography has never really clicked with me. I find it difficult to define what I am trying to achieve so my adventures tend to be a bit aimless.

But I do keep trying.

It was a rare outing for the digital camera today and my plan was to spray and pray and see what I got when I got home. I found it nearly impossible to put my mind in a place where I was happy to relinquish control to the camera. To let it pick focus points, aperture and shutter speeds so after 10 shots I reverted to my normal shooting method. Manual modes, find a spot, relax and keep my eyes open.

It was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I will keep going to the meetings, I will continue to stand up and say “My name is Brendan and I have no idea what street photography looks like.”

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
F2.8 1/1600



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  1. christian harkness / Feb 8 2014 9:35 pm

    Brendan, I really appreciate your posts on this. A huge pat on the back for your persistence with this. I do think there will be a pay off down the road. As to digital, during my last photo session I did something similar and did something I had never done before – I set my G10 to ‘continuous’ and ended up with close to 2000 exposures. Having done 99.9 percent of my work with 35mm film, this was a total ‘out of the box’ behavior for me. The majority of the exposures are, of course’ total crap. However I really liked the fluidity of it. It brought about another way of seeing my ‘subject’ when I edited the photos, and I also found that stuff that I thought was totally unusable actually was great if ‘treated’ a little differently. A

    • christian harkness / Feb 8 2014 9:38 pm

      [the cyber gremlins posted the above before I was finished]
      Anyhow, I think it is very important for us to disregard conventional wisdom and formal rules every now and then, and go for something totally different.

  2. sibokk / Feb 9 2014 1:35 am

    I’m the same, every time I go out I say to myself “what the hell am I doing here?”.

    Even with my digi (almost) everything must be manual, I don’t trust auto on anything (except with theses digital lenses with focus rings that have no beginning/end), but I totally understand that.

    • Aware of the Void / Feb 10 2014 12:34 pm

      I am very glad to read that Simon – I had assumed that you had this nailed.

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