Street Photography Diary Number 11
Welcome to my first street photography diary post of 2016. I've had a relatively productive start to the year, photography wise. I seem to be getting my groove back when it comes to street photography, well a little anyway. There's been some great light here in Dublin in January, and that always helps. The crazy roadworks continue too, but they're making things even more interesting, especially now that they've started laying tracks for the tram system upgrades.
I tried to get out of my comfort zone for the first few weeks too. I've been trying to go to places I don't normally go, and to look for narratives rather than just happening across things. I had been in somewhat of a creative funk for a while after the new year. Actually, it started before the new year, but I was determined to power through it. I'm still finding it difficult, but I'm getting back into the creative zone.
There was a while there when I couldn't see photographs. Normally as I walk about I'll "see" scenes in my mind before I actually take the picture, but for a while it just wasn't coming to me, and it was starting to stress me out. Of course, that stress just made matters worse, so my solution was to just stop trying, and go out and enjoy the sunshine and the sights and sounds. If I get some good shots, then that's a bonus. After doing this a few times I started to get my mojo back a bit and I began to "see" shots again.
The lovely winter sunshine helps. When it's out. I've written about the winter Sun here in Dublin before. The sun stays low in the sky, and it acts like a giant, but gentle spotlight, giving deep shadows and spots of light. The light itself makes a great subject, but when it interacts with people and places, it really creates an interesting tapestry to photograph.
Gear wise, this is an eclectic mix. There's a combination of Fuji X-E1, Fuji X100 and Sony A6000 all thrown in the mix. Processing is done in Lightroom, using various presets, including my own Coffee Tones (shameless plug) and VSCO Film 6.
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