Being a street photographer I often overlook composition in favour of subject and scenario.
You need to have an eye on what you are doing, so you don’t do entertaining things like trip over your tripod and an eye on what you are photographing. It also helps if you can have your third omnipotent eye on what potentially might happen somewhere ahead of you. To put it simply – you’re busy! Busy capturing the essence of a chaotic urban moment or the most memorable faces in a crowd.
Have I been missing something?
Only from time to time over the last few years I have remembered to photograph based more on visual lines. Almost exclusively this has been when I was travelling and had more time on my hands. However since I have had this blog I have quickly realised how narrow my focus has been. (No pun intended)
Doubtless my passion is street, urban and travel photography but I can now see (with the benefit of hindsight) that within these genres I haven’t experimented very much. Photography isn’t my day job and I normally have to get a little inspiration before I get out there and lug around the SLR. But pleasingly that is exactly what the community at WordPress.com and the assortment of photo challenges here has done.
I look forward to challenging myself more with the hope of improving and learning as I go. There’s always hope right? As the father of street photography himself once said.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Get in line. A Gallery of images featuring leading visual lines.
Thanks again to Cee and her photo challenges for the inspiration for this post. Click an image to enlarge. ^ Feature image above from Florentine arcade alongside the Arno River.
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This post about Negative Space photo composition.