Photo composition. Leading the witness…

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 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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I'm passionate about travelling, music, photography, blogging, 'Social Anthropology' (the posh term for people-watching) and creating content. I travel to learn and observe to understand. My dream day would look something like this.... A bottle of red (or two), fresh baguette (or two) & wedge of Camembert (or two), a balmy Paris September eve spent people-watching in fine company on the banks of the Canal St Martin.

8 thoughts on “Photo composition. Leading the witness…

    1. Thanks Jane. That shot of Budapest is interesting. I was running late for a train back to Western Europe. I saw that sunrise scene and it was like – you have one shot. More than that and you WILL miss your train. Nothing like pressure hey. Haha. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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