Shooting Amsterdam in a couple of hours
GEOMETRY & BALANCE
While “scanning” for photo ops, I always remember his master voice: Henry Cartier-Bresson was frequently asked what “photography” meant to him…and his answer was frequently also another one single word: “Geometry”. And I totally understand him. Everywhere I look, I see geometry: Lines, triangles, intersections, symmetry, and the sum of all this translates to another single word: “Balance”.
Another single word that helps me to get that extra shot instead of losing it to laziness. As tired as I may be after walking for hours with my gear on my shoulders, I never let myself succumb to laziness and I always go those extra meters where – usually – a photo op waits of me.
HAVING FUN & EXPERIMENTING
Shooting alone is definitely the best way to shoot as you can take your time to wait and play with different angles, people, backgrounds.Unless you are planning on interacting with people, it is always best to shoot alone.
I love to subtitle my images with what´s in them.
Sometimes you just have to do it. In this case the light was coming from the left, almost asking for the biker to be shot just there. She is biking away from the frame, I know, and I knew it when shooting it. But it just made more sense.
MAKE VIEWERS THINK
Sometimes images can speak for themselves. Just be aware of what is there and what is coming.
Know when to edit and how much to edit. In this case I wanted to give the sense of imprisoning, darkness and fear. To me (I emphasise ME) it´s all about darkening the edges, and adding a bit of dramatic noise.
SHAPES & REFLECTIONS
Be aware of shades, shapes & reflections. It can mess with the viewers minds, and at least they are never indifferent to the images.
BE THE FIRST
If you are focused enough, you can always be the first one to notice the photo op. After I took this shot, and after being spotted by other passers-by, they all run to shoot this strange character. She noticed and took off.