Need to shoot more

La Havana – September 2014

Looking at my picture, in an attempt to be a little more constant in posting some interesting pics, i struggle and i get the message. i need to shoot more. As i’ve said before, the more my critical eye is getting better and the less i see interesting things in my work.

Right now i’m going for “if it makes me stop flicking and go back, then there might be something”. Probably not much here as well, but this one made me go back.

You can only lose what you cling to

You can only lose what you cling to – Buddha.

Napoli - July 2015

Napoli – July 2015

Bam! How’s that for a quote?

A lot has changed photografically for me in the past two years and and i think i kind of “woke up” from my previous state as a “roaming clicker” And i’m not talking about skills, because i think i generally take very average photographs. I’m also not talking about taking snapshots for which i also rediscovered a lot of appreciation. I also have still not found my perfect medium yet and i’m really not even trying to hard. Non of the cameras i have (except maybe for the Spotmatic) generate in me the need to pickup that one camera and go out. So if nothing of what i just wrote has changed, then what has?

It’s my eyes.

I’m learning to see. I have a more critical view of what’s around me. From this to taking a good photograph it’s a looming way to go and i’m not even sure i’m gonna get there. But being able to distinguish what can be interesting and of (potential) value is making me feel i’m making a big transition towards improvement.

The drivers:


I haven’t converted 100% to digital by any means. I still probably shoot 30%film and 70% digital. But film has helped me learn the value of the shot as one of few you can bring home with you. Also it has taught me to wait. Unless i  start developing at home (which good thing i’m too lazy to do) i always wait a long time, i become detached from the pictures, forget about em, and it becomes easier to pick the valuable ones.

I still shoot a lot and can go home after a morning shooting with about 250-300 pictures. Digital gives you the advantage of when you do find something interesting, you can really start to have fun, go crazy and discover different options within a certain subject. You can still do that with film but my wallet would start to complain, plus i see it as kind of a waste.


I got off GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrom), and started with photography books… i guess everybody has to satisfy their own addiction. And plus i also quit smoking recently…. Anyways, i started filling my living room with the best books i could find at a reasonable price. Slowly i built a small collection of good classics and some more. Looking at these books (sometimes multiple times) helped me educate myself on what works, what doesn’t, and how pictures go together. I could do a better job at just shutting everything around me and just sitting with one of them at least once a week. Right now it’s all random…but still good.


Either digital, live but confronting my work with others has really helped me understand that we’re all facing the same difficulties, let downs, small gratifications. But also realise that if i want to get better i have to step up my game. Go for workshops, meet up with friends that shoot, read street photography forums, find a club near you and see where you stand.


….I’ve had a troubled relationship with Flickr lately and decided to clean it all up. I’ll post something about it next time.

Newly found Quality

Barcelona - December 2014

Barcelona – December 2014

Yeah, last thing i thought was that i was going to end this Sunday with something productive like a blog post.

I was waiting so much on a weekend off that when i finally got it, i had no idea what i was supposed to do. I wish i spent more time on my photography, and i was about to go to sleep 5 mins ago thinking that i didn’t. I actually spent at least 3 hours on and off in these two days, carelessly editing my pictures from December 2014 until now. Roughly 3600 pictures which would seem quite a few, but in reality it’s not. I’m having a hard time finding the wish to shoot lately and i think part of it is the job, part of it the fact that i’m kinda done with being here. We’ll see how that goes in 6 months.

However one important thing i learned 5 mins ago by flicking quickly through my edited past 3 months. Editing is dramatically important. Quickly browsing through 3 months worth of photos i kept thinking to myself “this is all crap”. And don’t get me wrong, it mostly is… But when the number comes down to 200 it definitely is a different ball game. I know it sounds like a very simple concept, but filtering out all the “just for fun” shots i found quite a few that i didn’t totally dislike.

Napoli - January 2015

Napoli – January 2015

Something else worth mentioning is that i should probably start thinking about getting the lightroom subscription for 10 bucks a month. I’ve been waiting since the end of december to make a decision: either get the subscription or wait for lightroom 6 to come out. I read about a rumor it was due tomorrow, but no news to be found on the interweb so it seems unlikely. But then again, even if it does come out tomorrow, should i buy the standalone? i’ve been running away from the decision but i need to make it. I still haven’t figured out the benefit of one or the other but really don’t want to get sucked in a monthly payment forever. Decisions, decisions… buonanotte.

Active but not showing it

Social media (blogging included) is never a good representation of of the person behind the screen. I’d say it can reflect 40% realistically what the person your reading is about, everything else can be anything else, completely beyond what you might think.

I was going through my recent blog posts and realised it was the case. It looks like I’m not taking pictures recently, but I’m not. I’m only shooting with film, and relaxing on a certain set of tones but i’m not.  I haven’t bought any good photography books, but I actually have. It looks like i’m done writing here but I’m not.

So here’s something from last week. It’s not film, It’s not my usual Kodachrome tone, and it’s inspired by some pictures i saw from Alex Webb’s use of light (I also picked up a book by him and his wife recently, highly recommended —> LINK).

December 2014 - Naples

December 2014 – Naples