At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.
I’ve cropped this just about every way possible but keep coming back to this one. There is a chunk of empty asphalt. It also isn’t going to do as well in a small view as it’s easy to miss the kid on the handlebars and the cigarette- the very things that make the picture. I posted it for some feedback in one of the Flickr groups I like about street photography. This is an excerpt of one of the comments. There is absolutely nothing of interest on the entire left side of the frame. It is hard to imagine composing a photo so unbalanced. Whatever you edited out surely was more interesting than that huge expanse of empty asphalt? If cutting out whatever it is you cut out seems an improvement to you, then the original must have really really sucked. A bit rough I thought. I don’t mind direct feedback but still feel like basic mannersThis guy is from NYC and I have a historical/cultural issues with this type of conversation. Maybe he also reviews papers? ought to apply in most things in life. All that being said, I still really like this photograph. It may be that I can claim no credit for what makes it good as that was all in the moment and the content. I […]