24 ian. 2016

Unlock the photographer

Yeah...tough thing, this blogging thing, especially when you don't do it and want to start doing it again. It's been nice to see that even if I haven't said anything for a while there was some sort of traffic around here. Looking back I was never too consistent with my posting, my bad, but I guess this way of starting a blog post, with the "long time no see bla bla" became a cliche among bloggers a very long long looooong time ago. I think it kind of sounds like a promise to some potential future readers, that even though you were lazy with your previous work you are now a better you and you will post on a regular basis, weekly AT LEAST, well...I am not selling that and for sure I won't buy it from anybody.

Now, if you passed the awful intro, photographically speaking I've been quite busy. If you're asking yourself the answer is no, I wasn't out in the freezing cold taking pictures, some people did and congrats to them, but I find it much more comfortable to go out for running (yup, running) rather than roaming around the city with a camera in my hands. That and also I've been quite busy with work as well, but back to our business which, on this blog at least, it's photography.

What I've been doing lately is some retrospective work, if I may call it like that. After returning from my second trip in India I couldn't find the proper state of mind to go photowalking around the city at all. I did instead two portrait sessions for two friends and I volunteered for a event as a photographer and that's it, but I started to go through the thousands of pictures that were just laying around on my hard drive, especially the ones I got from the first trip in India.

So I went around that huge pile of pictures, day by day, just a couple of minutes, each day I selected 1-2 pictures, spent some time in Lightroom, then post them on 500px and Leica-Fotopark (I love Leica-fotopark, but I will talk about this on a future post, and this promise I'll keep) and also on my fb page ( Tryingtodoart). During this process something interesting happened, I started to appreciate photography again, more and more. Well, I am also reading this book "The Creative Photographer" by Andreas Feininger and it's an awesome lecture, especially if you feel that you are stuck like I was. As i know that long posts are boring and nobody reads them unless it's a list somewhere, even if I'm certain that too many people wrote it it's too late, you got so far so here it is:


1. Go back in time

Look through that hard drive of yours where you stash the pictures you never look at ever again. For sure there is some gold somewhere around there just waiting for you to look at it from a different angle.

2. Read

Pick any book about photography, it even doesn't need to be a good one, if it's a bad one you'll know it but at least you know where you stand. You may want to do this step before the first one. You may change your angle faster like that.

3. Explore

Look at what kind of photography others are doing, and while you're at it like, vote, rate, comment on the ones that move you, and if you have some pictures of yours around there they will return the favor, everybody knows that this is how it works on photography platforms, give attention in order to receive attention, and eventually something will make you want to start taking pictures again, either either an idea for a photo project, or something else, who knows.

4. Travel

Go and see places. Changing the air may do the trick.

5. Narrow it down

Try thinking about a subject and focus only on that. Maybe you shot whatever you encountered and you need to limit your searching area

6. New toys

Intentionally I left this one last: try some different equipment, it may work, but think about the phrase: "baby it's not you, it's me", you may end up spending good money for a dust collector, if you are going to buy it, but wise it would be to just rent it and see how it goes. (I am not really recommending this if someone is stuck but rather if you feel you want a different approach or you know it would serve its purpose) and let's face it, somebody around there is doing something great with some equipment identically with yours, so gear shouldn't be an excuse.

And the show can go on, but I am too bored to write anymore, I think this is a record for my blog, and I really want to post some last-year-but-recently-found-and-edited-pictures, (I think it's a name too long to be hashtagged :))) )


Egg seller

Orange meeting

Market after rain

10 oct. 2015

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2015

3rd October. Today I was a Photo Leader in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk Event

That was a pretty good day. Not only because it was weekend and I was looking forward for 1-2 days off from work, but also because of the Worldwide Photowalk event. This year about 1000 photowalks around the globe, a pretty big number, with an average of 21.5 photographers/walk, if you ask me.

It's the second time when I take part in the event, but it was a totally new experience for me. It's the first time I tried to organize a photowalk in India. It felt like a big thing, keeping in mind that it was in the context of the worldwide photowalk, I experienced the joy to see that, even though I am not local, 18 persons answered my invitation to the event, but in the end only 5 of them showed up, and figured out that there was another photowalk starting in the same area, but 1 hour later than the one I was leading, and this confused the people.

Either it was the time difference or the fact that I proposed a 4 hour photowalk, covering a couple of miles scared them off :)) (from Sector 22 Market to Shukna Lake, Chandigarh).

Anyway, the photowalk went well, everybody was awesome, eventually in our small group we decided to go around, take some pictures, and then join the other photowalk, but in the end this idea proved to be just a loss of precious light, so we continued by ourselves and called it a day in Sector 17 Market.

I hope everybody had a great time in the event and due to the fact that I am not a big fan of words I will make a better use of virtual space by sharing my favorite moments of the photowalk.

The Womb



16 mar. 2015

Arh. Haralamb Georgescu

Pe o vreme asemanatoare ,dar cu cateva grade in minus, pedalam luna trecuta in tromba prin oras cautand cladirile Arh. Radu Dudescu. Acum cateva zile am facut o calatorie asemanatoare, in locuri pe care si de data asta le stiam prea bine.

Dimineata era innorat, tragea a ploaie, ajung la Obor si pana sa plec deja incepea sa iasa soarele... perfect. In continuare am dat o tura de Herastrau, dupa care am coborat pe Calea Victoriei, am facut stanga sa ajung pe Magheru si am terminat plimbarea langa Gradina Icoanei.

Arhitectul de data asta este Haralamb Georgescu,(click pe nume pentru o redirectionare catre o descriere de pe wikipedia),discipol si ulterior partenerul Arh. Horia Creanga, dar despre el veti putea citi mai multe in urmatorul numar din revista Bucurestiul meu drag, va iesi din cuptor candva zilele astea.

Halele Obor

Halele Obor

Restaurant Pescarus

Calea Victoriei 91-93

Imobilul ARO

Sala Toma Caragiu, Teatrul Bulandra

20 feb. 2015

Arh. Radu Dudescu

Timp de patru zile am cautat urmele Arh. Radu Dudescu in Bucuresti. Rasfirate fiind, am ajuns in locuri pe care nu le-am mai vazut pana acum, printre care si Cimitirul Bellu, dar cateva dintre ele le cunosteam de mult si treceam frecvent pe langa ele.Cum era de asteptat, ma simt ceva mai apropiat de ele si de oras. Mai multe veti putea vedea curand in urmatorul numar "Bucurestiul meu drag".

Weekend placut,
Sabin P.

Blocul Zodiac - Calea Dorobantilor ^

Blocul Zodiac - Calea Dorobantilor, curte interioara ^

BNR - corpul de pe Str. Doamnei ^

Victoriei 22-24 ^

Blocul Teatrului Nottara - Bd. Gen. Magheru ^

Policlinica CFR ^

Cavoul Mitita Constantinescu - Cimitirul Bellu ^