Like a lot of other photographers, I not only do my own blog but also spend time looking at others' photo blogs. Mainly, I do this for inspiration from the images. If the particular post is about equipment, I will quite often pass on taking a look.
But recently I spent sometime on Olivier Duong's blog and ran across a posting he did some time back about I.A.S. (You can read it yourself here: http://tinyurl.com/oyu7bsj) I recently made mention of G.A.S., or gear acquisition syndrome, and said, that for me, it was about images. Duong calls it I.A.S. or image acquisition syndrome. And he is not talking about buying others' images but getting a jolt when YOU get an image that grabs you.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said the first 10,000 images are your worst. Well, I have shot well in excess of 10,000 and am still hoping the next image I am lucky enough to capture is THE ONE!
But, in the meantime, I will keep trying. Since taking the minimalist approach with the sale of all my DSLR gear and the acquisition of its replacements, I have been having a few problems catching an image that I want to keep. So, I started just taking one of the two cameras rather than both. Only time will tell but I am hopeful that this will help me to focus on getting an image worth keeping no matter which camera I have in hand.
Today's image is a very ordinary, everyday occurance that many of us do. Just a simple shot of a gentleman doing his grocery shopping. There have been aspects of shooting with just a 35mm field of view that I did not like such as having too many elements in the compositon. So much so that the image is just a confusing collection of things and people. But, in this image, it works for me. Having the additional FOV gives the image more meaning in some ways.
Now, in color, this image did not work for me. Too much distraction. But simplifying it to a black&white image allows the gentleman to pop a little from the image and draw the eye. Plus add in the fact that the camera (a Fuji X100S) is totally silent and so small that it does not draw much attention even when I bring it to my eye. And, as I get used to the camera and its capabilities, it can sometimes be a one-handed operation (which allows me to keep the grocery cart under control).
So with that said, here is today's shot.
As always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting.....