It’s still summer here. The days are sunny and warm and in the evenings you see a lot of pepole having late dinners on terraces enjoying the dark but warm nights. But I’m afraid these are the last summer days I will see in Hamburg. Tomorrow I’m flying to Finland for a week, and it will already be September when I’m back.
Can someone please stop the time?
One thing everyone should experience in Hamburg is the fishmarket. You should either stay up all night or wake up early and be there at 6 in the morning. I almost thought it’s not worth it, but that was only beacause I didn’t know what to expect. I could never have imagined that the fishmarket would be that crowded and have live music and everything. And that fishsandwich tasted pretty good when sitting on the dock, watching the sun go up and the big cruise ship Queen Mary arrive at Port of Hamburg.
Street photography is 80 % balls and 20 % skills. – Eric Kim
I’ve had the privilege to travel a lot during the last four months. What else could a person interested in street photography ask for? In my opinion, the most interesting pictures are portraits of interesting people in cities. But somehow I’ve not managed to shoot interesting photos.
There are two reasons for this failure. I’m usually not traveling alone and I don’t want to irritate the other person by stopping all the time to take pictures. I should be there alone and take the time to focus and really look for those moments to take great shots. But the main reason is that I don’t have the balls to walk close enough to people and take their portraits.
I’ve read about several techniques how to take portraits of strangers and how to get an interesting eyecontact with the person, and at the same time get a natural expression on the face. Some professionals say that you should always ask permission before taking a picture. Others tell you never to ask. So I guess I just have to find my own way in this matter.
My best street photography portrait so far is taken in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The positioning with the man in the middle of the picture is not that interesting, but what I like about the picture is the interesting face telling a story, the honest smile and the culture in the background.
I came to our office in Brussels at 8:30 in the morning only to find out that Central-Europeans start their workdays at 9 am (I should have known this after 9 months in Hamburg). But I found a desk outside the door and our wireless worked perfectly, so I could use the half hour efficiently anyway. But my street office got quite funny looks from people walking by, haha :)