“I need to take more photos.”
As a hobbyist photographer, I’ve said this to myself time and time again. Unfortunately, I’m never shooting as much as I want. A few personal reasons why I should shoot more:
- I really like taking photos. Everyone should do more of what they like.
- I want to get better at photography. Best way to get better is just do it. Very Nike.
- I would like my 2016 year in photos to be fun and awesome. See 2014 and 2015.
For these reasons, Meet the Streets 2016 was a great excuse for me to go out and shoot. In a previous post, I recapped my thoughts and shared wonderful photos from the Meet the Street participants. This post will be a few choice photos from my Meet the Streets experience.
Much like exercise, I feel like it’s good to warm up when doing a shoot. Best to start with low stakes to get you into the groove. In this case, the rooster and the plant weren’t going to judge me for shooting them.
First stop was the Carbon Market. I mentioned this before, I was impressed. It’s been a really long time since I visited Carbon. Of course, I didn’t do any purchasing, but the area didn’t seem as hassle as I thought it would be. Looks like there were great strides made in making the place more habitable.
My first real portrait of the day. In this case, I got to interact with this kid a little bit before taking the shot. Admittedly, he didn’t say much. He just kept posing and was happy to see the photo afterwards. When shooting street, a weakness of mine is my lack of interaction with my subjects. Kids are always good practice.
That’s Jason, my photography buddy.
I always appreciate not knowing what to expect when hitting the streets. You truly never know what you might see. Like the goat’s eye pictured above, it was my first time to see it. Here’s a blog post from Langyaw for a better explanation of what it supposedly does.
Mao ra ni ang makatabang nimo pare!
My first photography love is shooting people. Normally, I like to get nice and close with a wide angle lens. There’s a thrill when photographing people you don’t know. More often than not, you only get one shot and most shots don’t work.
During the photowalk, I talked to a guy on a trike. He was ideally located in the middle of the street with the buildings behind him. In my head, the shot would have been his face in the middle with the buildings in the back forming a “V”. I asked if I could take his photo. He said yes, but he didn’t look at my direction. In short, it didn’t work.
We ended the photowalk here.
It was a good spot for the sunset and we could peer down into the road below.
Again thanks to everyone for joining us for Meet the Streets. We hope to do something again soon. If you have any suggestions, feel free to send us a message.