Travel Photography: The 7 Rules to Take Good Blurred Pictures
Harry Fisch. – Bath in the Ganges at night
(Publicado en la revista USA SLR LOUNGE)
Taken on occasion of a Nomad PhotoXpedition Workshop in Varanasi, at 5 a.m., this photograph manages to reflect the magical moment of bathing on the banks of the Ganges. Being obsessed with definition and light might have spoiled such an extraordinary shot. Beyond aesthetics and composition, common to every photographic activity, technique plays an important role in this kind of pictures.
Rule # 1: There Are No Rules
Creativity rules, actually. There are photographers such as Antoine D'Agata who turn blurry photographs into a form of expression, almost the author's signature.
Others like Mc Curry use it only in specific situations to signal movement. The appropriate speed doesn’t actually exist, unless you can repeat exactly the same conditions
The risks are not those we are told about: no tiger will devour us and it is unlikely that we will be speared by a savage. A “savage” who, by the way, no longer uses a spear, but a “Kalashnikov”, a much cleaner and safer method of killing, something else that the consumer society has brought with it.
Sometimes the risks come from drinking tea in cups of dubious aspect - to put it elegantly- and of a disquieting color. At other times they come from getting “Holy Water” from the Ganges in the face. But most times, they come from using rusty taxis that have never had a technical inspection as transportation.
On this trip I was lucky: I wasn't required to ingest “Prasat” (the sweet food that you get at the temples as the highest blessing of all), nor to share my plate with the workers at the salt mines (it is interesting to see the level of hygiene of crockery at some places in this part of the world).
I have decided to draw up a list of potential risk factors for travelers/photographers, all of them undoubtedly of great interest to insurance companies. Their order does not imply a risk hierarchy...
The Rickshaw. - This vehicle is the ultimate green means of transportation. A human-powered buggy pulled by a bicycle, its fuel a mixture of sweat, effort and hunger. The only one, by the way, in which I've had an accident up to now with some small consequences. Non-polluting, cost-effective. Its low speed always causes minor injuries when colliding with another one. The risk is the wound that contact with any part of the vehicle may cause, because it is always perfectly rusty and soiled.
See this article just published in LSR Lounge
Travel photography often requires efforts and planning, in addition to technique.
I am going to share with you some of the techniques for approaching people I have developed after years of experience of taking photographs with Nomad Photo Xpedition at the most remote locations around the world.
It took me three two-hour sessions at 5:50 am on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi to make a Sony World Photo Awards finalist. In midst of the mud, of the fog and of masses of pilgrims...
Whenever I organize a photographic journey with Nomad Photo Xpedition for my clients, I reserve about five days, at the end, for my own photographic work.
On such a trip, a small oversight or lack of planning can ruin much of the adventure. The loss of a battery charger has spoiled the day for more than one photographer who finds himself just somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Not to mention shattered memory cards or the worst of all, a broken camera.
Published in Digital Camera World UK.
A good travel photographer is, above all, an observer. In my experience, the ability to pre-visualise an image is the key to taking good photographs.
Capturing a great shot is not just a question of looking, but also of paying attention to all the details that might somehow influence the end result: light, shape, colours and hues of the objects and the people in front of the lens.
In my street photography, I take a brief moment to take in peoples’ body language and the dynamics of their every day life in the street. Interpreting and anticipating the scene in front of me helps me to find an appropriate focus to my images.
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