I have learned many things while trying to become a more accomplished photographer. The rule of thirds and other composition rules. How to hold the camera steady. How to use colour in a shot there are many more examples I could give.
The one thing that I have learned that is more important than anything else is this, Remember to take your camera with you when you leave the house! No matter how good a photographer you are, no matter how well you know the rules of composition it will not do you any good if you don’t have your camera.
The shot included here just happened. I was walking out to the “Langer Ludwig” from the castle courtyard in Darmstadt, Germany when the young lady walked through the gate. She was in perfect silhouette along with the castle gate. I lifted the camera to my eye composed the shot and “click” the shot was done. There was no pre planning and only a window of opportunity that lasted maybe 10-15 seconds.
Now it may be possible to recreate this shot but it will never have the same feel as this one because it will not be the same time of day the weather will be different and most certainly the same young lady will not be there so as far as I am concerned this will not happen again. Seeing the opportunity is also a skill in photography. Making the most of the opportunity is perhaps a skill that we will all improve on if we remember to take our cameras when we go out. Street Photography is not easy but it is a great way to brush up on your overall photography skills.
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