Revisiting photos with fresh eyes

I wrote recently about how I'd been struggling for inspiration whilst walking around Manhattan.  On first inspection, almost all of the shots seemed worthless and I was set to delete the lot.  However with a few weeks of separation and some fresh eyes, I've actually found something to like.  Even though these aren't artistic masterpieces, there's a story in each one.  Hopefully you enjoy them, and as ever, please feel free to comment.

Struggling for inspiration in NYC

How is it possible to struggle for photographic inspiration in New York?  I'm not sure but I do struggle nonetheless.  It's just so...everything...all at once.  I find myself unable to capture the enormity of the buildings, the heat in the summer, the cold in the winter, the noise, the smells.  Obviously photography is purely a visual medium but it has to be possible to hint at these things - I just haven't succeeded yet.  

Then there's the people - so many interesting characters but let me just come out and say it - I'm afraid to point a camera at them in case I get screamed at - New York style: "Hey Jackass, are you gonna stick that camera up your ass or do I need to do it for you?"

It's very easy to just end up with the usual touristy shots - I have many sets of these!

On this latest visit, after many boring frames, I decided to focus on traffic.  Most of these shots were crap too.  However, I do have one that I'm happy with, which I share with you now.

What's your experiece of shooting big cities?  Any advice?  Or do you have some other setting where the images you come home with just don't reflect what you're trying to capture?  Let's hear all about it in the comments below.

Taxi on Park Avenue, Manhattan. Click for enlargement.

Breakfast and a morning mooch in Seattle

Seattle is 8 hours behind the UK, so by the time the locals are ready to serve breakfast, anyone on UK time is starving.  Fortunately, this city has no shortage of places to eat.  One of my favourite spots is Lowell's, in the Pike Place Market.  Good food, and lots of photos opportunities when you've finished.

Click for enlargements


Street photography in Hong Kong – Chinese New Year

Street photography has never been one of my strong suits. I’ve always felt uncomfortable pointing my camera at strangers. However, if you have a compact camera, you can get away with a little bit more. The public assume you must just be a tourist, whereas someone with a DSLR is clearly either a pervert or a paparazzo!  (As I mentioned in a previous post, the people of the Far East are far more accommodating of those with cameras than we are in the West.)

Recently I bought a new compact camera (thanks in part to a mega load of Amazon vouchers from my credit card reward scheme) – the Sony RX100 Mk3. While I haven’t used it enough to write any kind of a review, I can say one thing – the articulated screen is great! You can stand there head down, like you’re looking your phone, all the while snapping passers by. It’s also brilliant for capturing low angles that would otherwise need you to lie on your belly.

Anyway, the following images are from a recent trip to Hong Kong. Most of them are from the Chinese Lunar New Year Fair in Victoria Park. Incidentally, 2015 is the year of the goat/sheep. See if you can spot any images which give this away!