All pictures taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL3 and Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7.
The other day I was walking from Friedrichstraße to Französische Straße. Thanks to a huge building site the subway is not running between these two subway stops. Well, I had my camera, so I wasn’t too bothered about the walk. It’s a rather touristy stretch with quite a lot of shops and it’s not that easy to capture anything interesting apart from people walking. This is generally the problem with street photography in certain areas. People are just passing through and nothing much is happening. After all some person walking doesn’t make an interesting picture yet. It’s good to take those “boring” shots too though, because that way you get practice for the moments when really something exceptional lands in front of your lens. Practice practice practice. There is another reason why taking the boring shots is important as well: Sometimes you only see what’s really happening when you open up the picture on the screen or look at the print. Strange things might be happening in the background that you didn’t notice in the moment itself or details might suddenly strike you as interesting that you couldn’t have seen unless you could have stopped time. You will only know if you take the shot anyway. And that’s precisely why I like to have a digital camera while I’m just walking around on errands. It doesn’t matter if I take too many pictures or if it’s too dark for the autofocus to work perfectly. If 90% of the shots turn out blurry or boring, there is no cost attached. Not even storage cost, because you can just delete the really bad ones. However, with a bit of luck there might be something really interesting in the 10%. Those are usually the shots you would have missed if you would have had to stop, compose and possibly change settings before pressing the shutter. Just snapshots? Well, you were there and took the shot. What does it matter whether it was a deliberate effort or a matter of luck, if you get that amazing shot? Even being lucky needs a certain amount of instinct.