At long last I've gotten around to processing my negatives from the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 7th. As I wrote in my previous blog post from the day after the event it was a VERY wet affair, so I decided very soon after we arrived at the starting point to only shoot analog photos (and a few cell phone snaps here and there) since my DSLR isn't particularly weather sealed and I didn't want to risk losing it or have to send it in for repairs. So analog it was from there on!Read More
There are few weeks when I've not taken a single picture with my trusty Canon DSLR, but this has been one of those. The weather has simply been...well...November is a good way to describe it. And Swedish November at that...which means seriously crappy light for photography! Also, it's NaNoWriMo now, that month of the year when writing takes center stage for me, which means I don't mind leaving the big camera in the backpack for a bit!Read More
I’ve done a a bit of street photography since my last blog post, and all of that in the city of Malmö, Sweden. It’s one of my usual “hunting grounds”, so the streets are very familiar to me. So for me it is trying to catch people that is the more important thing, and in interesting situations at that. That’s not always possible, due to them being too far away (yes I know I can get closer) or being too quick to end up on the memory card.
Sometimes you can’t get the camera up to your eye fast enough to grab a shot when someone does something interesting...at least I can’t. My reflexes aren’t at ninja levels, so sometimes those picture opportunities slip through my fingers.
That’s perfectly fine though, and I’ve learned to not commiserate over or mope around about the images or people that got away. There’s always other images to take, more people to spot! It is much better to focus on the shots you actually did take! If you focus well enough (no pun intended) on them you’re bound to find at least a few keepers there!
This last weekend I was one of the officials (being the "tech guy") for the international exhibition that my photo club hosts every year, this being the 14th edition of the exhibition.
It was time for the two juries to do their duties and pick the medalists, honorable mentions and personal favorites. On the Saturday they did the major part of the work by going through over 2,000 images in each section (!) and picking around 10 percent that got accepted into the exhibition.
On the Sunday morning the idea was for them to start going through the accepted images to find the best of the best to give out the big awards to. Since I was part of the "crew, being the tech guy I was supposed to go there as well and stepped onto the bus to go into Malmö. It wasn't until we turned off the ring road and turned into Malmö proper that the day turned from the ordinary to the rather surreal.
A lake? There shouldn't be a lake here!
I was preoccupied with listening to a podcast when I noticed that we had stopped in an unusual spot, and when I looked up to see why I saw a big new "lake" around the bus that doesn't usually exist there. Then I heard one of my fellow passengers say that water was pouring into the bus. Soon there were several inches of water forming a nice little reflecting pool where there absolutely should be no water!
A quick glance at the local newspaper's website later I knew this was quite the flood all over the place because of the month's worth of rain that had fallen in just a few hours, and that we couldn't count on rescue service or any tow truck to come by any time soon. And as we sat there waiting the rain picked up even more outside, dumping even more water into the temporary lake, and making the water rise even more in the bus.
We're walking out of here!
By the time us passengers decided to evacuate the bus on foot the water reached my thighs as we stepped out of the bus. I was still lucky though, given that there were several ladies on the bus who were quite shorter than I am! The water was cold, but at least we could traverse the lake and make it on to terra firma a few hundred yards further up the road. The bus driver had told us that a replacement bus would come and pick us up, but given how almost every underpass nearby was probably flooded I didn't count on that to happen...so I started walking into town instead. I didn't see any city bus either, which I would have on any normal day, so in the end it was probably a smart decision.
At the next underpass I saw several small cars try to traverse the water, and I can't for the life of me figure out why they dared to do that, since it wouldn't take much for the electronics to just go "poof" and then they'd be stuck there in water at least a foot deep! That is precisely what happened to several cars throughout the city in the end, making for quite some spectacular photos in the newspaper afterwards.
Actual photo judging
Once I made it to my destination (and one of the jury members lent me a pair of khaki shorts to wear) I was able to do what I had gone into town to do in the first place, be the tech guy at the judging of the international exhibition. I do not envy the juries the amount of decision making they have to do, just to pick their favorites and decide what image deserves "best in show". Sure we who are "staff" do a lot of work before and after the jury weekend, but I am sure the jurors are pretty much spent after the weekend.
Now comes the "clean-up" period, where lists of accepted and awarded images are collated, images are prepared for slideshows and electronic report cards are sent out. Once that is done it'll be a few weeks before it's time to rig stuff for the public viewing of the exhibition. But for now the work with the international exhibition is done...almost!