Re-Discovering My Surroundings

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by ddekadt, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Cambridge, MA
    When I hit a snag in my work, or I'm just feeling demotivated, uninspired, or down, I've taken to photo walks in my neighborhood. Trying to find new ideas, angles, moments, and frames in a place I've walked every day for roughly four years is an extremely stimulating challenge.

    These are the result of a walk around yesterday with my EM-5 and OM 75.

    Re-interpreting Harvard yard:
    24617248172_35943c56b7_b. Suspicions by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    24708838606_c5254c0db0_b. Columns by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    Late afternoon, as the light turned glorious:
    24112443883_9292e99d2b_b. Shadowed Reflections by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    24645681591_0338fa4142_b. Untitled by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    24621364452_fd35ab7e1f_b. Untitled by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    And looking up, you can see something new every moment of every day:
    24645721521_57500291da_b. Untitled by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr

    24645697651_30866c8231_b. Untitled by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr
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  2. Bomber

    Bomber Mu-43 Veteran

    Motivation, that can be a pretty in depth discussion.
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  3. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Nice shots! I suspect we all struggle with continuing to see new things in our own environments. It's easy to find inspiration when you're visiting NYC, Paris, the Grand Canyon, etc. Finding something new and interesting in our daily haunts is more challenging. Of course, it helps when that home turf is someplace picturesque like Harvard. :)
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  4. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    I only see interesting subjects when my camera is home in the bag.
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  5. crossen

    crossen Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2014
  6. crossen

    crossen Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2014
    The images of Harvard Yard bring back strong memories. I got married in Appleton Chapel, long ago. The image of reflections is very powerful too, expressing a lot about Cambridge, which was effectively my home town.
    Thanks for posting,
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  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Great images!

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  8. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Cambridge, MA
    Haha, very true, though only the first two are of Harvard. In some ways, the yard can be hard to photograph because it's so "done", and there are so many tourists wandering around. So in those shots I was trying to do something a little different.

    So true. But one of the beauties of M4/3 is that you can just take your camera with you in your coat pocket or your work backpack (which is what I did). :)
  9. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    All good images of course but to me that first one one is super, really good work.
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  10. swede

    swede Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    Very nice images and well done! Sometimes its good to limit yourself, like you did here.. take only one lens and just try to see with "that eye". I often do that, take my 25 or 45 and just focus on that fov. Personally i take better pictures that way, to many lenses in a bag and i get blind.
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  11. Kirk

    Kirk Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    You make nice use of that 75mm.
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  12. chicago8c

    chicago8c Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Brings back memories of my time in Cambridge - spent a year living on Harvard St just east of Harvard Yard, and another year I took a Hindi class in the Yard. Evocative photos and a nice blast from the past. Thanks!
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