I like to listen to Valerie Jardin’s Podcast: Hit The Streets. Last weeks episode, My Shot List with Ralph Velasco talked about photographing off a shot list. A shot list like: make a list of topics or categories you would like to cover for a certain project. Like a vacation destination, your hometown etc. He also created an iOS app for this. That’s what I did for my hometown, I created such a list. It can be a useful tool if things seem kind of blah. You know your town, been to many locations so many times, nothing left to photograph. With a shot list, I feel I can look at things a bit differently, or try something new.
Every Saturday we have a farmers market next to the city hall. Although we live here since a couple of years, it was the first time that I actually went there. The produce looked really good and I bought some apples and peaches (the wonderful smell, and taste of course). I tried to get some candid photos, but this didn’t turn out the way I hoped, only two that I would consider being keepers. Room for improvement. My new shot list pushed me a bit to try something different: candid photographs of people passing by. Day to day life.
I like to bring one lens only when I’m out and about, especially when I stay local and can come back another time. This time I took my 23mm lens, which is 35mm in “full frame” terms. It is a nice focal length. Not too wide, but still wide enough to capture the surroundings.