Summer has finally arrived, and my summer vacation started. Today temperature climbed even up to +24 Celsius, which is just enough for me. These shots I took last Monday, when me and my wife went bicycling to Pyynikki view tower and back.
One of the things I've done during my first days of holiday has been reading of some interesting writings on photography. They have made me think such things as: "What is my photographic process?" and "What makes a dull picture look good?" Answer to the first question is very complex, but in short I have discovered it is all about having fun. Camera is my toy, and photography is my playground. My best moments are when I discover some new game like way to edit or cool thing to shoot.
But photography also seem to be a question of lucky coincidences for me. Someone at Google+ objected this, saying it is almost sad if peeps think there is luck involved. But for me luck is positive and welcome factor. I trust on coincidences that bring subjects for me to photograph. It does not have to be anything extraordinary. It is enough to spot something like a person running in the right direction in the right moment. Or a sun shining just from the right direction. Of course one can minimize the affect of coincidences with the quantity, aka stand long enough on the same spot to get enough interesting things happen around and on right moment. Or travel to some extraordinary and exotic place to get astonishing pictures. But for someone lazy like me, it is not a very tempting option to see all the trouble to wait and get prepared for the right moment. I rather just keep camera ready and shoot whatever life brings on my way.
Then what comes to the second question, I have found it somewhat funny how peeps seem to like edited pictures more than unedited ones. Including myself. Even a tiny trick can make a dull picture look much better. I remember being against any cheap circus tricks, and swearing in the name of authenticity and documentary. But after all, if photography really want to compete with other arts, then some creativity is necessary. Then of course comes the question: "What visual art is?" On one comment I said art is a rubber duck. And I really think so, and meant visual art. It is a question of making something tempting and interesting. The most important thing is to capture the attention. Anything that manage to do so is visual art in my opinion. Although, some things simple just are more aesthetic than others. Then according to my own taste, I think a good editing is invisible. In other words, if you don't even notice picture has been edited, and it looks good, then editing has been succeeded. I do not claim that some "over edited" pictures are then bad. They are just different. But then the editing steps into main role in the picture and that is a very different topic.