photo walk: green

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Everytime I start to a new photo walk I consider several themes and choose one before I’m out of the door. Everytime I doubt finding enough motives, but then I see the first thing and next to it the second. Suddenly everywhere pops something up. Like yesterday, when I chose ‚green‘ as my theme for the walk. I really doubted, that I would find much more than plants, but I forgot how colorful Berlin is. There were green doors, green graffitis, green shop signs and some more. Within an hour I had over 40 different motives together. I think, when you choose to shoot one theme, the brain focuses mainly on finding fitting things automatically. It’s like looking for Waldo. The brain is trained to search for a red-white striped thingy and blends everything else out. It’s amazing, what you can find with this technic.

Somewhere along the way an old man asked: ‚Do you take a photo of everything?‘ ‚No‘ I said ‚today just everything that’s green.‘ Sounds a little bit crazy, right? The man looked a little irritated till I explained, that I do photo walks with a theme to train my photographic eye and the use of my camera. We talked on for a while. When I walked on I had to smile. Yes, it sounds crazy taking photos of things, that are green. But it’s the best training I can think of and I found the most fun and beautiful things looking for little details on the photo walks, that most people will overlook.

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My very first photo walk was about ‘white‘. Colors are a very easy start to do a photo walk, because you train your eyes to look for everything and on unusual places. Therefore I started with several color themed photo walks back then:
white | blue | yellow | color contrast | soft colors | I need colors

You can see how my photography style evolved over the years in big parts thanks to those photo walks. Find more photo walks here.

train your photographic eye

monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor

On Thursday my boyfriend and I went to Wremen, North of Bremerhaven, to take a walk along the coast and soak up the sun. Somehow I didn’t feel like taking photos, because I went there before and it would have been just the same motives. But suddenly I had the idea. I changed my SLR camera into the monochrome mode. This way I tried to train my eye for black & white photography. When I checked the photos on the camera, I wasn’t very satisfied or even thrilled about the results. They looked somehow boring and uninteresting. But now, that I see the photos in large, they put a smile on my face. I love the textures and light spots in the pictures.

monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor

I’m always amazed, how different monochrome photos look compared to colored photos. How the focus rests on textures and light & shadow, and how poetical pictures look suddenly. It always feels a little bit more like art, taking photos this way. What do you think?

All photos were taken with my Olympus E-520 camera in the monochrome mode and were not edited afterwards.