Photography 101: Solitude

Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone.

As you frame your shot, apply the tried-and-true Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. – The Daily Post

The first rule my photography friend taught me to improve my shot was the Rule of Thirds.  Its a skill I still use today.  Sometimes, I play around with it.  For me, how a photo is structure says a lot about what you are capturing.  It doesn’t have to have fancy filters.  I know I never use them on Instagram because its not the natural picture.  It all comes down to personal preference, right?

Fresh photos have one problem.  I take mine in the morning on my way to work so if its a busy Friday workday morning like today, bustling full of activities in the streets.  Solitude comes rarely and its especially a fleeting moment where I can’t control any aspect of it. I tried my best to apply the Rule of Thirds once I found the opportunity.


Not the best representation of it.  But if I do catch a second shot later today, I’ll post up an additional post. 🙂

Photography 101: Street

To capture your street snapshot, wander your own neighborhood — or explore someplace new!

In your wide shot, also think about its basic components: a foreground and a background. The foreground is the part of your scene that’s nearest to the viewer, and where you can place a subject or focal point of your picture – The Daily Post

I work in the business sector of the very pretty Old Montreal.  Although there are still a few tourist attractions nearby, like the Notre-Dame Church.  These streets are ones I walk by everyday and they are ever so breathtaking to see the European style in Canada.  A very special feature of Old Montreal and probably why a lot of tourists choose to visit here.

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

I’m not exactly sure what story was told here.  Mornings are just people walking around and parking and running off to work.  Its a quiet area since its the business district so I guess thats why I chose to use a tree as the center on the top to show the autumn season and the “bureaux a louer” (aka offices for rent) sign and the Canada Post mailbox next to a lamppost in the third to add a little something.

What streets do you frequent? Do you like to explore new streets?