The pictures you want to take

I haven’t owned a camera for very long. At least not comparatively speaking. Before 2009 I wasn’t even all that interested. Digital photography + the Internet made it interesting for me.

When I bought my first DSLR, we’d just moved to Saint John. This has made me think of all the pictures I would have taken, if I’d had it while still in Quebec City. I thought also about all the pictures I wanted to take in my hometown in Sweden. I had certain ideas of exactly how I wanted to shoot them.

telegrafgrand-minDuring my trip in 2011, I think I was just too excited to be back after seven or eight years, so I wasn’t really organized. But 2012, I’d made a list of those images I had in my mind. This is one of them. It’s a very old area of the city, that they’ve managed to spare from the hysteria of tearing down, during the 60’s. I always found this little alley — Telegraph Alley — cute, somehow, so I took it. A few days later, we were out driving, my ex-sister-in-law and I. We stopped at a diner and had coffee. They had brochures there with tourist information, and we both jumped when we saw «my» picture! It was almost identical! We thought this was so cool, so we told my brother about it when we got back, and showed him the brochure. “So what?!”, he said … “everyone and his dog takes that picture!” Well, I didn’t know that but evidently I was not alone thinking it was nice. It has happened one other time, I’ve seen “my own” picture shot by another guy … in a little village south of Saint John. I guess, after some time of taking photos, you start to look for certain things in your surroundings.

15280862092_cff4d039d2_kHere’s another one of those I’d always wanted to take. This I knew beforehand, that this is a popular photo subject … there are even postcards with this. I wanted to have one of my own, though, so this was one of my goals in Stockholm last year. The Royal Castle in the background.

Another goal I had in Stockholm is now the main header of this blog. It’s Drakens Gränd [Dragon’s Alley], in the Old City.

I have, at least one object I want to shoot here in Saint John, left. It involves night shooting and I just haven’t gotten around to it. The header image is another one of my projects in my hometown. I’ve made attempts on that one each time I’ve been home … still not 100% satisfied. The season and the weather must be just right in order to bring out the picture I have in my mind. Also, I’m always so scared of falling into the channel when I’m down there. The rocks are slippery …

Do you have any image in your mind you’d like to photograph?

30 Replies to “The pictures you want to take”

  1. I’m always amazed to find out you have not been taking pictures for decades. You have such a good eye and your technique gets better and better. I refuse to be jealous because that makes it about me, instead of about you. And this is about you and how you grace my life with your beautiful, creative images. Thank you. Just. Thank you.

    1. why, Thank YOU likewise 🙂 It’s a lot of fun. There are times, I admit, when I feel low and think that everybody else is ‘so much better’ than I. Those are the times I remind myself of 1: It’s not a competition. 2. I have improved. I go back and look at my very first photos LOL then I feel better.

  2. You do have a great eye for photos! Do you ever want to move home? It must be difficult for you. I have no specific photo I want to capture, more of a random mindset on that. But it would be great to get out more often to get those images. Basically stuck here for financial reasons recently…

    1. Thank you!

      I don’t know … I’m very happy where I am now, but I’m aware of that the day may come when I would want to go back. It’s good here … I speak the language.

      They say that your next photo object is just 10 feet away from you 😉 [whoever ‘they’ are]

  3. Sorry, lol, all I can think about is the “falling in” bit…
    Guessing an anchor rope and someone holding you back might allow you focus on getting the shot (and not the Mortal Peril; ).
    Now THAT’S Focus: )

    1. Ha ha! Right … and before I started this, I couldn’t have imagined it would be that hard to capture what I wanted. AND, the first time it was late Fall, so all the leaves were brown. Not good. Next time, June … too many leaves! Not good, can hardly see the Cathedral … water is ripply … you see, I’ll never get satisfied with this shot.

  4. Just LOVE all your photos and can only agree with what’s already been said, that you DO have an eye of what will become great photos!

    Love your header in this post and I am so glad that I too have one photo from there! 😉

    At this moment I can’t come up with any image! Brain is slow LOL But I am sure there are images there!

    1. Drakens Gränd was nice … and then you haven’t even read Jan Guillou’s books about Coq Rouge 😀 That was one of the reasons …

      Oh, things will pop up in your mind later. It just did for me: a poppy field!

  5. You do have a wonderful eye and I think it becomes second nature when shooting. I love the one of Telegraph Alley. It looks so cozy and inviting. I love the crown too. Oh, I love them all! Part of why I love yours so much is it is an area that would be hard for me to visit so I enjoy seeing other countries.
    I like taking photos of downtowns and quaint towns with long streets. I like our town here with it’s railroads running through town and the graffiti.

    1. I’d love to see them … from your town!

      Thank you for your kinds words … and yes, after a while I think you start to look for lines ‘n stuff.

      I’m glad that area [at least] was spared, most houses are from 1700’s ..

  6. So glad I have found you yet again! and your lovely photos. You have such a keen eye and all of your photos are so exquisite. I have missed seeing them.

  7. Stunning header photo here Rebby! All I can say is you have a FAB eye for photography & I do no think I have ever seen a ‘bad’ photo taken by you!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen

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