Friday, May 6, 2011

Nicer photos - Tip #3

By Grande Rue entrance to Haute ville, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Ok, I'll be honest here: this isn't about making your photos nicer, but about what you're actually taking pictures off. I must admit I get a bit bored sometimes when people want to show me their holiday snaps, because often they look like they could have been taken in any old place... It's like we're programmed to take a certain kind of photos and those are considered pretty and that's about all there is to say about them.

I do it too, but I try to also take different photos. It's all about being on the lookout for the unexpected, the unfamiliar. Not just the pretty. Although, the unfamiliar can be pretty too, of course!

In Rue de la Chateau, Haute ville, Boulogne-sur-Mer
When we were in Boulogne-sur-Mer last week, I suddenly spotted these little figures in one of the streets. They hold the shutters when they are open. Isn't that amazing?! I never in my life considered that a piece of hardware like that would need this amount of decorating. But why not?!

Of course I had to take a photo of one of them (and one which was painted white). This sort of tiny little thing is why it's so awesome to visit other countries: the tiny little differences; different ways of living and looking at life. And it makes me so happy when I can capture this in a photo.

In Rue de la Chateau, Haute ville, Boulogne-sur-Mer
In the same street I also noticed these old house numbers. Delightfully weathered stencils of Roman numerals. Lovely.

And you know what, this doesn't just apply to visiting new places - same goes for familiar places! Maybe you're walking down the high street and if you look around (look up! and down!) I guarantee you will start noticing things you would normally just have walked past. :-)
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