The Littoral Series IX : On deleting – Sunrise & Sunset

One important point throughout the course was that we were asked not to delete any pictures we had taken (here again, I admit that I did not fully respect this rule). Eric even expected us not to look at our LCD so the printed picture would come as a total surprise the next day. The goal doing that was not to delete potentially good pictures on a first impression. And while we reviewed each day’s shoot, I was amazed to see the number of shots that were judged interesting even though its author thought it was a complete failure. So unless you are limited in storage capacity, a very good advice is not to delete your pictures on the fly. They might end up as gems or an essential piece of your reportage. For those of you that are located in France, the latest edition of « Réponses Photo » (September 2010) has a full article by the course instructor Eric Bouvet on reportage editing, definitely a worthwhile read.

The shot below was taken at sunrise in the fishermen’s harbour. At first, I almost deleted it since I did not like so much the expression of the girl. Nevertheless, it made the final editing, not only because of the special light but also its signification. Indeed, who in France has not gotten up very early on a nice vacations day  to buy bread (and croissants) for breakfast ? In the end, a good picture to illustrate life on the Littoral in Summer with that special early morning light. (click on pictures to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

The second picture also made the final cut, yet I almost delete it as I wasn’t too happy about the composition. Nevertheless, it proved to be a great step in my series to depict the slow decrease of light over a full day. The bars, the terraces of a  touristic town and a girl waiting for someone, … this is also life in the littoral.


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO200

4 Responses to “The Littoral Series IX : On deleting – Sunrise & Sunset”

  1. konstantin dit :

    This is very good piece of advice. I have noticed this myself. Most of the photography i do is in fact nature related rather than street photography and this rules holds there too but with the little street photography I do, this is a golden rule really because there could be so many meanings attached later on or meanings that will emerge after carefully observing the big size of the image (and yes one can zoom on the LCD screen but then one wouldn’t see the whole picture). Indeed, the meaning of the shot of the first girl is something one would probably not appreciate or see at first on the small screen. I do actually like her expression – it has some resentment in it which I find curious. In addition, you mentioned that it was taken at the fish market and there is something in her face that makes me think she doesn’t like the smell too much :-)

  2. Valery dit :

    Patience and observation are good tools in photography. Thanx for the advices. I like so much the first photo, you caught the surprised soul of that girl.



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  3. Dan dit :

    Hell Ya! nothing like a good old fresh croissant in the morning!