Swiftly he manoeuvred his bike to the right as he approached me. I was totally in the moment, in a meditative state as I always am shooting with my Leica’s. I could not be bothered less. It rained slightly that evening in Amsterdam. Tourists moved from the Central Station towards the city centre. I decided to shoot with the old M8 again, paired with the magnificent Zeiss 28 mm. Furthermore I had set the camera in Jpeg and black and white, inspired by the photo contest (see this post). Reviewing the picture later, it showed a fair amount of under exposure, due to the headlight of the bike pointing directly into the simple centre weighted metering of the Leica. It results in a noisy image, but having the awesome Kodak sensor it yields a nice grain like look-I think.
Reading a very inspiring post on Henri Cartier Bresson and his use of perspective and composition, I’ve come to realise more than I have ever done before that observation, timing and foremost patience is key to capture a picture that stands out from others you have taken. It has become a sort of worn out statement but it’s all about ‘the decisive moment’ (I recently came across a bumper sticker that states ‘I brake for decisive moments’ wich is quite funny though). Take this picture for example. Bicyclists and hikers were enjoying the weather and moving along the canal. I was intrigued by the pattern created by the trees aside the canal, the parallel lines of the canal itself and the moving people along the road so I decided to stop and take some pictures. Focusing on the other side of the canal I waited for an interesting composition to arise, which eventually did happen. The man in the front peeks at the other man on the other side of the canal. Both cycling and with their own direction in life.