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Taking a snapshot, making photographs...


Here’s a shot I took with my iPhone held down by my side as I was walking near Parque Central in Antigua, Guatemala:



Not so great, right? But, with a little help from the Snapseed app on my iPad Pro,

Simply by rotating, cropping, and fine tuning, I was able to make these four stand alone photographs:






For me, the fun part of street photography is catching people doing what they normally do. People being people. Not for me the posed, the set up, the studio shot. Nothing inherently wrong with that way of working, it’s just that I prefer shooting candidly, spontaneously, intuitively, as unobtrusively as possible.


The second great pleasure I derive from street shooting is combing through all those random snapshots, looking for and creating finished photographs like these.


Oh, wait! I almost forgot. There was also this nifty little found still life in the image (I added Snapseed’s Vintage filter, something I rarely do.



I also like taking the shot I should know better, technically, than to take. But that’s a story for another day.


I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes, and I hope you will think twice before deleting your “failed” shots.


Hasta Luego

  • John Farnsworth


In August, 2010, I started a daily photo blog, whenapaintersnaps.wordpress.com. That ran until October 2013. It featured photographs taken with a variety of digital cameras of the time.


In March, 2015, I began posting iPhone photos on my daily painting auction blog, afarnsworthaday.com, which ran from July 2010 through May 2018. (returning soon)


Then, in April, 2016, I found my way on to Instagram, @johnfarnsworthphotographer, and I'm still there, with no end in sight. I find Instagram inspiring, encouraging, and a great place to make new friends in the photographic community.


So why this new When a Painter Snaps blog?

  • Because I want to share more of my thoughts, mainly about photography, sometimes, maybe other things as well, especially travel.

  • Because I want to play around more often with extreme image shapes.

  • Because, having been interviewed recently (See DianeWehr.com) I want to occasionally interview others.

  • Because I want to discuss, in depth, photographs and/or photographers that inspire me.

  • Because I want to share some of my own methods and ways of working.

  • Because I want to begin Vlog posting on occasion.


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