Top Pic of the Week: Mustafa Bastaki
Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Mustafa Bastaki. Read on to learn more about the production of these photos!
How long have you been a photographer & how did you begin your journey?
I started my journey into photography back in 2011. It started with just an iPhone 3GS. I saw a rainbow in the sky and photographed it. After that, I started to go out and shoot sunsets almost everyday. I got my first DSLR the next year, and then indulged in the world of mirrorless two years later, specifically with Fujifilm (Been their Official Brand Ambassador and X-Photographer for a year now).
How would you describe your photographic style?
I am mainly a street and landscape photographer. I get attracted to anything with shadows and good light, specially in street photography.[caption id="attachment_40664" align="alignnone" width="6000"] I Can See You There | Manama, Bahrain | Fujifilm X-T2 | 16mm F1.4[/caption]
I always like shooting street cats, but this cat was too curious and looked at the camera in a very strange way. I had to photograph it before it ran away.[caption id="attachment_40661" align="alignnone" width="5592"] "A Sense of Scale" | Stokksnes, Iceland| Fujifilm X-T2 | 90mm F2[/caption]
I was on a photography trip with 3 friends to Iceland for the first time. Iceland is a country with vast landscapes, but this was by far my favorite spot. Adding a human element gives the viewer a sense of scale to this amazingly vast landscape, and it was taken at 90mm. You can imagine how it'll like at 10 or 15mm (which are your typical landscape focal lengths)
What tips do you have for shooting landscapes, cityscapes, and street photography?
For street photography: Have patience. Wait for the right subject to pass through your frame. Look for good light, and leading lines.
For landscapes and cityscapes: Shoot during the Golden and Blue Hour for the best light. Also try to avoid pointing your lens directly towards street lights for less lens flare that usually distract the image.
How do you gain inspiration for the photos you take?
I get my inspiration from the photography greats, such as: Vivian Maier, Steve McCurry, Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, etc...I used to think: If all those photographers were getting great images only with a film camera, I can try and get better images with a digital camera. But that wasn't the case. You need a good vision. A good sense of what's going on around you. Know how to tell a story. As Dorothea Lange once said: "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera."
[caption id="attachment_40662" align="alignnone" width="5500"] Shadows of Avenue 19 | Reykjavik, Iceland| Fujifilm X-T2 | 35mm F1.4[/caption]
Shooting street photography in Iceland was a bit challenging, because you can mostly see landscape photos of Icelandic mountains and waterfalls on the web. So, my friend and I decided to challenge ourselves and get some street photos and it turned out to be quite entertaining[caption id="attachment_40663" align="alignnone" width="5910"] Reflections of Chinatown | Chinatown - London, England | Fujifilm X-T2 | 10-24mm F4[/caption]
Chinatown was one of my favorite spots in London for street photography. Amazing lights, interesting subjects, and cool looking store and restaurants to act as background and backdrops. But it was during a rainy night that we loved it the most, because the rain caused a small puddle on the streets and did us a huge favor in order to get some cool looking scenes with the people passing by along with their reflections cast on the puddle.
Thank you, Mustafa , for allowing us to share these photos! Check out more of his work on Instagram at @myahya09 and his film account @mustafashootsfilm.
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