I was walking through Panama’s Casco Viejo when I saw this “Red Devil” bus struggling to turn a corner, while the kids inside were keen to buy candy apples from a street vendor.
These former US school buses have been painted up in bright colors and acted for a long time as Panama’s public transport system. They have now been superseded by more modern ones, with adult-sized seats, but this one was actually doing what it was designed for: taking school children on an outing.
I am a travel writer, not a photographer, so I tend to use my camera as a memory aid, taking pictures of menus in restaurants or signs showing opening hours. Looking through a camera viewfinder too much can mean missing the bigger picture, and important elements such as the smells and people around me.
I do want to keep improving my photography but I have found the only way to do that is set some time aside for just taking pictures, getting out of snapshot mode. To take good photos, your mind must be clear of other distractions, whether that is writing, looking after the family, or just enjoying yourself on holiday.
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