Decided to go down to Mill Ave. this morning and snap some pictures. Photography is tough. Getting the right shot in the perfect moment. Even setting up shots is tough because there’s still pressure to not waste people’s time who have graciously given a moment to pose for you. Needless to say, I learned a few things going out today.
1. I need to figure out how to use manual mode quicker and more efficiently.
2. More people than you’d think are willing to let you take their picture, you just need to ask. I missed a few great portraits because I was too scared to ask. The folks that I did ask(3) said yes and still only 1 really came out.
3. Photography doesn’t pay off unless you take a risk. You don’t get the shots you want and it makes for a lousy time. When you do take risks, you walk away really happy with yourself, even if you don’t get the shot.
The two shots above represent something very important to me as an amateur just getting started photographer. Both of these shots I decided to take a risk. I saw something happening and I went for it. The couple above I saw walking down the street and I really wanted their photo, they were interesting to say the least. I ended up bailing on it and then I ran across them again sitting on this bench and I just couldn’t pass it up. I stood there for a moment taking pictures towards the other direction and finally I turned around and asked “Could I take your picture?” The lady said rather loudly “huh” and the man leaned over in a gentle way and said “he’d like to take our picture.” They posed, I took a couple of snaps(praying the settings were right), said thank you and walk away.
The second picture looks more like a quick photo snapped and it sort of was. I had been standing on the corner letting the picture come to me and I was just about to leave. I wasn’t really putting myself out there and I was trying to be “candid” with the shots. When I got up, I decided I’d just get in some faces real quick, take the chance and lucky me, I saw this guy skating towards me. I read somewhere that in street photography, you should be careful who you shoot, to be wise and not take a picture of people who look like they don’t want their picture taken. This guy was right now the edge of that for me but I decided to take the picture and I’m happy I did.
I wouldn’t say these are the best shots in the world, but it marks a moment for me. I’m learning how to get out there and shoot, getting over the fear of it all and it’s a really great feeling. I’ve been doing music for the last 10 years so it’s been really great to take something up that I’m not that good at and challenges my boundaries.