Today I was rummaging through some older images for maybe using on my revised website when I ran across an image from over 10 years ago that really has stuck with me. I was covering the first day of school at an elementary school. Of course, for many of the youngsters, it was really their FIRST day of school ever. I saw kids hanging on to moms and dads as well as those that were excited to be in school. As always, I was on deadline and that means looking quickly, finding the shot, capturing it, and moving on to the next one. As a result, I did not get the chance to really "see" an image. Such is the case here. As I roamed through the school, kids and parents coming in, parents leaving, kids in a new environment, I started looking for the right combination of people. This image caught my eye due to the posture of the little girl (obviously in distress at being left alone in a new place) and her teacher looking to calm her anxiety. I snapped the picture, took another quick look around the classroom, and moved on.
A few hours later I am back at the office downloading images from the morning shoot. When I brought up this image I suddenly noticed a key part of this image that I had missed while shooting - a tear on the little girl's face! A little correction for exposure and color due to the sunlight and fluorescent light mix and I had a front page photo for that week's edition.
But fast forward to today and my change in gear. That shot was taken with an Nikon F100 and 80-200mm f2.8 zoom. Now that my equipment is comprised of a 35mm and 50mm lenses, how do I get this shot without interfering in the action? That is something I am mulling over as I continue my conversion to a different shooting style. To get something intimate like this requires some thought on my part as to how I accomplish still being the "fly on the wall" that I have done in the past. I would love to hear others' thoughts on this and, if you have already done it, can you think of anything specific that worked for you?
Well, I hope you enjoy the image. It is what I consider one of my better journalistic shots in my short career as a newspaper photojournalist.
And, as always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting.....