Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do they know each other?

As so often happens in shooting on the streets, a photographer will take a photograph and forget about for years. Ten years ago, my wife and I were in London, England. As usual, I was shooting a lot of documentary street shots, something a little different from my day job as a news photographer in the States. I have probably glanced at this shot without thinking on several occasions since then.
But today, as I was working on images to refresh my defunct website, I saw it differently this time.
Since retiring, I have been doing more shooting on the streets of wherever I am just to document what is happening. No real purpose other than just that. No need for info for captions, etc. Just the joy of shooting.
When I looked at this image today, I saw the couple on the right a little differently. I wondered if the woman knew the guy behind her or if it was just the way things were at the instant I hit the shutter. The other item of interest to me was the balance of the image created with the worker with his back to me on the left and the woman (who is my wife) on the right. The diagonals created by the building in the backgound also seem to add to this balance since the people on the left are slightly smaller than on the right and the building shrinks into the distance longer on the left than on the right. This is what I think caused my eyes to focus on the two people closest to the pole.
And the last question that came to mind was there any connection between the two main subjects?
I don't know.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

On break

This is another image from last year's cruise to the Bahamas. This one is of a worker on break checking out something on his tablet. Did not get his name or what he was looking at or offer to send him a copy of the photo. This is something I hope to rectify from this point.
When I was a working news photographer for a small weekly, getting the necessary information for a caption was mandatory. No info then the image was useless. I plan on carrying my business cards and offering to send a copy of the photo is the subject will just email me. I have thought about getting a small printer (David duChemin talks about a Fuji that runs on batteries that he sometimes uses) but, for me, that just adds bulk and costs. Most people I encounter have an email that I can send it a copy to so that is the best option for me.
I just have to get back in the routine of approaching people that I catch unawares and making the offer. After that it is up to them.

I think this one may make a nice addition to my "Always Connected" theme that I am working on.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

I wonder.......

While doing a review of last year's images to see what might peak my interest, I found this shot from a cruise to Nassau last year. In the last few months I have strayed from my usual 'no cropping' stance that I used quite literally when working at a newspaper to trying to see how best to present an image using cropping. I found this image cropped into a slightly panoramic cut drove the eye more to the three people in the image. I like that the two woman are both walking out of the frame but it is the positioning of the guy in the middle that really grabs my eye. I wonder what he is thinking and where exactly he is looking. Does he have his eye on the policewoman or is he looking beyond? Does he have a nefarious intent such as being a lookout for an accomplice committing a crime? Is he tapping on the column in rhythm to the music he is listening to? Or does he just think she is a pretty woman he would like to meet, in or out of uniform?
Questions that I never got an answer to.

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