2011 Advent Calendar

Day 13: Cariwest

13 : Cariwest

August 7, 2011

I have no idea what's going on here, but I love the expressions.

This past year, I tried to do a lot more street photography. Just taking pictures of people on the street. It can be tough to get decent shots without walking right up to someone and sticking the camera in their face.

I figured out 2 different ways to take the street shots. Both were 'shooting from the hip' — meaning I would never actually bring the camera up to see what was in the frame when taking the shot.

First with the iPhone. It's easy to do and people don't notice. Second, with the DSLR using the 50mm lens. I'd set the camera on aperture priority and anywhere from F1.8 to F4. I could then aim the camera in the general direction I wanted and fire off a couple shots. It took a while to get used to the distance needed and how to aim, but I started to get it towards the end of the summer.

This shot came just as we were leaving Cariwest. I saw the 2 women talking to each other. The woman on the left was fairly animated, while the on the right just stood there. I took one shot and hoped for the best.

I ended up with a little more in the frame than I wanted, so I cropped it square just to include the main characters.

Cariwest orginal
The original image. The people sitting on the bench needed to be cropped out to focus on the main subjects.

Some of the other shots:

Cariwest other

Cariwest other

Cariwest other