2011 Advent Calendar

Day 23: Churchill Square

23 : Churchill Square

August 26, 2011

The final result in this image is not quite what I had planned.

We were down at Churchill Square on a beautiful summer day checking out the EPL Book Sale. With the heat, the boys obviously took to the water. We didn't have a change of clothes for them or any water gear, but figured why not.

We started at the south end of the pool and then decided to make our way around to the north side. I was taking shots of the boys as well as some street shots as we moved around.

As we got closer to the north end, I saw this young lady sitting on the edge of the pool talking on her phone. I decided to see what kind of images I could get shooting through the water from the fountains.

I tried a few different ways. Zoom in. Zoom out. Abstract through the water. Because we were moving, I never really got a chance to see what I was getting.

Then, as we got to the north end of the pool, I tried a few shots from the side with Matty in the background.

From there, I moved behind and switched to the widest lens I had and because of the sun and water shining directly towards me, set up for what I knew would be some silhouette shots. I was also pretty sure they would be black and white.

What happened next reminds me a lot of something I heard from Sam Abell. Abell is a great photographer and in his books, all his photos have great stories attached to them. The video below is a great story about one of his photos. As he tells the story, he also shares some advice his father gave him about photography:

"Compose your picture, and wait. Compose and wait."

Just like the live bison in the Sam Abell story, at some point, a young girl walked into my picture. At the same time, the young lady on the phone gestures with her hand while talking on the phone. I didn't see any of it through the viewfinder as I was holding the camera as low as I could for a better angle.

Shortly after that, a few other people enter the frame. The shot isn't the same with more people. I tried one more angle after that, but this shot was the one that stuck.

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

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