For a month now, I have several topics that I would like to write about. But I have been in a “lazy” mood. Today, I would like to share with you my recent “Street Photographing” experience.
Many of you, wonderful photographers, have given me many great advices on photographing, and Street Photographing in particular. I really appreciate all the advices. Most recently, Ben at “Flights. Camera. Satisfaction” has suggested “take more time exploring the environment with your eyes, identify a good subject and then wait for the right moment”. Thank you!
Like I said in my previous post, Every Thursday during summer, we have a “Thursday on 1st and 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival”. I have learned that it’s easier to shoot street photos at events, so I decided to grab the opportunity last Thursday.
I went with my Lumix DMC FZ200 because it is easier to hide 😉 We were at Peace Plaza first. Several kids were playing with water. I took time to look around (Ben, you should be very proud of me! Ha.) and quickly identified a couple of my target subjects. Whenever I saw something I liked, I aimed and shoot to catch the moment.
The photos turned out OK (maybe even “good”?) But they were not as good as I would like them to be. At that moment, I heard Ben’s voice saying “waiting for the moment”, so I had my camera focused on a girl and waited. That’s when I took the following photo.
I like it much better (I mean… I love it!). Yeah! I learned to wait for the moment.
If I am right… Otto at “In Flow” has talked about asking for permission. I was standing behind the girl’s parents and I really wanted to tell them that I had taken a couple of pictures of their daughter. I really wanted to, but I didn’t. I was afraid of embarrassing myself. So sorry. I will continue working on that.
Next, I saw a girl singing. When people walked by, most of them would turn their head to look at her (She is pretty!) – I wanted to catch that image. But people walked too fast – in my opinion. I didn’t catch the first one; I missed the second. Finally I just pressed the button.
Next, I saw a lady at Henna booth. I quickly took a photo of her – how quickly I forgot Ben’s words 😉 The photo wasn’t too good. When I noticed that she was looking at me, I asked if I could take a photo of her (Now, Otto should be proud of me. Ha.) She said yes.
Even though she said yes, she was a little shy, I could tell. I patiently waited for her to calm down (Ben, do you hear me? “Patiently” was the key word.) and then took the following photo, which I liked.
A couple of ladies were braiding girls’ hair on the street. I “slowly” took a photo of them without thinking (oops, I didn’t ask for permission.) When I saw one lady looking at my camera, I asked her if it was ok (with body language). She said sure (with body language). I then took a couple more, but I thought they looked more relaxed on the first photo.
That was my experience on last Thursday. Time to take a break 😉