6 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: An Odd Discussion

    • Thanks Kieran! I don’t find that i usually get much reaction at all. People might look over when they hear the click of the shutter but a smile and a quick “thanks” usually satisfies them.

      If people look particularly interested i might offer a brief explanation, such as “the colour of your scarf sets off the whole scene”, “you’re just looking really sharp today” or even “the light was hitting you just right, it looked like a movie scene” but i dont usually get in to big discussions.

      Showing people is difficult (being film and all!) but I do carry business cards in case anyone would like a copy. Never been asked for one yet though.

      As for people blowing up, the only one i had was one guy come over and ask “did you just take a photograph of me” rather grumpily. I told him yes, that I think he may have been in the corner of one of them and asked if it was a problem. He muttered something about how i should work for MI5 and wandered off. That’s the only occasion of note that’s ever happened.

      I think a lot of it is attitude though, I have a few theories about what makes the difference that I should probably turn in to a full length post!

        • For street photography I don’t use flash. The pace and lack of things to bounce light off would pretty much limit it to being direct flash and unless you are very careful that just kills any atmosphere in the scene.

          It can have its place, particularly when shooting more on the photo-journalism side where the subject is interesting enough to carry it (The coca-cola protests in Madrid as a recent example; I would have loved to have had my flash with me that evening) but most of the time I prefer to find somewhere with its own interesting light and work with whats available.

          Why do you ask?

          • It may seem strange but I don’t think it would. It would make a difference to being noticed *after* the shot, certainly, but by the time the flash has fired thats too late. The shot is in the can already.

            This is certainly the case when I cover parties or events, I’ll often use flash for those but have no problem catching candid shots. What makes a bigger difference is reducing the time you spend with the camera in front of your eye. Line up the shot first; then raise the camera and take the shot, almost as one smooth motion.

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