Waiting in the Apple Store for the rain to let up I was able to capture this girl bending over the products with the interesting geometry of the Köbogen architecture in the out-of-focus background. I think the composition works nicely juxtaposing the soft, natural shape of the girl’s body and hair with the harder geometry in the backdrop and the table in front.
Here’s another shot that’s sat on my hard drive for pretty much exactly a year. A Flickr friend was wondering what the people in this shot were doing today. That’s exactly what I love about (street) photography. We capture a split second, make a connection that’s not really there necessarily and generally freeze an emotion in a moment that’s gone the next second. So yeah…the thought of what ever happened after this moment is very special to me and part of the appeal of the whole idea of photography. Besides, this scene just cracked me up! 😉
Obviously, what drew me to this shot was the contrast. It was taken indoors in a shopping mall but the light and background made it possible to get the shot pretty much like you see here without the need of a lot of processing tricks. The way to talk on the phone like that in public has become evermore popular, at least I’ve been seeing it more and more recently. This guy was pretty interesting as well with his scar on the cheek, bracelet and baseball cap.
The story around this shot is actually somewhat unusual. I had scouted this location with the stripes on the ground like I always do and was thinking about possible angles and POVs always considering how people usually walk there. when I saw this lady and her high heels out of the corner of my eye. I’m not normally one to quickly respond to a situation and possible opportunity on the street. This was the exception. I put myself into position as fast as I could and just barely got her legs and heels into the frame without a real opportunity to frame a meaningful composition or even think about the placement of anything. I thought the shot wasn’t probably working out so I spent at least another 45 minutes in this location shooting dozens more pictures with various legs and shoes in different strides. It wasn’t until I was looking through my images back home on the computer that I realized I could have ended that shoot right after that first photo because it was clearly the winner out of all the shots I took there. But hey…what are you gonna do? It’s like they say, hindsight has 20/20!
The first image I’m publishing that I’ve taken with my new Fujinon XF 56/f1.2! I’ve already taken it to the streets for some candid shots…they are coming up after this…