Welcome to this little peek inside and behind the scenes of my shot caught.between.arrivals.and.departures that I published the other day.
So what about the shot?
One of my Flickr contacts had asked if this was one of those shots that involved a whole lot of waiting patiently for something to happen or for interesting subjects to come along. It absolutely was not. I happened upon these two girls who were playing some sort of hide and seek or peek-a-boo in and around this sign. I said in a reply on Flickr that it was one of the easier shots to grab for me because I’m assured eye contact from kids because my wheelchair is such a magnet for them. It absolutely turned out to be another one of those advantages of the handicap! So much so that I’ve wondered before whether to start a series on kids in street photography and how they turn their little heads and generally go out of their way to get a good long look at me! Ha ha! Anyway, that’s definitely going to be at the back of my mind…
That being said, the shot did come with some challenges. The first one was to get the shot fairly quickly after arriving at the scene. This is important because as eager as they are to check me out, as quickly they’ll lose interest in me again only to go on playing their game. That means it’s crucial to get the shot with eye contact when they look. Obvious!
That being said, the shot did come with some challenges
The other challenge turned out to be technical. I had my A7Rii and the 135mm/f1.8 lens with me. The A7Rii’s got pretty decent autofocus, but its Eye AF requires that you press an additional button together with the shutter button and that’s just not something I’m easily able to do. I guess I could’ve put the camera on single spot, or flexible spot small as I think it’s called with the Sonys, to make sure my focus is on the little face between the signs and not on the sign itself or the edge of it. Unfortunately, I messed it up and the face is not in perfect focus but the writing on the signs is. It’s not super obvious or I wouldn’t have published it, but it is something to learn from for me. I guess my excuse is that I’m not yet super familiar with the Sony system, but really, it’s just a user error. After all, closing the aperture to maybe f2.8 or f4 would also have made sure to get everything in focus. As I said, there is a lesson in it!
Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…
As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, I also published an edit I wasn’t all that sure about 2 days later. As I was thinking about my next upload and looking at possible candidates, I realized that the contrast and tones weren’t quite like I wanted them in my street shots. I like contrast-y and dark and the shot just didn’t deliver, I felt. So I went back in and made the blacks richer and generally tweaked the contrast and am now much much happier with the image. Thankfully, the good folks at Flickr included the function Replace Photo without affecting faves or comments.
As part of this behind the scenes look I’ve included two more images that I think are pretty cool, but haven’t published anywhere. I hope this is interesting for you guys! 🙂