Sharpening my eye with street photography

September 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Practicing my craft is crucial. No matter if I am behind still or movie camera. Picture I see in the viewfinder is the frame of life I capture. Technology is secondary. It's just happens to be digital these days, just as few years back it was film or 1/2in magnetic tape. Does not matter to me. Full frame or cropped frame camera? Does not matter to me. As long as it helps me "see" the world as I want. Looking at the world thru the glass (of the lens) can inspire the mind. Picture seen once, can reappear again in totally different context, different idea, different story all together. But art & form of composition, layout and frame of the image can be universal. Walking the streets with camera close to my eye is the best exercise for the craft...

 

August 2015.

 

Long Island Ferry is  docking at the South tip of Manhattan. My family and I exiting thru nice terminal building. My wife and boys are few steps in front of me, as I am looking for "perfect angle" for another shot. The ferry ride was a delight. Summer sunset over the Hudson, Statue of Liberty and perfect view of Lower Manhattan. I am contemplating about all "perfect moments" I captured on the boat. I am exiting terminal building. People in front on the Plato. Kids riding bikes and scooter. Tourists looking at their maps. I see a man standing. Still. I am circling around him to get a better angle. His arms are crossed. I am behind his back. Now, he is "framed" against the front facade of the terminal building. I am looking thru rangefinder of my Fuji X. I see name of the building behind him: "Island ferry". I press the shutter half way, to focus on the background. I notice he is looking aside. I press the shutter. He walks away. I got it!...

 

Fast forward to...

 

August 2016.

 

Boardroom of Toronto's Branding Agency. I am at the (introduction) meeting with the head of the agency, creative director and head producer. I was called for a last minute photography job. All I could do prior to the meeting (due to shortage of time) was to to send few "Thank you for the opportunity" lines in email and some links of my work online. We are talking about the shoot coming up in two days. Discussing idea, concept, usage and target for the campaign, the photos will be part of. All is going well, even I am meeting this team for the first time. Nice Folks. Colleague's referral can do miracles for you. They all know I can do the job (thanks Greg!). I am excited about the shoot after hearing details. I always wanted to do "recreation" of real life situations, capturing professional people working. This time it's all about  nurses in scrubs. Intensive care. Healthcare issue. I am loving every part of the concept. They know I shoot with Fuji X. No issues there. Now, I'm even more excited. Even I "battle tested" the gear on numerous stock and travel shoots so far, this will be my first "for hire" commercial assignment with new X-pro2(s). Now, head of the agency goes in to details about how he sees story developing. He is browsing over his emails looking for (inspiring?) samples. He opens up the folder. I see projected picture of his "desk top" on the boardroom wall. It's the folder with thumbnails. He clicks on the file. "I see the story going from here..." He says while photo appears on the wall. It's my photo of the man shot from the back with his arms crossed in front of the Manhattan Ferry Terminal (that he saved, off my personal work web site). "I love this...", he said...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captured with two Fujifilm X-Pro2 cameras and few (very fast!) Fujifilm Prime lenses...

 


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