girl in Red#2
photo shoot, Downtown Seattle, Summer 2011
As 2011 comes to conclusion and I reflect back upon what worked for me and what didn’t and what is missing, I have made myself a promise to do more portraits and street style work in 2012. It does not mean that I will give up on landscapes, which is something I enjoy doing the most, It just means that I want to explore portraits and people/street work more.
I did some reflection on why I am not as motivated and excited with portraits and street photos as much as I am with landscapes.The weight and size of the DSLR (the heavy bag with lenses on my shoulder and the tripod which i use quite often) definitely doesn’t help the cause. It is also intimidating and intrusive on potential subjects. A smaller form factor might help here. But then again, just like most other genre, the equipment is never the main limiting factor, it’s the user themselves. I am not yet fully comfortable with the idea of getting into people’s faces and in this line of work, shedding inhibitions is a critical factor. It will be a challenge but then what is life without a bit of challenge now and then.
as for this photo, I had no trouble finding the very willing model and with the crowd looking elsewhere (local parade on road), I found a good contrasting background to work with.
technical details: the very cheap plastic 50 mm(nifty fifty)used here along with a flash