As stated on my last post, I was going to try to get closer to my subject. In this trip I took to Chicago, I decided not to take my 70-200 Lens, I was determined to use my 24 – 70; you see? Getting Closer. First thing I tried was to shoot at night, which in my opinion was not a great idea. Yes, you are not THAT visible, but the problem is that the shutter speed decreases, so in order to compensate, I had to greatly increase my ISO, which in terms gives me so grainy images. I still was willing to give it a try. Of course, I didn’t just start photographing people right on their faces, I just started getting closer and and taking a picture while they weren’t looking, like these two:
So I started to get more confortable, since there were so many people, I can always pretend that i was trying to take pictures of the street, the cars, the decorated trees, etc. For some weird reason, I decided to take a different position, I wanted to capture the effect of people walking towards me. So what did my scary cat brilliant mind decided to do? I decided to kneel down to take a picture, and this was the scary result:
As you can see, I manage to take a picture and there were 2 people in the picture staring directly at the camera, which is good. The only problem was that they were staring directly at me as well, so I seriously though that guy in the front was smack the camera away. What I did was I never made it obvious that I took a picture of him, I continued to hold the camera, looking through the viewfinder pointing it a the exact place while he passed by. Now I understand that he probably didn’t even care that I was there, but fear works in mysterious ways. So after that photo, I was done for the day, I was sweating and it was 32 degrees outside; so yeah, I freaked out.
The next day, Thanksgiving Day, I decided to try something new that someone once recommended. I decided to take photos from the Hip. Of course, taking photos from the hip is not an easy task, I took a lot of crazy shots where instead of taking a picture of a person, I took a picture of the sky, or their hair, so it took a while to get used to a confortable way of holding the camera to get the shot I was looking for. This is one of my first tries where at least I got part of the subject in the picture:
Of course, the person is missing part of his head and the picture is crooked. So expect your pictures to look similar to this the first time you try it. I still though that the person had a very interesting complex, so after they pass me, I went behind him and took another picture (Not from the hip):
I found out though that even though the concept of shooting from the hip is popular, I found it simpler shooting from my belly. (No, I don’t have a big belly) is just where I was able to position my camera better to take a photo. It was easier for me because I can centralize based on where I was looking, all I have to do is time the photo. One thing to keep in mind, is that by shooting this way, you are going to have to crop, because well, I don’t consider posible that you can make every photo exactly at the center. If you do, well, more power to you, show me your technique. Here are some photos that I was able to take while having my camera at level with my belly:
I know that I still have a long way to go, but trying all this different things are creating a small level of confidence that I didn’t have before. Sooner than later I’ll get to the position where I can get close, that I can capture peoples expressions. Right now, with the photos above, I’m able to create a story; my goal is to get close enough that the photo itself tells the story.
Soon, I’ll get this close: