I never saw them afterward and I had never seen them before. It was only one quick moment on my usual way home.
As I was walking down the street I heard a strange noise disturbing the usual “soundtrack” of a busy street. That was the sound of music approaching. Suddenly these guys on a motorbike appeared out of nowhere playing something upbeat and funky. I had my camera with me but wasn’t ready for them as they jumped out of traffic and rushed away, and I thought I missed it. But then they turned around and for the second time, I was waiting.
The real photo challenge here was to focus, as I had a manual 50mm lens on my digital Nikon. Though the band is not exactly in focus, considering the circumstances I think it is still fine.
I’m not very skilled and keen on animal photography, and insects especially, but I just couldn’t resist the temptation when this dragonfly sat on a plant just 1 metre away from me! And as I was trying to take a shot extremely carefully and focusing manually, the beauty was just sitting there posing.
Does anyone happen to know what kind of dragonflies it is? Just curious what happened to be in my focus.
It’s not very often these days when I get a chance to take pictures in the street. Today was special. My family and I went to the seafront and walked along the shore. At some place we saw a street musician playing saxophone. I wanted to take a photo of him but suddenly some boys passing by started dancing to the music. Amazing!
I shot “from the hip”, so I couldn’t actually see the photo I was gonna take until I saw it on the camera’s display, and I wouldn’t get a second chance as the situation changed really fast. All the dancing was spontaneous and took only a minute.
This photo is special to me, though it’s far from perfect. Almost two years ago, when I only started taking pictures, I was very impressed by the works of some true street photographers, like Matt Stuart or David Gibson to name a few. All those cunning, funny or miraculously lucky moments captured by the photographers inspired me to take my camera and go outside.
One thing I got from the photos and their authors’ comments was that you should take a picture of everything you think might be interesting. Another thing was that it’s ok to take “ordinary pictures” and not care about composition or the angle sometimes. If it’s a great moment to shoot, shoot. A moment of hesitance and it’s gone.
All the lucky chances came at once when I took this picture. First, I just waited for anyone to pass by the house and she appeared: playful and curious. Second, she didn’t just rush through the scene but made that jump onto the pavement and looked into my direction!
Oh, once I pushed the button I knew it gonna be a great shot. And to hell with some blurriness.