Expect the Unexpected
it comes to taking successful shots in photography there is often a lot of
planning involved. Take landscape photography, you'll want to know something
about where you're going, what equipment you intend to take with you and
when you're set up, what settings you intend to use. Considering these key
areas is often the key to a good shot. What happens therefore when you don't
have time to prepare, where you simply have to react, when a situation
presents itself that could not be planned for? This blog post is about such
will occasionally present you with these situations that you never expected
to encounter. Such fleeting moments are when I think photography works best
as you have to think on your feet, fast. I found myself in such a situation
on a recent trip to Paris. After wandering around the Louvre for a few hours
it was nice to relax outside in the sunshine. There was a perfect place for
this next to a cafe and pond in the Jardin des Tuileries. It was a perfect
summer afternoon to sit back for a while and enjoy a coffee and ice cream.
long afterwards an unexpected moment presented itself. A man sat down and
began crumbling a few pieces of bread. Within seconds dozens of birds were
about his fingers, flying about and landing on them and eating the pieces.
I'd never seen anything like it and I knew instantly I just had to capture
it. I quickly grabbed my camera, put it on a fast exposure and started
shooting. It was an amazing moment really witnessing and catching the
vitality of life. Nothing could have prepared me for this. I didn't know the
man, he didn't know me and it was purely by chance that it happened. It just
goes to show that taking a camera around with you can help you prepare for
Another thing I noticed when reviewing the pictures was that the man had
scars on his wrist. This added another dynamic to the images as they not
only captured a moment, they told a story. Why did the man have these scars?
We will never know the answer but in that brief moment he felt happiness feeding the
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Expect the Unexpected (21 Jul 2012)
A Photography Guide to Paris (17 Jul 2012)
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