Wedding & Portraiture
Fun And Freedom With 35mm
So, what does a professional
photographer do with his afternoon off? Take pictures. I'd never
have believed it, myself, but going to our local art show in downtown
Sarasota with a 35mm camera in hand allowed me to see more, possibly,
than many of the other spectators. Undoubtedly, I was looking and seeing
more acutely than had I gone there to just shop for more items to put
in my already overcrowded house.
A large crowd attracted my
attention as soon as I began walking down Main Street. There were local
ballet dancers performing to the admiration of their parents, families,
and friends. What interested me in particular were the young aspiring
ballerinas sitting on the ground, looking up to their "big sisters."
Fortunately, I was able to crawl into a vantage point where I could see
the little girls as well as the performing artists. I hadn't meant
to editorialize, but it just seemed natural to wait for the right moment
and get a picture there.
Did all my photographic techniques
cross my mind as I was making these exposures? I can tell you definitely,
no. But they must have come into play instinctively. As I looked at the
pictures after returning home, I could see the subject matter that caught
my attention and the composition of all my pictures were definitely influenced
by my portrait background. Lighting, in particular, was one of the most
important factors in establishing my camera's point of view. That
is, I was always trying to get onto the shadowed side of my subjects,
to create a more three-dimensional photograph.
I don't know. There's
just something special about having the freedom of a 35mm camera with
a zoom lens. I kept shooting. I wanted to see it all and come back with
a fun collection of snapshots that would remind me of how great it is
to live in this wonderful world and, especially, in Sarasota, Florida.
A van to which all kinds of
children's art was attached attracted a lot of attention. I photographed
the van, itself, but the picture with the children in it made much more
of a personal statement. I guess since I'm such a people person,
I always try to get people into as many of my snapshots as I can.
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