Posts tagged: Laguna Beach
Lately I’ve been concentrating on shadows and their relationship to the buildings they land on. So when I visited the alley this morning I was looking for shadows. The photo above is one of my attempts. It may or may not be any good, that’s not the point. The point is taking the photo and later see what you have. It may up being used or it could be a reference photo for a later day when the shadows on this wall change or just maybe it will end up in the trash bin.
This is exactly what happened on a previous shot where I had to go back several times before I was able to get the shot I wanted. See photo below.
You probably go through a similar process so why am I telling you this?
Here’s why. As I was taking photos of the wall a group of women in a minivan pulled into the parking lot. I moved out of the way but the driver lowered her window and asked me what I was taking a photo of? I told her, the wall.
She just tsked, tsked the idea all together.
I offered to take her photo but she drove away.
I live in Laguna Beach, the art capital of Southern California. For someone to come into my town and criticize anyone trying to be creative, whether they are successful or not, is just plain rude.
To create is to fail many more times then you succeed. Failure is part of the process.
I wonder what the critic in the Minivan would think of the photo shown below?
Have you ever been taking that really great photo and a hand sticks itself into the photo? Or you never see the street pole dead center in the photo? Or a person, uninvited, steps into the photo with one of those dam Starbuck’s cups that everyone can identify? Or in your eagerness to get that perfect photo, your decisive moment of greatness, you forget to wait for the main characters in your photo story to get into proper position?
It’s not easy getting that many mistakes into one photo and having it in focus and with proper exposure.
That’s the problem with these new digital cameras they’re never out of focus and hardly ever under or over exposed.
But they still can’t control the human element – the photographer.
Looks like I can’t either.
I always enjoy going to downtown Los Angeles and doing street photography. The only problem is I live in Laguna Beach. So, you say, shoot the sidewalks of Laguna Beach. Love to but they’re narrow and with the parking meter, light poles, and trees it’s dam near impossible to do. If you do take photos on the sidewalks of Laguna you would be inches away from your subjects and they tend to get nasty about that.
Solution is to go to Main Beach, sit down at one of the benches that line the Boardwalk and photograph the people as they pass you. It helps that you’re also drinking your morning Starbucks and eating a really, over the top, brownie. Who’s going to believe you’re taking pictures of them when they see that?
I could get to like this. Wait a minute I have.
You have a nice day now.