There is so many great opportunities to practise my street photography here in Madrid, something I don’t do a lot of. Photographing people I don’t know, I am not yet comfortable with approaching people I don’t know. I might grab a shot from across the street that I find interesting, as I did here. Then there is the language barrier, well at least that is the excuse I am using. I have occasionally asked to take someone’s picture, and almost every time I have had a positive outcome. Still I find once I have asked someone it I can take their photo I get a posed photo, not the one that originally attracted me to take the scene.
So I am still finding my way, doing street photography, taking photos of people who are unaware of me seems to be the best fit right now. Maybe I need to find a way of approaching people after I have taken their photograph, to ask permission to share the image of them on my blog. This would give me the candid image I envisioned yet allow people the opportunity to decide if they want to share the image.
Tell me, how would you feel, if you were approached by a total stranger, who showed you a picture of yourself. then asked to share it on the blog. Keeping in mind the photo was a beautiful as this lady sketching in Madrid. I still think it would be hard, even if we both spoke English to get people to understand I wanted nothing more than to share the photo with the world on my blog.
Help me through this process, let me hear your thoughts on the subject.
We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand. Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.
Lady of Peace Mission_Heritage Park_Calgary Alberta
Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta, Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. We try to visit once a year, check out the new exhibits, wander the streets of the town, and maybe have lunch at the Wainwright Hotel or the Dairy Barn. Each year I talk about packing a picnic and sitting on the lawn near the Glenmore Reservoir but that hasn’t happened yet! One of the great places to visit is the bakery for a cookie or better yet a butter tart!
This year we wandered around and I spent time talking to the many people who were working at the exhibits, learning a little about their “role” in history. This gentleman was at the Lady of Peace Mission close to the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Fort. He was busy making Metis Sashes to be sold I.G. Baker & Co. Store. He was sitting it the little mission, just inside the door. The light was perfect for a portrait of him at work.
Yesterday the sun was shining, it looks like the nice weather has finally come to Calgary, and I hope it lasts through the summer! The hard part is spending time in the basement studio, processing images, and getting my work done when I really want to be outside.
Working with Jillian does make it easier to be in the basement, she is beautiful and therefore her images are also beautiful!
Today is going to be another wonderful day, but I am determined to get her photo package done, so today is a promise of things to come.
Getting eyelash extension is the fashion rage right now. It seems every girl I see these days is following the trend and sporting beautiful long, thick eyelashes. Individual eyelash extension are glued to your individual eyelashes and the process can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. and they last 2 to 3 weeks before you need a touch up. A touch up is when the technician fills in the areas of missing eyelashes.
I loved working on this Environmental Portrait, trying to create an image that shows the work that is being done. The technician was working in a dark room, with a bright light shinning on her hands and the work area, as you can see she is wearing a small magnifying glass type glasses to see what where she is to place the next lash. It was really interesting to see the process.
Environment Portraits are interesting way to learn about different job that people do.
A little over a month ago I was sitting in the square in the old city of Dubrovnik, having breakfast, listening to The Dubrovnik Jazz Trio and watching this little girl feed the pigeons. Today I am home in Calgary, with an expected high of 0 celsius, not a pigeon in site, I am going to have to find something different to do for breakfast.
while the sun is shining in Calgary, there is still snow on the ground, it’s -4 C with a 30% chance of flurries later this evening!!!! yes it is mid april and grass should be green! But at least working on Karen and Jon’s photos can make me appreciated the snow!