Most street photographers, at least the ones that have been at it for a while, will tell you that their chosen form of photography is often spontaneous: much of it is done just because someone or something caught their eye.
I found this building facade down the street from a local civic center. Some false doors had been nailed to the exterior wall, and in the middle of one of these an artist had placed a small hand drawn picture. Clearly this was meant to be viewed. So from a photographic standpoint it seemed incomplete without a viewer.
My assistant-now-fiancé graciously agreed to be that viewer. I was able to combine the love of my life with my love of the photographic arts. A win-win scenario in my book. 🙂
The Canon 7D was used here along with a 50mm prime lens. An interesting side note is that though the subject was in shade, I was forced to stand in the harsh sun to take the shot. So I’m glad I thought to bring along a lens hood as well. A lens hood is a nice low-cost way to block out that unnecessary extra light. If the sun is actually in your shot, a hood is superfluous. But in a case like this, where the sun is off-camera, a hood can give that extra bit of control.
Exposure Data: ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/60
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