Be Ready

Usually when you hit the streets with your camera you’re purposefully ready. Your camera is on, it’s set to or close to the settings you need and you’re on the hunt for a scene. Other times you’re just out and about and you happen to have your camera with you. This week’s image is a mix of the two. A week ago I met up with Philippe for coffee and some catch up time, then we decided to walk down to Pioneer Square to see if there was any photographic action

En route to the general area, we were chatting away but came across this scene at one of our Benson Bubblers. I was not actively looking for a shot, but definitely recognized there was one here. In all of about 2 seconds I flipped the camera on as I raised it to my face and made this shot and it was done, the moment gone. I particularly like how the dog as well the man on the left are looking in to the scene. These young men were presumably adventurers (wanderers, perhaps homeless) who were there to get their water bottles filled up for the day ahead.

Had I not known my camera well, bonded with it in such a way that photographers do that you don’t have to think much about settings, I might have missed this opportunity. I can honestly say this shot was made instinctually. They aren’t always, but when they are you know it and you know you got something good. It’s a lesson we all learn eventually. The sooner we do the better, so we can be out there blending into the street and making great shots.