Those magical moments caught when I am out and about are so fleeting, being ready is a skill which I am slowly cultivating. I recently discovered my feelings about what I consider to be important in the genre of Street Photography. While all the elements of exposure and composition are significant and required, there will be moments when "getting the shot" is the most important thing.
I was reading one of Scott Kelby's books on Photography and he recommended Program Priority mode as an option to consider when out and about. This camera setting means that my D90 will set the Aperture and Shutter Speed for the scene and situation, all I would need to do is compose and shoot. With this particular setting of Program Mode, I can still adjust my preferred Aperture and Shutter Speed combination and my camera will regulate for the scene allowing me to observe and "be" with my surroundings, waiting for that "magic decisive moment" to arise and hopefully get a great shot.
I mention all of this because I was able to spot a great moment and with my camera setting of Program Priority with a Focal Lenth of 50mm, Aperture pre-set at f/6.3 and Shutter Speed of 1/160th sec with an ISO of 200.
Here is the shot...
When you look at this image, would do you see?
What do you get from it?
Technology has brought the world so much closer together and yet pushed us further apart. Three individuals, with their backs towards each other, engaged in three different conversations totally oblivious to one another other. If the world ended in that moment, so what?
When I saw this moment, I was touched by the situation and how communication for me has become such a challenge. I can't take phone calls anymore because of my sudden hearing loss in both ears and having Tinnitus for company 24/7. My self-expression has been impacted by this experience, however, it hasn't stopped me from looking for and creating new pathways in which I communicate, share and honestly express myself. My work as a professional Magician and now Photography has opened up a new a possibility for me. The possibility that life occurs in communication, love shared and expressed is only possible with honest self-expression and having the capacity to receive it.
I am truly touched, moved and inspired by this moment - it has created for me profound levels of gratitude for the "now", the present moment awareness of life and what a gift it is to open myself up to another and be the space and opportunity for another to be open to me.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015