The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

I prefer to take candid shots over staged, unless of course you’ve got subjects who can act in which case, “Game on.”   So the above shot is a shop in full swing trying t oget a couple of large pieces of equipment out finished by deadline.  I shot wide and deep because there was a lot of activity going on and I wanted to show it right across the frame.

My son is Autistic so anytime he sees the camera on him, you get a very posed shot.  It takes a lot to get a shot of him just being him.  I’m thankful here for Canon’s low noise suppression at higher ISO settings.

This was at some friends BBQ.  I just liked the juxtaposition of the expectant Mother watching over her toddler as he enjoyed the music.

A surfer not having much luck in the frigid aftermath of a February storm.  The water is just above freezing, the air however is closer to minus ten Celsius.  This is as much a found shot as anything.  I happened to be in the area and wanted to see how the water was breaking on the beach.  The guy surfing was pure gravy.

Exploring the Belle Isle in Richmond Virginia, we found this abandoned power station.  Once the kids inside figured we weren’t there to bust them I and my camera became furniture and were ignored.  This is one of my favorite shots that I’ve ever taken.  In fact the whole series that I took this day was one of my favorite days shooting.  The best candid shots come out of being ignored.  Shoot long and be unobtrusive.

Here we’re with friends and all of their dogs.  I was trying a new higher ISO and contrast setting to bring out some tooth in the image.  The one Dog’s curiosity about my camera just makes it a funny shot.

This shot I didn’t realize what I had until I was doing the post process on it.  The kid’s reaction really is pretty funny.  Being open to the shot is important.  Not every shot you take is a good one but there’s still good stuff lurking in the bulk file.

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