From the Hip

May 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

A new project in the making. Inspired by the “I Spy” exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., I was overcome with the urge to photograph people in venues of public transportation. So, I took my camera and explored D.C.’s metro system. The “I Spy” exhibit, by the way, is great. The photographers chosen truly honed their skills to produce amazing street portraits.

A little about the technical side of these photographs. All of them were shot with the camera slung off of one shoulder, and without looking through the viewfinder to frame and compose the image. Some call this “shooting from the hip.” I call it not drawing attention to one’s self. More or less, I wanted appear as a “casual tourist” just riding the subway (just ignore the giant lens and camera body). I placed myself as close to the subjects as possible, positioned myself appropriately to frame and focus what I wanted to capture, and casually “checked my camera” while releasing the shutter. I used a 28mm, 50mm, and 135mm for these, with the 50mm being the most used.


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