Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shooting Shadows

Copyright Monica L. Shulman

There are photographs everywhere.  No matter which direction your eyes are pointed to I can guarantee that if you really look there is a picture that needs to be taken.  Honing my attention to detail and not missing the seemingly small and pedestrian stuff is one of the reasons I love photography and, in particular, why I love to shoot shadows and silhouettes.  

Taking pictures like this is a unique way of capturing an otherwise simple subject and scene and presenting the viewer with a totally different perspective.  I recommend shooting these types of images with a zoom lens (rather than a prime lens) because in my opinion you really need to be able to control your focal length without having to physically move yourself -- the street might be crowded, it might not be safe to move back and forth on a busy sidewalk or the people might simply be moving too quickly.  On more than one occasion I've been nearly knocked over, stepped on and stared at for pointing my camera at the ground and shooting what most likely appeared to be nothing, but I think the results are well worth it. 

I am really drawn to the anonymity and "every person" aspect of these photos -- especially when converted to black and white.  I like that the images are ambiguous and that there is something about them that isn't quite right.  They're not unsettling but there is a mystery behind them that makes me want to make up stories and wonder about the people coming and going so quickly out of the frame.  The next time you're out on the street taking pictures don't forget to look down and not watch where you're going. 

Do you take photos like this?  I'd love to see and please share any tips in the comments.

Copyright Monica L. Shulman

 See more here. And this was the same day.  So was this.

Plus, tips for taking photos of people in public and seeing in black and white.

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