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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken in Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario. I was visiting and happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture this man looking out from the upper deck of the parking structure.

Time

Taken near midday, when the market is busiest, it's difficult to find just one shot to take. A good practice I've found is to not only consider what is around me but to remember to look up and down for shots, as well. Sometimes, a puddle remaining after a rain the night before can provide an interesting mirror; other times, a shot like this is just overhead.

Lighting

Direct, midday sunlight can be incredibly harsh, so developing the image to wash out the blacks helped to soften the intensity of the shadows.

Equipment

This shot was taken on a Ricoh GRIIIx. The fixed 40mm lens forced a wider shot than I'd have originally considered, and I'm glad for it.

Inspiration

I was shooting street photography, which is necessarily quick-fired, rapid shots. Typically, marketplaces are busy, interesting locations, dense with candid moments, and the crowd provides a distraction from my lens, allowing me to "hide in plain sight," so to speak. It's hard not to find inspiration at these times.

Editing

Softening of the contrast, combined with a warm color palette.

In my camera bag

Typically, I'll shoot with a larger DSLR, but the smaller mirrorless cameras tend to attract less attention, which helps prevent the dreaded "camera face."

Feedback

Keep your eyes open, and remember to look in all directions, not just side-to-side.

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