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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this on a sunny spring day at Vancouver's (British Columbia, Canada) English Bay, on the seawall walk of world famous Stanley Park. While everyone was maintaining social distance while enjoying a walk, this busker was providing some unique, stress relieving entertainment.
Time
This was around 11am.
Lighting
Lighting was kind of harsh but the distance between the subject and the background water reflection made things easier to deal with.
Equipment
Nikon D850, Nikkor 500mm PF ED (handheld). 1/500th @ f/7.1, ISO 125.
Inspiration
I heard his horns well before I actually saw him and given the Covid related stresses we are all enduring, this gut was brightening up people's lives for a bit of time. I wanted to try and convey and the lightness he was bringing to passersby.
Editing
Processed using Lightroom and Color Efx Pro.
In my camera bag
As a rule of thumb I have lens cleaners (wipes, brush, cloth, puffer), filters, tripod, bird seed (for my nature photography), extra batteries, extra SD cards and kleenex.
Feedback
In this particular instance, I had to follow my ears rather than my eyes. I heard this chap well before I saw him so followed the sound. I wanted to ensure it was a candid shot, so threw on my 500mm in order to stay a good distance away and not have him notice me. My best advice is to stay alert for good photo opportunities. If you hear something interesting, follow the sound. And always remember to look behind you once you get any shot you're happy with; you never know what other great shot is lurking right behind you!

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