I love photography. If you know anything about me, you don’t have to be a genius to figure that out. I’m always snapping pictures everywhere I go. If I don’t have my DSLR with me, I use my trusty smart phone…and then (of course) proceed to load all my pictures on Instagram.
I’m addicted to photos; I love looking at them, taking them, playing around with editing them. My husband knows this as well…and as most of you know, bought me a spiffy new camera for Christmas.
I’ve been dying to take my 5D Mark ii on a test run for days, and decided today would be the perfect day. I’ve also have been thinking about ways to challenge myself when it comes to photography, and that’s where I came up with a ‘shoot-from-the-hip’ idea.
I love candids. I love challenges. I hate barging into people’s life with my love of taking pictures. I hate sitting in one spot trying to ‘get the picture,’ especially when it involves other people of whom I don’t want to know that I’m taking their picture.
My idea was to take out my camera, leave it on the whole time I was out in my scouted area, and take photos without looking into the viewfinder at all (or look at the pictures after I took them). I would either wear my camera around my neck, or hold it at my side.
The idea is to be inconspicuous and not to draw attention (haha on that one…especially today. I was the only blond headed girl to be seen in a 10 mile radius). I want complete candid photos that capture every day life.
I have also challenged myself to do as little editing as possible to these photos. If the composition isn’t perfect…it’s ok. Absolutely no cropping was done. The only editing I allowed myself to do was to fix any underexposed shots.
This challenge is for this is to be a learning process for me. Yes, I had blurry photos I had to throw out, people’s heads cut off, and random photos of nothing. But I also had a few treasures in there as well.
Today proved to be the perfect day with the sun shining and the absence of Geoje’s chilling wind. My subject was the local farmer’s market. As you will see in the following photos, there are quite a few pictures of people. I am fascinated by people. I’m fascinated that these hard-working elders are out each day: rain or shine, bitter cold or blazing hot.
I had so much fun with this shoot, I have decided to make a blog series using this ‘shooting-from-the-hip’ idea. I hope you enjoy.