Ryan explains what can happen when you come into contact with the public.
It doesn’t happen very often, but somtimes people do freak out when I take their photo. The guy holding the balloons in this post last month stormed over and demanded to know why I was taking his photo. I didn’t want to state the obvious fact that he was a good subject with a few dozen balloons hanging off his arm. For some reason he was worried that his face would be photographed. He has an English accent, anyone from the UK recognise him?
I hate confrontation. Taking photos of people requires that you interact with them. They’re probably strangers so the first impression they get of you is very important. Some can pull it off, some thrive on it. It tires me so I prefer to be a coward and use my zoom lens.
Here’s a hint for any shy street photographers: Wrap the camera strap around your arm, and twirl it around to get rid of the the remaining slack. You can now hold your camera securely in your hand. If you do it right, it’s possible to face the camera forward with your finger or thumb on the shutter button. This photo and many others posted here were taken this way. Sneaky? Possibly. Morally objectionable? Not at all. I rely on my own judgement as to what I publish online or photograph so I consider that the method doesn’t matter.
I didn’t go into town last night – I was tired and when I heard that traffic was bad, well, Futurama and Scrubs were on and I vegged for the first time in ages.