Popeye’s was having a buy a three piece dinner and get a two piece dinner free. You know me—cheap, cheap, cheap and fried chicken sounded good.
When I got out of the car, I took my camera as I always do. There was a young lady leaning up against the building talking on her cell phone. I didn’t want to intrude but as I stepped up on the sidewalk I heard her ask, “Do you want to take my picture?” I answered, “Absolutely.” I explained my 100 Stranger project and ask her to move just slightly to eliminate a background sign. It turns out that she is the Assistant Manager with the unusual name of Shawneequa (Shawn ee ka) Jefferson.
I am going to have to learn to take more time in these situations. Thinking back now, the sign might have added an interesting environmental touch to the photograph. And as I frequently do, I forgot to really check the histogram, aperture and shutter speed. I was using the 85mm and the shutter speed was on 1/30 sec so that of the three photographs I took, only this one was fairly sharp. Bad, bad, bad. In almost every case there is always something that I wish I had done differently after the fact. That could be solved if I would just slow down, chit chat (which I don’t do very well) and reconnoiter the situation before I start shooting.
I can’t believe that I am actually adding to my 100 Strangers Project after several months of inactivity. I think shooting with the Houston Photographers and Models Meetup is making it easier to do. I just so seldom have an opportunity to really take people pictures outside of Janet. Anyway, it feels good to be working on the project, but mostly it feels good to once again have people in front of my camera.
I have been putting together a portfolio of the people pictures that I have taken in the last few months and I have noticed an interesting trend. I have often said that when I take your photograph I want to be sitting on your lap, meaning that I really enjoy getting in and working close to the person that I am photographing. Well it seems that I am doing that pretty much with the photographs of the men but I back off on the women. I have got to figure out why that is. I think it may be because I am less scared of men than I am of women, or I give the women a little more respect by not invading personal boundaries. This was something that I really was not aware of until I started grouping the photographs together. With Shawneequa I broke the trend and plan on continuing. I do like close close-ups.
I’ve got the Photos with Horses photoshoot coming up this next weekend and then the zombie photoshoot the following weekend. I am looking forward to both. I am taking Janet to the Horse shoot since it is in Huffman and there is no way I could stick to my two to three hour time frame. I had planned on taking her to the zombie shoot when it was planned on Chimney Rock at West Belfort because I would have good sidewalks. However, it has been changed to Lamar at Roberts and there are no sidewalks. That is disappointing but the backgrounds will be much better. It’s in the East Side so they plan on packing up promptly at 6:30pm because they are concerned about the people in the area.