People in the Parking Lot

As I mentioned in my previous post, the other photo subject that you can usually find in an otherwise barren parking lot is people. Because I was at a photo workshop, the other participants were easily accessible for portraits (read: they couldn’t really run away) and they were a little more tolerant of my camera aimed at them than a random passerby or visitor to the coffee shop might have been.

It started with Mr. Blue Eyes….

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I was going to call him Ol’ Blue Eyes (a nod to Frank Sinatra), but he might not appreciate the “old” reference and he might hate to sing. I don’t know. But his eyes were definitely the focal point of this photo.

In a similar way, Eleanor’s quirky glasses and the layers and texture of her scarf were what inspired me to create a portrait of her.

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If I hadn’t mentioned it, I’m guessing that you wouldn’t have thought that this photo was taken in a parking lot with dead trees and trash and possibly Sasquatch in the background.

Anyway, as this portrait of the super-friendly Dan shows, a shallow depth of field and precise focus on a person’s face can create great portraits in environments that are *ahem* less than ideal.

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So, don’t be discouraged if a photo-creating opportunity doesn’t happen in the perfect place, or with a breathtaking backdrop, or during the most perfect light of the day. Sure, that is what  photographers aim for, but if there aren’t any other options, shoot anyway! Use your brain, move your feet, and see what you can come up with.’Tis better to shoot and practice then go home with an empty CF card, I say.

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