Category Archives: 2 – Capturing the Moment

Capturing the Moment

I took number of shots from different angles of these two street musicians in New York before I got this one where the guitarist is looking up at the woman playing the double base. To me this picture shows a real connection between the two performers that is missing from the other shots shown in the contact sheet. Maybe a shot with the two performers looking directly at the camera would also be good. However, I not sure even that would beat the base players expression of pure concentration and the way the guitarist is gazing at her, perhaps waiting for her to complete a solo. I was so focused on getting a good shot of these two I really cannot remember what they were playing

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I have included a contact sheet below showing more of the pictures I took of these two musicians and the more I look at these I think the one I selected above (second from last of the contact sheet) best captures the performance and relationship between the two.

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I did spend time wandering the streets in New York trying to capture shots of people at critical moments of activities they were engaged in. I like the one below in the sculpture garden of MOMA, when I took it I thought this was two people in a selfie but looking at it now I think they are looking at a picture the woman has just taken with her phone.

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This is one of many pictures I took of tourists taking photographs; I particularly like the look of real concentration on the woman’s face as she captures her memories of Times Square.

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This next picture I think of as someone receiving a text message or email that they have been waiting for and perhaps thinking about what to send in reply.

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Finally in MOMA the excitement of being photographed with Marilyn, the picture is a little blurred due to the very low shutter speed necessary because I didn’t want to use flash but I think that adds to the sense of excitement that the picture captures.

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The exercise has taught me the value of taking multiple shots of a scene, I would have got such a good picture of the musicians if I had not walked around them taking many shots and then being able to pick out the one above. I also set out to look for pictures of people on their phone or tourists taking pictures and I think that the pictures above show the value of this premeditation. Finally, I must admit that the picture of the woman with Marilyn was something I just saw and took when I was actually looking for people taking selfies with famous art works behind them.