Yesterday I headed into downtown Vancouver to shoot some street photography. I've never done it, as the rest of the group hadn't, and we had lots of fun practicing.
The day started out very early as we took the West Coast Train down to Vancouver, eliminating the hassle of rush hour traffic and parking. The last train leaves the station at 7:25 am, so I had to leave my house at 6:00am to give myself enough time to get there on time. That meant I had to be up no later than 5:00 am - although I awoke at 4:00am and, worried I wouldn't wake up on time, decided to just get up.
I made the train in plenty of time, meeting my photo friends at the station. The ride into town was relaxing and fun, with all kinds of interesting sights on the way that one doesn't get any other way into town.
We walked from the station into Gastown, one of the original areas of Vancouver to be built. Lots of history, old buildings, tourists and savoury and not so savoury sights to be seen. One of our assignments is doorknobs, so between street sights and doorknobs, we were kept exceedingly busy looking for photo ops.
Although I got lots of photos, I found that one of my compatriots always seemed to be in the way when I saw someone I wanted to photograph. So I'd definitely go another time with maybe only one other person to eliminate that issue. One of the photos that made me laugh out loud when I saw it on my computer was of a trio of cyclists, although you can't really see the third guy. A woman and man had their backs to me, looking at something in their hand, stopped beside their bikes. I thought nothing of it. Until I opened the photo on my laptop. The guy, just as I pressed the shutter, must have decided to 'pick his seat' so his is very evidently either scratching his arse, or maybe pulling his shorts out of it. Who knows? When you ride a bike, it's normal to have to pull your shorts down afterwards. (Unless you wear spandex, which they weren't wearing).
Anyway, I got a bit chastised when I posted it, as others didn't see the humour in it. I thought it was funny as heck, as I had no idea that's what I'd captured. I still think it's funny and if others don't, then they can unfriend me. boo. hoo.
I didn't really have a mid-range lens to take street photos, so many of them are too far away. Many of them turned out blurry, possibly from the movement of the subject, or just not being able to focus quickly enough. So I don't have many that I'd be willing to use for the assignment, but I really enjoyed it and will probably go out again to do a repeat, hopefully when the weather isn't as hot.
I'd definitely take the train again, as that was totally fun. In fact, I may just take my bike so I have more mobility, as well as a folding stool so I can just park my butt somewhere and take photos as people pass by. There's some really interesting back alleys that I'd like to go back and photograph.
One of the doorknobs I took turned out excellent, although what I hadn't realized was there was another knob painted over with lots of scuffed green paint above it. I'll have to work on perhaps cropping that photo into two.
As the first time of going, it was a lot of fun, and I'll be going out again to do it. People doing every day things is quite fascinating, and I can totally see the attraction of street photography. I just have to practice 'seeing' more of the background and not just the people.
I didn't get home until well after 6pm, dog-tired from a full day of walking and gawking, and went to bed super early. This morning I have a meeting with a woman that wants to buy some of my photos, so I'd best get off here to get ready to meet her, then head out to another area with my bike for more landscape photos, seeing as I didn't make it for a bike ride this morning.
Although still a 'newbie' - I'm no longer a street photography virgin.