“Your next challenge, should you choose to accept it or not, is to shoot ‘harmony’”.
I have been given persuasive incentives to get this challenge completed quick smart – Mavis she be a waiting!
Hmm, I may have stretched the interpretation of this one a bit. It is of course Valentine’s Day today, so I went out with the intent of shooting people carrying bouquets, hugging, kissing, holding hands and generally being all loved up. Harmony as in togetherness then. Unfortunately, there was not much of that going on in Cheltenham today. Maybe 17:00 is a bit too late for the casual strolling romantics and too early for those on a “Valentines Dinner” mission. There were some funky shop displays up for the day worth shooting though.
I did find some affectionate couples to shoot. First were a pair of rabbits(?) sharing a bench together. Then there were 2 mannequins in a shop window. I am not convinced their affair is out in the open as their hand holding looked like a very secretive gesture…..
I’d say that today’s challenge was above all having the bottle to shoot with crowds of people about. I think I did OK, but need to get the balls to do candid portraits – I’m definitely not there yet. Camera wise, I used a high ISO as it was getting dark quickly. A 50mm was on camera again at anything between f/1.4 and f/8. I would have preferred my 24-70 but didn’t fancy walking around town with that much £’s of kit in my hand. Was a nice shoot this evening. I tried some new things that didn’t quite work out (manual focusing and shooting from the hip at the same time which failed miserably) and some things that did (bokeh from car lights).
One final thing. On my way up The Promenade in Cheltenham, I came across a tree with a heart stuck to it. It was left there with some chalk and a note asking people to write a message to their loved one on it and then take a photo of the message. “A 21st Century Valentine” it was called. The note was a poem which also asked people to send their images in to them so they could be put on their blog http://dillytante.wordpress.com/. I will be keeping an eye out to see the results – I thought it was a cool idea. So here is what I took of the heart.