Yes, this year is starting with a bang ! Two for the price of one. I decided to write Blogs when inspiration comes. I may not write for several weeks. It’s like Street Photography. Don’t force things. Nothing good would come of it. It must remain a pleasure. These photos were taken less than 5 minutes apart.
Last Friday I went to have lunch with my wife in town because she had a two hour break. After dropping her off at her work around 2:00 p.m., I parked to go hang out in the streets of Saint-Denis because I had to pick up the children at 3:30 p.m. after their day of scooter training. I had stopped at a crossroads because there were workers who had blocked the road that leads to the city center. Signs had been installed. I had decided to linger here for a few minutes because I always find the traffic cones, the signs, the workers in orange vests graphic … But of course that is not enough. We need something else: like a guy in an electric wheelchair in the middle of the road ! Pfff don’t exaggerate Jeff, that never happens. Well to be honest, I had this situation a bit later in the afternoon. Well, not in the same place, but sometimes the stars are aligned and that’s when you have to click !
In short, back to our workers. No electric wheelchair in the area. On the other hand, passers-by called out to the workers because their car was parked behind the panels and they asked them if they could move them just for a moment so that they could reverse. It becomes interesting as a situation. A few years ago, I would have been satisfied with this composition. But now I’m trying to look around to see what I can still fit into this composition. It is at this moment that I see this lady who comes in the distance on my right, holding her hat because there is a little wind. The timing may be tight, but it’s playable. She has to be at my level before the car leaves, otherwise I lose the first element of my composition. She arrived at my level when the car has finished reversing. The workers even put the road signs back in place. The selected photo works because I have this lady with her hat which offers me a nice foreground and the scene which is played behind questions. If I were to show only this photo, the position of the car is not normal.
I put you below, all the photos taken before this one.
This lady in blue becomes the focus of the photo when it had been composed without her. My focus and interest changed while composing this photo. Moreover quite quickly I follow in the footsteps of this lady because I like her attitude. Her blue dress which floats in the wind and her right hand which holds her hat. I follow her, hoping that another interesting situation will allow me to take more photos. Which is not easy because she walks fast and walking just as fast behind her, would make me a stalker ! Even if in absolute terms it is not completely wrong at the time … Luck comes to my aid because she arrives at a pedestrian crossing where the lights are green. She must wait to cross. It gives me time to catch up with her without it looking too suspicious. This is where the second photo will be taken. Two young girls are also waiting in front of the pedestrian crossing. Their gestures are interesting and I can even integrate a 4th character on the other side of the street.
Below are all the photos taken.
Exactly 4 minutes separate the first photo from the second with the two girls. I could have stopped after the first photo with the workers, but sometimes you feel like you have to keep going because there might be other opportunities. It does not always work but this Friday, I did well to insist !
All photos were taken with the Ricoh GRD4.