Monday, December 6, 2010

Street Photography

Skater Boy

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed at 1/200 sec. @f/3.2.

I was down on the Mall recently, standing in between N & S Centre St., on Baltimore St., when I heard “look out”. I turned to see what was happening and this boy on his skateboard came roaring by just a few feet away.

Now on the Mall skateboarding isn’t allowed but, more often than not, you will see someone of the youth persuasion riding one of these things through the area. It is supposed to be un-common to see this but it happens so much that it is a common site now a days. So the un-common has become the common…

Anyway, I only had time to raise the camera to my eye, point and fire away. On this particular occasion I was shooting in the Programmed Auto mode using Auto ISO just to see how the camera would record things on this overcast day.

Amazingly, for the most part, the camera choose a pretty good combination for the action before me. It gave me a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the skater, but slow enough to create a feeling of movement, and the aperture allowed for a partial blurring of the background. Not bad for a P&S.

I like this photo. You can see the “not allowed” action going on in an area where it is not supposed to be happening, but you don’t see the youth’s face as he goes whizzing by, his arms out for balance and oblivious to his surroundings. His focus seemed to be on just the fun he was having and the enjoyment of the ride. Envy comes easily in my aged, but youthful mind.

Ah, youth… yeah, I remember those days. I wasn’t perfect either… :-)

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