On Taking Assignments #26 - On the Job


I was a bit disappointed by this shot.  I rushed myself a bit and as a result I didn't quite present the picture I had in my mind.

While I didn't feel this was a bad shot, you can see by my caption above that I thought it fell short.

I am not generally a street shooter and I prefer candid shots to posed, so I try to remain unseen to the subject.  The problem with this is that it makes me look and feel like a bit of a stalker.  I'm not exactly inconspicuous with my DSLR and zoom lens either.  As a result, I get a bit rushed and generally feel like I could have done better.

I'm not sure what if anything I can do about this issue.  I don't plan on shooting street in any vision of the future I have.  The ability to shoot in this style is a great skill to have, though, so I will continue to work at it when the opportunity arises and make small improvements as I can.

On Taking Assignments

I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography.  In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners.  Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group.  I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning.  My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.