A Woman’s Gaze

Even with all of what going on around in the city, I find it amazing that people can have an inner calm about them. As I was waiting to cross the street, I noticed this woman gazing at the advertising billboard. I liked the stillness of her gesture and how she seems within herself as the rest of the traffic walked by behind her. That idea of being so deep within ones self is one of my reoccurring themes and shows up in most of the more successful photos.

My photo walks are more of a meditation than anything else. I have to forget that I’m looking for a photograph before I can really realize the moment and capture it. If I go out and pressure myself into having to find a photo, I normally come home with a lot of captures but no real photographs. Even going out with a specific theme in mind has very limiting results. I found that it’s best to go out totally empty and open to everything. I have to clear my mind and not let it wander toward anything that’s not in the present moment. Focus becomes more important in more ways than one.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/350, f/1.7, ISO 50


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