From the Hip!

This was “literally” shot from the hip while waiting for a table at a very busy Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles,CA last weekend. I think she was a little scared of the IR focus light from my camera and she ran off right away after the capture. I was a little afraid she was going to tell her parents I took a picture of her and they would confront me. But everything was just fine and she was running around again in a couple of minutes.

As I just start printing for my next book and I’ve come to realize how dark my images are. So I’m paying very close attention to my histogram in this image. It’s a balance of lighting the shadows while keeping the grain to a respectable level. At some point you just have to embrace the grain and except it for its own beauty.

I’m taking a slower approach to my latest book project and I’m printing out each image and manually putting together the book. This is different from past book projects as the images never left the computer until the printing of the book. So as I print out each image, I’m not only making sure it’s the perfect exposure, I’m also finding nice little things in the image that I missed before. In the end, this slowing down and really paying attention to each individual image will make for a much better book.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/100, f/2.8, ISO 6400

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