Light Change

I knew this was a keeper as soon as I snapped the shutter. A brief review popped up in the viewfinder and it confirmed those very thoughts. But I has to dismiss it quickly if I wanted another shot. I was tracking the rider down the street for more shots but this was the one.

I originally set up for this shot on the corner of New Montgomery and Market in downtown San Francisco. The corner has some great backlighting that I wanted to take advantage of. It always seems to take forever for someone interesting to enter your scene when your waiting so when this guy pulled up after just a few light changes I was stoked. The backlit plastic basket on his handlebars really caught my eye, it was just the thing that made this capture a little extraordinary. I took some static shots of him as he waited for the light to change but they were just not work for me. But when the guy stomped on the pedals and took off, it changed the entire scene dynamic.

I had the camera turned to portrait position as I was taking the static shots so when this guy took off from the light so quickly I didn’t have time to switch my orientation. A horizontal shot may have been a better format but I still like how the composition works here, it’s very unexpected. I like the graphic quality and the flattened perspective. The diagonal lines are very dynamic and match up well the stunning gesture. This will be a great addition to my City Bike Series.

SONY, ILCE-7, Canon FD 85mm f1.8
1/4000, f/4, ISO 100

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