Quickly from Instinct

This shot is looking down Bush Street in San Francisco’s financial district during rush hour. I set up to take this shot because I was interested in the view if a traffic jam from a higher vantage point. As I was moving around trying out different framing options, this man got out of his car and struck a pose, it completed the composition. I focused on him, centered him in the frame and captured an image as quickly as I could. I knew this moment wouldn’t last very long so I made all of my decisions quickly from instinct.

It’s these happy accidents that are the real joy of street photography for me and the reason I keep me coming back for more. These moments always seem to happen at the most unexpected times so it so important to practice everyday. It’s like being a musician, you need to practice everyday to get better.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/8000, f/2, ISO 400


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