From the moment I stepped out of Penn Station, I was a little overwhelmed.
Everywhere I looked was a possible shot. There was the motion, the activity, the colors, the people. It was summer in New York City, and I didn’t know where to begin shooting photos.
Since I began the 365 Photo Project, when I come into new places and situations, I want to shoot pictures of everything. I’m finding that’s not the best way to attack taking pictures. An interesting byproduct that I hadn’t expected was the need for patience when taking pictures.
Of course patience is the true friend of the artist. When I was involved in theatre as an actor and director, you needed patience to rehearse a scene. As a writer, the patience came in the editing process–the true art of writing. So be asked for patience to take pictures seems strange.
I’ve learned there are many types of photography–snapshots, landscapes, portraits, street, etc. some of the moments are ephemeral–people move, light changes, a smile disappears. Others might be more static–a mountain, a tree, a building. Regardless the need for patience remains to get the right exposure, setting, cropping, framing, or expression.
Shooting in New York made me think about and deal with all of it.
I got a few moments in the Apple Store to buy a new iPad plug because I left mine in the hotel in DC. The glass steps leading down into the store were so fun to capture. It took a great deal of patience to try to get the exposure right shooting into the bright sky.
Our hotel room was on the 17th floor. I had fun shooting out of the window at various rooftops. It’s pretty amazing what you can see. I was also trying to capture the terrace across the street at various times of the day. It was the only plant life in the whole building and made for an interesting shot.
I did try my hand at street shooting. The people in New York are fascinating. I love the shot of the psychic checking her iPhone. Does she really need to do that? Doesn’t she know who is calling or emailing already?
The kids in the park watching the juggler were a treat too. Kids are so free to do whatever.
The subway was also fun to take pictures in. I’d never really done it before. But I cranked my ISO up and brought the speed down and got some fun shots.
For some reason I was compelled to shoot motion. I guess it was the movement in the city. Truly it never stops moving. No matter the hour or the location, there was always motion.
As I write this, I’m on vacation in Santa Barbara. I saw a photographer at the street fair who had shot nothing but doors. They were really cool. It made me think of the door image I took in New York. I love the red with the green writing framed by the black. It really pops.
I wish I had a good tripod. That is likely to be a purchase very soon. I was able to the get NYC skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge by placing the camera on the decking of the bridge. I like it, but I was limited to what I could shoot.
On top of all this there were the people, the street fairs, the farmer’s market, the dogs and so much more that I captured. By the time I got done with the trip, I felt more relaxed about taking pictures. But I still have a ways to go. New York was a good place to learn the wonderful skill of patience.
How do you cultivate patience when photographing?
Click on any of the pictures below to see a full gallery of my New York Trip.