New Photo Day #3

New Photo Day! On a regular basis I will be uploading new street photos to flickr and posting them to my blog with a short story as to how they were captured. Including details technical, methodical, and other important tidbits on the photo.

(Above image taken by Tyler Bedgood. Licence Attribution. Click image for exif data. )

Today I am happy to share with you all my favorite picture. I took this image the second or third time I was out shooting street photography. That’s crazy because I really had no idea what I was doing. Heck, for the most part, I still don’t.

The Capture

So I am walking along on my way back home after about an hour or so worth of shooting the streets near my neighborhood. As I look around I see a glint of a flowery pink and white dress. It barely caught my attention as it peeked out from around the corner of a doorway. I immediately starting thinking to myself “What’s going on. Get it, go get it!” I hurried my pace a bit and walked up to where I saw that fraction of a dress retire. By the time I got there the picture you see above was what I saw. I quickly brought my camera to my eye and bent down, snapping off a few shots. I didn’t even get to process the event before I started shooting. After I brought my camera down from my face and looked at the children and grandmother standing there all done up in the doorway I thought “oh my god, did I really just get that?” I smiled and I said “Beautiful.” and kept walking.

The Photograph

I’m going to go ahead and agree with all of you who are probably thinking “lucky shot.” I couldn’t believe it myself when I reviewed the image a few days later. To me this image is the best image I’ve taken. The expressions on their faces are perfect, I love how they were standing and framed within the doorway. It’s clear these children and grandmother were about to take part in some type of ceremony. Whether it was a wedding or religious event I am not sure. Either way the image speaks to me in many ways. The children looking like adults with their blank stares in tow. The older adult lady, tissue in hand prepared to cry. And once more those who are in the back who we can barely see. All of them part of time in that moment. Living, breathing and thinking unique thoughts.

What do you think of this photo? What do you like or dislike? What would you have done differently? Let me know below! If you have questions about these featured photos that were not answered in the post then please feel free to ask them in the comments.

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About Tyler Bedgood

I have a passion for composition, lighting, and editing.
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2 Responses to New Photo Day #3

  1. Nate Lawson says:

    This is a brilliant shot! If any of the elements; the children’s faces, the older woman’s face, the tissue, the poses, were missing the shot wouldn’t have the impact that it does. And who cares if it was a ”lucky” shot….all that matters is that you didn’t hesitate and captured this wonderful moment! Beautiful!

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