The night air was cool
The coffee was warm
The talk was shop
The cars sped by
That someone was watching
This weekend, I enjoyed exploring neighboring Terrell, Texas with my camera and a few folks from around the area.
We took part in a photo walk, organized by Brian Stout, which is essentially a bunch of people with an interest in photography get together to walk around an area and take photos.
There are no set rules and no certain skill sets required — just enjoy the views and snap away with your camera.
I spent an hour or so last night trying to grab that perfect picture of the approaching storm.
It was quite a site to see the clouds rolling in and the electrical storm happening only a few miles away.
While I didn’t get that “perfect shot” I did get a number of photos I liked a lot.
And I learned a few things along the way as well…
Thomas has an interesting take on taking photos of folks in public over on the nanolog — and specifically taking photos of the homeless.
I have no idea who the chap is in the pic nor do I have any thought as to why he considered it acceptable to photograph the Soup Van and the queue of folks waiting to be served.
I actually was quite blatant about taking the photo… but either he didn’t notice or didn’t care.
I found his behaviour rude and… if I am honest… rather dangerous.
We do not take photographs as a rule because we don’t want to put a barrier between us and the folks we serve… some of which would prefer not to have their photo taken.
He was rude because he didn’t ask… and he took a chance because he would have met with some strong opposition if he’d been spotted.
In hindsight… whilst I appreciate what he’s trying to do… it still seems wrong to me and probably explains why I prefer to take pictures of buildings or people I know. People need a choice….
People deserve the common courtesy to be asked whether or not they wish to have their photo taken. Not an easy task considering the number of folks present.