Local Ferguson Emotions (continued)

Came around with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the 25mm f/1.8 after class to capture some better shots for the newspaper. Shot most of these f/2 or f/3.5 to squeeze out more subject-background separation.

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Some technical thoughts as a photographer:

  • Pay attention to edges of frame more -- I have so many things partially out of the frame.  I'm shooting digital and have instant feedback; no excuse.
  • Get closer -- I shot about 96 frames, and the first third of them were distant, boring, and apathetic.
  • Learn how to use autofocus better -- I get caught stumbling among focus points or missing shots critical focus from center-point-focus-recomposing too often.  Operator error should not bleed into composition.
  • Have your [digital] damn camera on you all the time! -- Well, I had the Olympus XA with me, but anything that camera paints onto emulsion belongs to me and only me.

Part of me regrets not heading into Baltimore that night to capture Charm City's emotions.  Local photographer, Josh Sinn, captured many beautiful and compelling frames of the night.

These are aspects of photography that always draw me back in.  Beautiful photos need to not have a beautiful person in them, but rather emotion -- documenting the human spirit and drive.