January 5, 2010

These wonderful sidewalk chefs are everywhere, and downtown LA is no exception. I’ve wanted to do this type of photography for a long time but never took the time, and was always a bit nervous about what they might think of my taking photographs. The fact that we don’t speak the same language, thus making it impossible for me to tell them about my work, isn’t going to help. The man pictured was fine with me taking photos, but his helper, a woman, came out of a little shop and told me no no no! This is a perfect situation where knowing what you want, and setting the camera in advance, really pays of. I knew there was a chance I’d have to act quickly so I set my camera as I was walking up, ordered tacos (which were awesome), and started shooting. I only got about ten shots off before the woman asked me to stop. The two shots above are exactly what I was going for. Truly one of the fastest shoots I’ve every done!

Something else I thought was interesting was using the rule of thirds, but in square format, and top to bottom opposed to side to side. I’m still not sure if it’s quite right, but that’s what this is all about. Trying new things.

Sidewalk Taco Stand – somewhere on 7th St. – Downtown Los Angeles
ISO 1600, 24-70 @27mm, f2.8@1/100 sec, available light

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