Friday, April 15, 2016

Legs In A Window

Good Vibes and Golden Opportunities

It was such an Amsterdam moment! I looked up and noticed a lovely pair of legs in the window. It was a bright, clear afternoon. Apparently, the person attached to the legs wanted to enjoy a little sunshine.

My camera was in the backpack. I experienced that uncomfortable cognitive pause where I wondered whether I would have enough time to capture the shot. Luckily, my hands unzipped the bag, grabbed the camera, and mounted the 70-200 while my brain was still pondering whether it was a good idea.

a photo of bare legs in a window in amsterdam
Legs In A Window - Amsterdam

I grabbed a few quick shots - the legs kept changing position. This image is the most flattering. 

As for the person in the window - who I never met, by the way - I would to think that they would be proud of this image. It's novel, and I feel that it show them in a complimentary way.

I never want my photography subjects to feel to embarrassed or annoyed. I want our interactions to be positive and mutually beneficial, and I want the outcome to be a pleasant surprise. I want the person to feel respected and appreciated, and I want them to be happy with the result.

While I was shooting, a German couple walked over and stood beside me for a moment. They noticed the legs in the window, and took some shots with their cell phone cameras. The lady sounded very excited (in a good way) when she said something like Gross Kamera mit Objetif (big camera with lens). I think she was hoping that I would come away with a good shot.

Good vibes are powerful, and they are always appreciated.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens:     Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.

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