waiting in Maidenhead

I saw this man on a bench in the shopping centre yesterday and did my best in the low light. It was an exercise in patience to stand there waiting for both the shoppers to stop walking past and for the man to look to his left as shown.
The above was taken with my Canon dSLR held low and aimed and focused by luck. It’s moments like this that I wish I had our Sony DSC F707 camera with its handy (and sneaky) tilt body with me. It’s older, has fewer megapixels, and is still a bit bulky, but it’s the best way to grab candid shots like this one I shot on the London Underground.

I’m attempting to learn more about shooting with available light as well as the very basics of photography (like shutter speeds, apertures, f-stops, etc.) since I now have the proper tool for all that. I took a basics class when I was in art school ages ago, but that information space in my brain has since been replaced with more important things like commercial jingles, the lyrics to “I’m Too Sexy,” and how to make convincing piggy noises without opening my mouth. The combination of these skills is deadly cool at a party but does nothing for advancing my photography skills. I’ll have to give one or two of them up to soak in new info and I can tell you with certainty that it won’t be my ability to speak swine. πŸ˜‰

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7 thoughts on “waiting in Maidenhead”

  1. I teach a bit of photography – only to Middle School kids, and it’s more skills-based (we still do wet photography!), but I have a bit of an understanding of a variety of things to do with higher level stuff, like how shutter speed and aperture size relate together in terms of exposure, and a bit about depth of field and I’m always working on composition.

    I came across a great website that has heaps of info about digital photography. I’m not on the laptop that I was using then, so I can’t just look into the history and see what it was, but I’ll see if I can find it on Google.

    Aha! Google:adobe lightroom tutorial, hit #3 (ignoring sub-hits):


    There’s some really good stuff on this site. The other thing I could suggest is a couple of magazines, I found a really good one the other day, which is more like a book than a magazine. It was called “Adobe Photoshop Focus Guides to Better Photos” or something like that, and it is quite good.

  2. Thanks Matt! I’m looking to take my photography to a better level than where it’s at now and I’m at the point where I can’t avoid knowing the basics. Dumb luck can only get me so far…

  3. You’re just going to have to make a new empty space in your brain for photo stuff. Don’t even think about crowding out the commercial jingles, song lyrics, or swinespeak!They’re always so entaining on the long drive from O Hare airport.

    Maybe you could use the area where you store information on how to bump into every piece of furniture in a room, although then you wouldn’t fit in with the rest of our family:)

  4. Loved both shots Jen. I’m always trying to get decent photo’s and failing miserably (there are some attempts on my blog).

    The Tube shot is amazing – that girl is incredible, and the colours so vivid. She looks almost too perfect – a bit ‘Stepford’ ?!

  5. Thanks Paul! Just remember that for every shot a photographer likes or shares there are typically countless others that don’t make the grade. πŸ˜‰

  6. Meant to comment on this when you first posted…

    Absolutely fantastic shot, street photography at it’s very best!

    If you want to sit and chat photography over a coffee or two (or many πŸ™‚ ), give me a shout.

    I’m guessing this shot was taken in a shopping centre. You have to be a bit careful as most don’t like photography and being accosted by security is never fun. It’s a shame as some have quite fabulous architecture which would make great photos.

    Let’s hope the weather is reasonable in Oxford.

    – Neil.

  7. Thank you, Neil!

    And yes, I’d love to get together and chat photography. I’m adjusting to a new schedule (trying to rein in my ADD a bit) but count me in when I’m settled into it a bit more. πŸ™‚

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