I have a bit of a unique perspective on the homeless population in the northwest. Over the years I’ve employed a large number of homeless individuals as day labor for sign holding. You’ve all seen them, it’s the people dancing and waving as they hold a sign promoting a “Grand Opening” or “Going out of Business”.
Some are on the streets by choice, some have no where else to go, almost all of them have some sort of substance abuse issue.
Everyone has a story and most of them are happy to tell it to you if you will listen.
I don’t know what the solution is, there certainly isn’t an easy fix, but it does make me feel fortunate to have a place to call home.
I’ve found the difference between a neat looking shot and a ho-hum average shot is, like most things all in the details. Obviously lighting is key, but other things like a slight angle to the front wheels and where you stand in relation to the height of the car can put a unique and interesting perspective on the shot.
After I had tried with no success to photograph fireworks the 4’th of July last year I was determined to get some good shots this year.
I went out to the middle of the Ross Island Bridge with a tripod, my trusty Nikon D700 and a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor lens.
I shot a series of pictures at various shutter speeds and f-stops, having my best luck with about a 2 second shutter speed and an f-stop of the mid teens, and my iso held at 200.
I’m much happier with the result this year!!!