Monday, July 21, 2008

shooting blind

I've been playing around with some different shooting techniques lately. One of my newest favorite ways to shoot is blindly. Turn the camera on, point it in the general direction of what you want to shoot and click away. No looking through the viewfinder or LCD screen, no composing my shots, rarely even lifting the camera up past my waist.
How long will it be before his foot dwarfs that piece of chalk?

And you know what I've found? That some of these are my favorite shots. The unexpected beauty. Catching a moment with a subject unaware. Truth and purity. You should really try it sometime. Then come back here and let me know what you discovered while shooting blind.

13 comments:

Christina said...

I love to shoot that way sometimes, too! It's amazing the unexpected little treasures you capture that way...like his tiny foot.

Jen said...

I have tried that a couple of times with not much success. I must try it again. That is a really sweet shot.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

christina—On the ground and shooting blind. It was really fun!

jen—Thanks. You really should try it again.

Sarah-Ji said...

One of my favorite ways to shoot! Love that capture of the footsie!

Vegas Princess said...

Spontenaity(I know I did not spell that right but am too tired to check) con sometimes make for greatness.

cherish.photography said...

Awwwww....love to write on the sidewalk with chalk.

Cruel Shoes said...

How cool! I have to go try it soon. Thanks for the idea; although with the way I've been taking photos lately, everything will be out of focus like I was trying to take a photo of Bigfoot or something. (Seriously, I can NOT seem to take the shots at the right time or the correct setting. I fear I have the OldTimer's disease setting in or something.)

Jaimee said...

I will have to try it!

kim said...

A great shot. One day you'll look back on that pic and wonder when his foot was so small.

Maggie said...

What a sweet shot! I need to practice shooting blind more often...I am not very good at being spontaneous like that...

Blogarita said...

This is a great photo. I may have to try the technique.

I also love the basic white toddler shoes. You don't see those often any more.

Melissa said...

What fun - I really love that. Such an unexpected moment.

Mia's Mama said...

Nice perspective. I'll try shooting blind tomorrow and let ya know! :)