I'm gathering up my stuff to head for Yosemite where I will spend New Years Eve. I'll be out there in the shadow of the mountains, among the trees, and under the stars with +Thomas Hawk +Trey Ratcliff +Robert Scoble +Karen Hutton
and about 10 other G+ photographers I've not yet met... fun, fun.
I was cleaning up my desktop and files (don't laugh Trey!) to prepare for the trip and I found this shot. I got this while waiting for the sunset. I sensed something was unfolding. Can you tell what I captured here? Any guesses?Spoiler Alert: Don't Continue reading before posting your guess! In the comments below... No cheating allowed!
So, this was taken in LA where you might see Paparazzi following people all the time. I don't normally photograph people... I was actually waiting for good light / a sunset shot. Then I saw this creepy guy following a couple and taking their photos with a telephoto lens. For a second I thought he was Paparazzi and it was Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock or something... Then I guessed what was going on, and it turns out I was right! I quickly surmised that the man had hired this photographer to follow him and shoot his wedding proposal... ya know, the waves, the sun, the beach cruiser. It'd be a perfect moment, right? (My friend actually recently hired a photographer to follow him when he proposed to his wife, so it was easy for me to guess.)
Anyway, I could have got a shot of the proposal pretty easily, but I decided to shoot the photographer shooting the proposal. I thought it'd be fun for the photographer to have a cool shot of himself. Plus I didn't want the couple to see me and spoil their moment. I tried for awhile to get myself into position so I could shoot the photographer and
the couple and
the ocean in the background, but it was difficult as both parties kept moving about. (The ocean was well-behaved.) My job was much harder than the photographer who was getting paid! It looked like I was going to get nothing when suddenly everyone aligned in a way that was at least halfway decent. I got a few shots right as the man proposed... And then I went about my sunset shooing business. After it was all over, I caught up with the photographer and told him I'd got some shots of him and gave him my email.
Just another fun moment playing photographer :-) I'd really recommend this hobby if you haven't tried it. Camera equipment is so cheap, and now you have a cheap (free) way to distribute to an audience with places like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Flickr :-)