As I was taking this photo, with my tripod setup on the side of a busy sidewalk (out of the way of course), numerous passersby stopped to stare and even asked what I was doing taking photos of the front of this building. It was around this time I started to realize how little I had begun to care how I looked when I was taking my photos. When I first started out with this website I wasn’t always confident. I tried to avoid crowds and sometimes waited for people to leave an area before I would start photographing. After a while I realized I would never see these people again, and as long as the photo turned out ok I had nothing to fear in these curious pedestrians. It was like a weight off my shoulders… I began to focus more on my shots surroundings, and even noticed more photo opportunities in a scene that I perhaps may have missed if I were in a hurried frenzy to take the photograph. It was a great feeling to overcome this fear. If the end result is a photo you are very happy with, then who cares what a few strangers think!

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  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    LOVE the selective focus here! Great tones too! Well done!

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse Pafundi

    Dig the focus and color

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    What a wonderful image, and the accompanying blog today is entirely inspiring! Great stuff, I love it!!

  • bruce

    Love the description of your journey as a photographer- you know that you are the ”real deal” as an urban photographer when you are over the anxiety of being observed. As you state, you will never see those people again. Great shot BTW!

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Neat story that resonates, as I’ve noticed the same thing. But I’ve also noticed that now and then the old insecurity pops back and I feel weird taking shots in public for no apparent reason. It usually doesn’t take long to push past it but it’s still there.

  • http://www.nychdr.com Tim Gibson

    Love the color tones in this shot.