Shooting From The Hip
At the moment niggly hips are preventing me from running so in a bid to maintain a certain level of fitness I’ve taken to walking around route from Lagana to Kalamaki and back down the beach. It’s not far to walk, measuring just under 5km, but when early evening temperatures are still touching 33C (any hotter than that I don’t go) I feel it’s enough.
Walking on the dry sand really gets the muscles working and when time permits or the mood takes, it’s nice to have a quick dip in the sea afterwards.
Recently I’ve been thinking about the St. Dennis Festival that takes part on Zakynthos. It may not be until the 24th August, but the time is flying by right now. Can you believe it’s mid-July already?
The past couple of years I’ve gone to the market and taken photos of the spectacular firework display, but this year, if I can summons the energy to go I want to take a different approach in regards to taking photos.
That’s where shooting from the hip comes in. It’s a subtle style of taking photographs that enables us to take nice, candid photos. It’s a bit sneaky, so it’s a style that I’m not sure will sit well with me, but I do like the idea of it. My biggest fear? Someone noticing and confronting me!… I’d die!
I thought that my walk would be a perfect time to try shooting from the hip. Obviously, I had to be careful what I photographed on the beach as there are some sights best left unseen!
For My First Attempt
I used my 50mm lens, set the ISO at 100 and left the camera to do the focusing. The F stop was 5 and I had to vary the shutter speed according to where I was walking. I also had the shutter on continuous mode, I felt at least then I may have a chance of getting something… Oh, and I also turned the beep off, although my shutter is hardly silent and I was very aware of that.
When I got out of the car, I stood and took a few practice shots, just to get a feel for the angle. Then off I headed with the camera on my hip.
I took just under 200 photos and hardly any of them were interesting, let alone worth keeping. But I did manage to salvage two, with a little cropping and lightening up (1600 shutter speed was a little too quick!).
So here you have…
My Sunday Photos
7 pm and the beach is still busy.
That man looks engrossed in whatever it is he is doing. And those people in the distance are not meant to be at the back of the beach. That’s where the turtles’ nest!
For me, shooting from the hip photography is going to take a bit of practice. Is it a style you’ve ever tried?
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