For the past 34 years I have had to try and capture the local town fair where I live as part of my job. I put way too much pressure on myself to deliver good shots and I have missed out on family time there because of this. Well this year I decided to ride my bike out on the last night to just relax and shoot a few frames for myself. I strapped all my photo gear on to avoid the parking/traffic nightmares and I had two possible shots I wanted to try and the one shown here was my main goal. I got there at dusk to set up and wait for lower light and I chose a wide angle to avoid all the junk piled around. I wanted to play around with motion and color and this ride was very colorful.
I literally just finished setting up my tripod and doing two test frames when this younger mom comes up to me and nicely asks what I am shooting? I respond nicely some time exposures to get motion blur. Well suffice it to say the conversation quickly went downhill when she told me she is not comfortable with me taking a picture of her kid and then says she does not believe me and wanted to see the images on my camera. Well since I only had two test shots taken and wasn’t in the mood to be interrogated, I told her forget it, thats not happening. She walked away but could not let it go and for the next ten minutes she kept pacing back and forth with her phone to her ear. I figured she was trying to get the police involved and finally a fair worker stopped to check and all was good. The crazy thing was there was a whole crew of models and photographers roaming the midway with soft boxes etc to shoot various scenes and no one bothered them at all. It seems these things always happen just when the light is getting good and then I end up being distracted when I need to stay focused. I am pleased with the swirling motion of color and light despite the drama.
Great photo, Don! Even with all the fuss from that woman, you stayed and got the shot! I love that you biked to the fair with all your gear!
I’ve begun to really enjoy the questions and occasional inquisition, especially by the Amish. I’ve rarely had someone totally freak out but if they do I see it as a challenge and more important I see it as a comedy. We are merely players in a very short play. Great shot Don and the story was even better.
I have always been very defensive when it comes to people trying to dictate what they think they can control photo wise. It comes in part from working at the paper and knowing I must get the shot even when someone thinks otherwise. I understood her concerns, it was the way she was trying to boss me around and not believe me. Last week I actually had an Amish lady tell me I can come in the field to get pictures of her family at work? I almost passed out but she said no problem, we don’t mind. times are a changing
Yes, I recently asked an Amish woman if I could take photos of her hemp field on Stumptown road and she said sure.
Was she on her cell phone at the time?