Shooting in shi**y light - FOR SURE!
This turned out to be the worst time of day to try and get a good self-portrait.
I was trying to capture myself in thin air, jumping and frozen in front of the black and yellow "Keep Portland Weird" sign. LOL - But I never got the timing with the remote quite right, and here I captured myself just looking tense (one split second before I leaped with all my might). And, of course, the direction of the sun was at its worst. I had pictured this wall facing West Burnside, which would have put the shot in North light (the very best). Alas, it was facing South.
I used every trick in the book in Lightroom to get anything interesting out of this image.
It works, I think. I like the story of the gentlemen behind me.
This was taken around 10am on a Saturday morning and there were lots of various groups of people showing up to take their photos in front of Dante's great wall painting here. (I love this so much.) I am not sure if they were tourists, or just happy Portlanders. I set up my tripod wherever I go now, and in so doing, I got a couple requests to take other people's photos. That was fun. I really am enjoying the unpredictable people moments I am experiencing. That is the joy - the unplanned, spontaneously captured moment!
Here are a couple more - WELL, BAM!
That last one especially is like an album cover - street photography at its most fun.
GREAT WISDOM FROM THE UNIVERSE: As my great mentor, Mike Riches says, "Gobble 'till ya wobble." (The traffic's gonna be a bear out there. You all are terrible drivers! Everyone slow down and strap in your sense of humor. Happy Thanksgiving Eve!)
Once in awhile, well, BAM!