Patience is important

Patience is the cornerstone of good street photography, in my opinion. It’s sort of like fishing. You don’t row out to your favourite fishing spot, cast your line and when you get no bites in the first five minutes, reel it in and go home, right? No, you sit and wait, and wait some more. Sometimes for hours, even. But often that wait can result in a nice catch for dinner.

When I come across a scene or some interesting light & shadow play that I think has the makings of a good image, I usually park myself and wait for the rest of the components to coalesce into the shot I’ve envisioned. This isn’t some unique trick I’m employing, but a very common method used by many, if not most, street photographers.

In this case I’d already been walking for hours and just wanted to return home for the day, so I didn’t have the patience to wait around for this shot to come together. What’s missing? In my vision, I can see a cyclists riding by and caught in the storefront window’s reflection. I think that would have really completed the shot. As it stands, it’s okay, but it could have been much better if only I’d engaged in a little patience. Oh well. Hope you like the shot.

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