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Day 7: Today was a Really Fun Day!

Project Looking Glass - Day 7

Last night I was talking to a friend and just going on about how bored I was. Wow, I really need to be in the classroom and really talk. Megan mentioned that a lot of my creativity comes from my time in the classroom and after a week without teaching 12 year olds I had a major creativity block. But not anymore! Well, maybe I still do.

There was a this really great photo that I wanted to take for many years now. I can’t find it, but the photo was taken by Mark Harvey and it was a shoot that was in the middle of the streets with a single flash. They ran to the middle of the road during a red light and popped off a few as people were walking by. It was really cool. I don’t have a lot of people who would be willing to do that with me, so I decided I’m going to practice a little bit on my own. Less with the people and technical side but with just building up the confidence of running into the middle of traffic (okay, a red light) and not be afraid.

I had a plan that I would go out near sunset and snap a few frames of Wall-E or an Iron Man Mighty Mugg. Here are my lessons learned.


  1. Do Research: I would scout out the place I want to take a photo of before in order to know where the sun is an how it sets. The first place I went to I saw a great site, but wasn’t able to get the light I wanted because the sun was gone before I even got my second shutter.
  2. Know Your Lens: I forgot that with a wide angle lens that I needed to be REALLY close to my subject so that it/they won’t be a tiny spot if they’re in the middle of the framing.
  3. Know Your Camera Body: I had to remember that I don’t have 51 points of AF. I have 9 on my D90 which is great. But in order for me to NOT lay on my belly on the road with a tired and frustrated bus driver directly behind me is to trust my camera and trust myself to know I’ll hit the AF points on the dot without looking at the viewfinder or screen.
  4. Set Up BEFORE you Head Out: My first shot was WAY over exposed because it was in manual mode with a +2 exposure and 1,000 ISO. I could have had a really great first shot and have been done with the day if I had set my camera settings correctly.
  5. Know Where the Light Is: I wasn’t thinking when I took a few shots in the shadows. I walked back to the curb and kicked it. Wasted a frame and endangered my life for nothing.
  6. Bring a Friend: Either to hold the camera, a flash unit, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY to tell me when the walk light was diminishing so I could run back and be safe. I had one close call when I had 2 bars left on the sign and had to bolt back or get run over!

March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Lessons, Street, Wall-E | , ,


  1. Great shot, I’m glad you survived to tell the tale! (and post the picture!)

    I look forward to tomorrow’s post!


    Comment by Gaelen Mibeck | March 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Gaelen!

    Comment by K-Thai | March 8, 2011 | Reply

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