I am not going to talk about processing the image today.
I want to talk about capturing the moment.
I was walking down a street in Lucca (as you do). I use a wrist strap on my Canon 6D so my camera is always ready. I do keep the lens cap on unless I am shooting, but other than that I am pretty much ready to shoot any time.
Wherever I go I have my Canon 6D with me, and normally my Canon 24-105mm lens on the camera. If a a I am out and about I normally carry a Lowepro backpack, with minimal gear.
The equipment in my small backpack is as follows
- Canon 17-40mm lens, or if the mood takes I might pack instead my Canon 70-200mm lens.
That is it for lenses.
- Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter – if you don't know what this awesome piece of kit is check it out at http://www.leefilters.com/index.php/camera/bigstopper
- Manfrotto Pixie tripod
- Circular polarizer
- And a small Tupperware box containing batteries, memory cards, cloths, grey card.
And that is it.
The reason? And why is this relevant to this shot?
Firstly, my travel camera bag is light. Because I only ever carry the gear listed I can put stuff I buy in the bag too.
And because my bag is light and easy to carry it is not a burden so it happily goes with me wherever I go.
So walking around Lucca in the August heat with my camera on my wrist meant I was prepared.
Obviously as a photographer I am always looking for things to photograph. When I saw this wall in restaurant I was walking past I knew I had to photograph the wine rack.
And this is how it goes.
Something in a scene interested me so I went and explored. If I had larger bag full of gear I might not have taken it with me that day- I have been there before – virtually everything I own packed in a large backpack that was so heavy I often left it at home or in the hotel.
- Take the gear you need, but don't take everything.
- Always have something to shoot with.
- Make sure you are prepared and ready to shoot.
- Get out there and look around.
That's how I got this shot. I walked in, looked around, waved my camera nicely and inquisitively at the staff and asked if I could photograph the wall please (my Italian is appallingly poor to my shame). The staff said yes, I took two bracketed images with slightly different views, waved thank you and was off.
Here is the colour portfolio image used as a starting point for the black and white image.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Saturday 24th September 2016