Quiet Moments Captured
Updated: Jan 23
It amazes me how small moments of everyday dwellings can get missed. We're so used to just getting on with the day the best we can. From waking up, drawing the curtains or in my case, the blinds; to stepping out of your front door, or logging on from home and greeting the new day.
But as we all know, we see things through our own lens - our eyes in such different ways, what we like, what we don't like, what we overlook. For me, someone who's constantly looking through a lens, or creating creative content I see moments, not really things, I picture cinematic and effortless moments everywhere, and the potential of something creative. If you think about it we're all in our own mini movie, path, journey, quest, soap opera or maybe even a new chapter; you name it you're probably doing it and being the main character right now. However we pick and choose to share or hide elements of our lives to spin our own angle on particular narratives.
These images below explore a simple moment between friends, someone reading a newspaper and another fluttering around with a camera. These were captured on a bright Saturday morning, simply due to circumstance, a still subject, good dynamic natural 'moody' lighting thanks to those blinds and very minimal effort to set up. I believe my subject didn't even really notice me shooting after the first shot was taken.
But aren't those types of shoots the best...minimal thought, minimal effort, just camera in hand, natural composition and click. Now my fellow photographers, we all know - every moment is something which could be dynamically beautiful when you've got your camera in your hand. But I don't know about you, I feel that moments unplanned are by far the most rewarding and sometimes some of your best work once you process the images.
All of these images were shot with the FujiFilm XT-20 using the XF-50-230mm lens. Manual mode of course, as you can really control the depth of field and focal point in these close quarters from different locations around your subject. Tinkered with the settings until I got the desired ISO, fstop and all that jazz, whilst of course making sure I'm shooting RAW ( always shoot RAW ). Then bam. Shutter button pressed, it's as simple as that. No ritual, no jotting down specific settings or master classes here. Just having the self-confidence to:
1. Grab the camera, no matter what system you use. 2. Ask your subject to act natural and to ignore you. (That one was super easy in this instance) 3. Pace yourself when pressing the shutter button.
Don't over think your shots, or who, what and where your subject is. If you want to capture a feeling, a tone for your desired image, you will, I speak to so many creatives who just put too much pressure on themselves to capture 'likeable content' when really, It's not about that, it's about using your eye, your skill and just having that confidence to shoot something you enjoy to capturing.
Look at your composition you want to achieve and take it slow. Seek out examples for inspiration if that's how you work, as it helps broaden your shot list. But remember, there is nothing worse than being trigger happy with your camera and then looking back at the vast images of the same moment feeling as if you didn't really captured it or do it justice. Having a handful of images, is fair more rewarding than hundreds that don't get used or processed.
Capture one or two shots, then change it up. You'll gain a better understanding not just of your subject but of the ability to discipline yourself in being a shooter who edits as you capture.
I know in my mind looking back at this moment, I just was amazed with how the light was hitting the subjects face, how everything around him was dark, it felt like a scene in a movie, where a slow low-angle pan from the base of the newspaper then moves up to reveal the subjects eyeline.
Challenge yourself to think about in camera editing, what type of composition, natural focal point and framing you want to achieve; If you've got a easy going subject who's clearly happy just doing their thing, you'll be able to just flow with that and capture some great shots. You may even surprise yourself with your captures.
Thanks for reading. Comment if you have any thoughts or stories of your own recent experiences shooting moments just like this.
Stay Creative, Stay Safe. & Remember to take the lens cap off.