People Pics in Yellowstone
Taking good pictures of humans, in general, may be one of the most challenging photographic situations for me. There needs to be so much care and attention in the setup with equipment, lighting, angle of subject, location, time of day… there are so many factors. Honestly, I have not put much interest in portrait photography until now. And for the Yellowstone trip, this was clearly not the focus. Most of the time we were hiking and exercising and not in the best mindset for people photography. And just as a matter of preference, I do prefer candid shots as opposed to posed photography in these situations. Even so, I was a good sport, and took lots of people pics to document our adventure…and I am glad I did.
This image below is one of my favorite pics from the Yellowstone trip. It was a combination of good setup and lucky timing…and I got to be in the pic! Usually hard for a photographer to do. =)
The back story behind the photo. After a six mile hike to the summit, we decided to take a rest and soak up the view. Lucky for us, we were the first to make it to the top that morning. So the place was ours. Since we were planning on staying put for a while, I thought it would be a good opportunity to setup up the camera on a timer to take some shots while we were eating. It was a pretty simple setup. With my Tokina 11-16 mounted to the D300, I placed it on a beanbag or SafariSack and faced it toward where we were sitting. (Thanks to Marsha for introducing me to this product.) This is a great lightweight alternative to carrying a bulky tripod. So, that was the setup. Now for the coaching, I asked everyone to look at the camera for a photo and then act casually for another shot…just for my artistic preference. On the third or so shot, a very polite newcomer joined us on the summit. And just as he was saying “hello” the timer released the shutter as we all were smiling and greeting him. Got it! I was not even behind the lens..!! That was the luck.
Here are some other shots during setup and outtakes.
And yes, I did place the hiking bags in the shot where they would be less distracting, but still remind the viewer that we did carry those heavy packs. =)
The shots below are more of my favorite people shots on the trip. And don’t forget, there will be more daily updates on my flickr photostream jayaxe04. Enjoy!!
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