I’ll own it, there are times when I become one of those angry photographers and raise my voice to complete strangers. And sometimes, I try to channel a more positive spirit and figure out how to work around them. Sunrise and sunset can be a stressful time, the light is fading, you’ve been in position for awhile just waiting for the few seconds that will make your image come alive……and someone walks into your frame….and sits down. Expecting patience at times like these is a folly, and downright unreasonable. But when you’re bearing is not as intimidating as you wish it could be, then you either take your chances and yell, walk away and try something else, or try to work around it. I encountered this situation at the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. From the images it looks like an isolated and peaceful place. It is anything but. Hundreds of photographers and tourists concentrate in a small area to capture memorable images.
I was set up in front of the church, when this gentleman walked in and sat down to take in the view. He had every right to be there, so it was up to me to work around him. Each of these three images have a major, fundamental problem…..he is looking the wrong way. He is looking toward the outside of the frame, away from the main subject, the church. It would have been better if he was looking in the direction of the church.
Peter and I went back and forth and could not land on which one works better. My preference is the first (If I had to choose). Sometimes, you have to do the best you can with what has been presented.