Worry Free Photo Walk

When I started down the road of becoming a professional photographer, things got complicated very quickly. I started to worry about the various aspects of establishing a business, one of which is the quality of my work.  It only makes sense that you want to be the best you can possibly be in whatever you pursue. If your not careful, that pursuit can turn into an obsession. I believe that in order to be great, you must have a certain level commitment, borderline obsession if you will.  You have to be careful because commitment can lead to obsession without you knowing it. Obsession leads to behavior that is in fact, counterproductive. The one thing I don't want to lose is the pure joy of photography. Stressing out over every detail all the time wears you down and you can lose your joy. 

Last Saturday was one of the few days, I had nothing to do. So I decided to find a new location and go on a photo walk. This photo walk was going to be worry free; I wasn't going to "obsess" over gear, composition, lighting, backgrounds, white balance, dept of field, posing...etc.  I grabbed my kit lens and just when out to shoot with no expectations. I didn't care if the shots were good or not, I just wanted to enjoy the process of shooting something I'd never seen or experiences. I heard the Bishop Arts District was great location for urban style scenery, so that's where I decided to go. And I did discover some great locations for future shoots and met a few interesting people along the way. Below are some of the images I took on my worry free photo walk.

 

 Before I made to the Bishop Arts District, I saw these ladies riding horses. So I pulled over and asked if I could take a picture. I converted the image to black & white and add a warm tone to give that old western feel.

 I saw this guy come out of a store around the corner and sit in this spot. I asked if I could take his picture, he nodded "ok." Not sure if he spoke any english. 

 I saw this guy come out of a store around the corner and sit in this spot. I asked if I could take his picture, he nodded "ok." Not sure if he spoke any english. 

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The guy on the left is Darell, a local R&B artist. On the right is Jade, a boxing and MMA fitness instructor. 

The guy on the left is Darell, a local R&B artist. On the right is Jade, a boxing and MMA fitness instructor. 

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 Bishop Arts District

 Bishop Arts District