portraits · Rock Band · Victoria BC

In photography by webmeister Bud

Don’t we kinda look like a rock band? Or like we’re trying to look like one?

20080610 - Rock BandCanon EOS 400D (XTi) · Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
17 mm · 1/6 s · f/11 · ISO 400

This photo was taken at Niagara Falls.

No, the other one.

There are times of panic — such as the Rainbow fire — where I put the camera on semi-auto and squeeze off as many shots as possible to capture whatever fleeting action is in front of my lens.

Then, there’s all the other times.

The times where I shoot, tweak, shoot, adjust, shoot, stand taller, shoot, slouch, shoot, cock my head to the side, shoot, zoom in a titch, shoot, furrow my brow, shoot, sigh, shoot, zoom out a titch, shoot, say “Just a couple more!,” shoot, go wake up my subject, shoot . . .

The Law of Averages™, I believe, is on my side: if I take 86 photos of something, one of them is bound to not suck.

This photo? Not like that.

Perhaps it was the fact that, while I was tweaking people left and right, other tourists had started to gather behind me, wanting a closer look at the falls, or to take a photo in front of it.

Perhaps it was the fact that, to frame this shot, I had one corner of the camera precariously balanced on a rock, with another rock holding up the other corner.

Perhaps it was the fact that that setup required lying flat on my stomach to look through the viewfinder.

Whatever the perhaps, I made my settings, hit the timer, ran into the shoot, heard the click, and we moved on.

One shot. I was lucky.

It would’ve sucked about a half carton of eggs had the shoot been blurry, off kilter, badly lit, out of focus or whatever. Thankfully, ’twas not.