In this exercise I visited a local market in Spain to practice spotting potential images and practising a practical process of composition in a real world situation where opportunities for images appear and vanish in a matter of seconds. My first attempt at this exercise was using my DSLR however, I found that the camera drew too much attention and I also felt vulnerable. I therefore decided to return on another day with a smaller less conspicuous and less valuable camera which was a small Canon digital point and shoot “snapper”.
Taken as I entered the market I wanted to capture an image of a variety of shoppers as they came from the street.
As I walked through the market I took pictures as discreetly as possible in order not to be noticed and try to capture natural moments.
When passing this stand with the sunglasses, I thought a picture of the glasses laid out might make a nice image.
This last photo is my favourite and I had a few seconds to spot the subject and compose and shoot before the moment was lost.
Seeing this man texting, I noticed the bag with the heart behind him and the flowers in the foreground that all suggested an amorous text to a girlfriend. However, it was pure luck that his friend chose to look over his shoulder just as I was composing it! Pity I didn’t have my DSLR for a better shot.