Monday, October 24, 2016
Breaking the Photo Rules at a Festival
Keeping it simple, is one of the first rules of composition, for the photographer.
Eliminate all distractions in the background and, isolate the subject, is the ideal way to go.
Off to the left, there's a few thousand people, being entertained by a popular band.
I may have walked a couple of miles, shooting this festival from every possible angle.
It was warm and humid, with only a slight breeze blowing. Time to take a break.
Up under a white festival tent, I turned off the camera and lit up a cigarette.
Smoke from charcoal grills and the smell of sweetened soy sauce, disguise my sweaty smell.
I'm standing directly in front of a blaring loud speaker but, it doesn't phase me.
Out of the crowds, no one comes bumping into the tripod and, I can relax.
Everyone's been offering me booze and beer but, I won't drink when I'm working.
Out of my back pocket, comes a bottle of tea, I had bought earlier; it's warm now but, wet.
The guy in the fancy, black and white shirt, started dancing and chanting.
He stands out in a crowd. Put the tea away and, do some more shooting, I figured.
First, get rid of the cigarette. I pinch the hot tip off and, stomp the fire out.
The butt, goes in my pocket and if, I remember it will go in the trash, later.
They have some strict rules in Japan for smoking; don't walk around with lit smokes.
It is said, a smoker carries the fire at the same level as a child's eyes.
Why don't parents just, tell the kids, not to poke their eyes into people's lit cigarettes ?
I try to be a law abiding citizen. Only the wife gets angry, when the butts get in the laundry.
See, I don't burn little kids eyes and, my smokes don't wind up in the ocean.
Once the camera gets downloaded, I notice other things in this scene.
Everybody seems to be enjoying the act on stage or, the guy dancing with his black towel.
Look closely at the crowd. Just the gals in the lower left are doing something different.
Well, I noticed, they had an iPhone and, were doing some research on it.
There's a matsuri going on and, it seems like they are unaware. What could they be doing ?
Maybe, discussing the health benefits of prune juice, rather than stool softeners ?