Sometimes, when practicing candid or street photography, I aim my point-and-shoot directly behind me and snap away, having absolutely no idea what my camera has captured. Typically, I end up discarding 90-100% of these shots.
This one, taken at Stockton and Market on Friday at 1:21 p.m., looked a little interesting.
But too dark. So I changed the exposure in iPhoto and lightened it.
A slight improvement, but it seems we’ll have to return to the era of 1950s black-and-white. So I returned to the original and performed a straightforward conversion.
Again, too dark, but at least black-and-white proved a good idea. So a bit more fiddling around and fooling around in iPhoto yielded this result:
Funny–I did not take a picture, I photographed potential. True, a photograph that someone like Garry Winogrand would have dismissed as mediocre at best had he taken it, but mediocre Winogrand represents a huge improvement over my usual work. “la la la,” for all its flaws, captures the discomfort, stress and tension of Black Friday shopping; that girl is most definitely not smiling, and look at how her arm is uncomfortably pulled backward by the man (probably her father) who holds her hand presumably to keep her safe.
Incidentally, I had at first created three versions of this picture, but added a fourth after blundering into something called The One Four Challenge. If you like to study both photography and how artists edit their work, the webpage is well worth a visit.
Vonn Scott Bair