Over Pride weekend I participated in an street photography workshop with the extraordinarily talented Emilio Bañuelos of Black Books Ink. We were challenged to choose one camera and one lens, hit the streets and break out of our comfort zone. Doing this workshop was a birthday present to myself to deliberately force away from my usual style and to work towards being a more versatile and confident photographer.
All artists are our own worst critics. Until you go into a critique and other people start giving you constructive feedback. That this point you realize that other people are seeing flaws in your work you missed. Ha! An essential skill all creative people need to learn is to take feedback on what we make – while staying positive and excited about what we’re doing. With that in mind, Emilio, if you read this, know that I am still hearing your voice in my head whenever I compose along the same horizon line!
Here’s a few of my more successful shots from the weekend. I had a great time meeting some very talented photographers and I highly recommend participating in one of Black Book’s workshops if you have the chance.
All photos shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide-Angle Autofocus Lens. Processing done in Lightroom.