Freerunner. Fira, Santorini. Nikon D90

Freerunner. Fira, Santorini. Nikon D90

People ask me how to improve their photography, particularly street photography and spontaneous people shots.  They ask how do I take such great shots?  What is the key to taking striking images?

As with any skill, it takes some study time, some practice and it takes alertness.  A famous adage for taking great pictures is to ‘use f11 ….and be there’! Its a sarcastic answer because many people think that if they just set their camera to  f11, they’ll take a great shot when in reality, the great shot comes from not sitting on your couch and wishing you could take great pictures – you actually have to go out and get the great shot. Lots of times the picture ends up being a poor exposure or might have a blur or in this case, a flare from shooting into the sun.  So using f11 would never have gotten the perfect exposure. Had I fiddled around to expose perfectly, I’d have missed the shot.  What really makes this a great picture is – I was there.

That’s how I got this shot.  Not by using  f11, but rather, by being there and alert for what was going on around me.  I had my camera set on AUTO so that I could quickly follow the freerunners who were doing trial runs for the Red Bull Art of Motion competition. Athletes were jumping, flipping and scaling up walls all around me so I was panning and zooming all over the place, snapping pictures like crazy.

I had been trying to perfectly time a fella doing a flip off of a roof to the walkway below when I guess this fella decided that I needed to take his picture instead.  He jumped down right in front of me and held this pose for about 3 seconds, just long enough for me to compose the image in the viewfinder and shoot.

How do you get a great shot?  Be there!

Red Bull – Art of Motion

About Wayne to the Max

Active writer, dancer, traveler, Christian and father, aviation enthusiast, photographer, music lover and a DJ, hiker, Harley driver and fine wine drinker. My digital photo artist page:
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