One Handed Mamba

One Handed Mamba

Sometimes you just want to play around with the camera and have fun, right? I think sometimes that is when a good accident occurs and the photo effect is more interesting than a clean image of the same moment.

In low light conditions the conventional school of thought is to use a tripod and long exposure time, with perhaps a flash or other controlled lighting depending on what you want. I did not have that equipment with me but wanted to shoot away nonetheless.

I was shooting at ISO 400, and like 200, to me is always vivid especially in low light. The shots were hand-held. I knew movement would be captured and the result would be a fun surprise. In my opinion, this is one way you can capture shots that take a creative license and explore the dynamics of the still image.

I titled this “One Handed Mamba” because the bowler here is wearing a splint on his other arm and he nicknamed himself that. He also easily outscored me that night but this photo, along with a few others, made all the gutter balls worth it.

Headbanger

Headbanger

“One of the best things to do when you’re in Venice is to get lost.”

A fellow traveler mentioned this to me when I visited Italy four years ago. Now this wasn’t shot in Venice. This is downtown Portland, Oregon. Nonetheless, the idea is the same. Take a walk through your city or town with your camera and deliberately get lost.

By the way, this musician rocked!