While I was standing around in the jardin, talking with a couple of my classmates/new friends, Willie and Karen, I noticed, first, the arrival of an older Mexican gentleman moving very slowly, deliberately with a cane. I took a shot from the waist. A few moments later, he made it where he wanted to sit down.
I continued my conversation with Willie and Karen, had another look in that direction, and there were two. I hadn’t seen the arrival of the other man, but when I saw them together, talking, smoking, and just passing time, I knew that I had to have that shot. I tried a couple shots of them from the waist, but the viewing angle of the lens was a bit too small to capture them fully with out really looking. I didn’t want to put the camera to my eye because that always changes things. People become guarded. If you ask and they say yes, it becomes posed.
Finally, I opened by articulating screen on the back of the camera, which I rarely used, and got some good, well-framed shots.
While I was looking at the shots this morning, I found that I actually liked the shots that show only the heads. These are the ones shot from the waist without framing.
Also, I decided to do a bit of desaturation, which, in my opinion, gave the photos a bit of a weathered look, matching my perception of these gentleman. This is a small bit unusual for me because I tend to move the slider to right, rather than to the left.
It was a good evening. Lots of fun, conversations, and sights to see. I find that I’m not taking a lot of pictures, but am observing more, giving a bit of thought to the photos.