If you follow Gray Duck with regularity, you know I love pretty pictures. And I love taking pretty pictures – at least trying to. I think there is something magical about photography. The lights, shadows, and shapes that make up the world are captured, stored, and viewable anytime you please on a tiny digital card (or negative). Magic.
Anyway. Over the years I have worked to improve my “life capturing” skills, and while I’m not the best at it, I’m not the worst at it either. That’s because, with time and consistent practice, it’s natural to get better at whatever you are doing. But, recently I realized I’m not taking any chances. I’m just practicing the same skills over and over. And while knowing what you are doing is part of what makes photography enjoyable, there is an element of fun in taking risks, too.
Sometimes, to learn new things, you need to throw yourself out into the deep end and see if you can swim. For me, night time photography is something I have always wanted to learn how to do. This past weekend, I decided to jump into the deep end. I took the opportunity to head out to the European Christmas Market in downtown Saint Paul to try my hand at some after dark street photography. Here are a few of my best shots:
I didn’t really have a plan. I just grabbed my camera, adjusted some of the settings and did my best to blend into the background. I do have to say, after I got over my concern of being noticed (I probably only had three of all the people I photographed notice me), I was able to really get lost in what I was doing. I had a lot of fun. And, in all honesty, I’m kinda proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone, because sometimes, you just have to go out and do it.