I found myself in the Pike Street Market area of Seattle a couple weeks ago for work. After I finished up with what I was there for, I grabbed my camera and wandered around the market a little. I have been to the market many times, and I really wasn’t doing anything more than grabbing a few snapshots as I was enjoying everything that the market has to offer.
I have said many times that people should not discount the value of a snapshot, sometimes they become some of the most important images you can take, they can capture the emotion of a moment.
This little snapshot that I made that day doesn’t fit into that category, but it does represent something that I wanted to mention in a post. Even if you are taking simple snapshots, do yourself the favor of paying attention to the basic “rules” of composition. Many people would simply aim there camera at this iconic landmark and centered it right in the frame, they are taking a picture of a sign afterall, but if they did that, they might have missed that seagull that is flying straight towards them. To me, this simple snapshot is changed by the simple addition of another element in what would have otherwise been negative space on the right side of the frame. When I raised my camera to my eye to capture this, I didn’t know that the gull would be there, but if I hadn’t tried to compose the shot the way I did, I certainly would have missed him.