The Seattle Seahawks were playing for a wild card playoff spot against the New Orleans Saints. I figured downtown Seattle would be a nightmare. So I left the quiet solitude of Tulalip and headed to the madhouse.
Before hitting the pavement of Seattle, I stopped by the Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard. The sunset had a ton of potential with puffy clouds over head. As I headed through the mayhem of I-5 and onto Market Street, a front moving from the west began to obscure the setting sun. Bummer.
I stopped by the marina and headed to the fishing pier in hopes of getting my “Foto della Dia” with a person. That is my New Year’s Resolution after all. My photo of the day must have a person.
But since I’m not a mad scientist with a weather machine, I just packed up and headed towards downtown. Traffic was unusually light as the Seahawks continued to score against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints.
Parking was a breeze. Right behind the market I found a primo spot. And I only had to put in $1.00 into the meter. Cheap.
I decided to go with only one body with my wide-angle attached. Carried an extra battery, my flash, and colored gels to balance the color.
I know the lights at the market are either fluorescent or tungsten. So balancing my flash (5600°K) with light that ranges from 2800 to 3400°K is imperative. It makes everything easy when you’re in post.
When I photograph people with a wide-angle lens, I believe you get more intimate portraits. Especially when you are relaxed and unobtrusive. Your subject relaxes and begins to let you into their world.
That’s how I shoot. Preferably, up close and personal. Adding intimacy in the photo by being close and capturing candid moments. And I don’t like using a telephoto as I believe it is more intrusive than being close with a wide-angle.
As I perused the veggies and fruits at the market, I also noticed many of the shop owners and their helpers sporting Seahawks jerseys, caps, and jackets. Cool. Two birds with one stone.
So I stayed in the market and shot photos of buyers, sellers, and buskers. Fun times. And something to build my stock portfolio. Also, it’s a small project I’m working on: The Market. That’s just a working title.
It’s about the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market. And the cool thing is, the more I go there, the more the people know me and relax. Therefore, I get more intimate photos of the participants.
While talking to Jodi Culton of Manzo Bros. Fruit & Produce, I felt a spark electricity the market today which carried over into my photographs. Sellers and buyers were extra jovial and chatty.
There was a stark contrast to when I was here the other night. It was dark and somber. Perhaps today’s Seahawks win created an electrifying atmosphere and everyone was in an exceptionally happy mood.