The Shy Photographer

Greg Ferry, 46, walking the Fairhaven Trail, Fairhaven, Wash. When asked if he wouldn’t mind me taking his picture, Ferry, said, “I love having my picture taken.” When asked what one thing he could not live without, Ferry lifted up the clear plastic water jug he was holding and said, “Water.” (Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen)

I love taking photographs of people; however, I realized during this project that there was and still is a lot I do not know about the various functions of my Canon Rebel. I will be working more with my camera and learn how to set the shutter speed and aperture individually with no assistance from the automatic exposure adjustment.

David, 61, and Paula, 58, walking along the bridge connecting Boulevard Park, Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday, April 9, 2017. when asked what each could not live without, Paula said, “David.”
David said, “Paula, good people and good things.” (Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen)

It was humbling to realize how shy I really am when it comes to meeting new people. I had to go beyond my reticence in asking a stranger if I could take their picture. After reviewing my photos I realized, belatedly, that I should have varied the angle of my photos more and change the camera settings as well.

Nicolas Roberg, 25, works at Clark Seed and Feed in Bellingham, Wash and was helping me with my purchase on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. When asked what one things he could not do without, Roberg said, “Animals, my furry children.” Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen,


Practicing how to do so quickly, and with the results I am happy with will take time, but it will happen.

About WriterSan

I look for the truth in all things and search for "Perfect Cupcake." (Which I did find once, but my daughter ate it before I could immortalize it in a photo.)
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