Very rarely would I not have my camera, and today was no exception. Enjoying a day with blue skies and no rain, I wandered along Southbank with my camera, or a couple of them (!), and I was not disappointed.
At the Southbank Centre, a couple stood kissing under a boat on top of the roof of the Centre. The image just begged to be taken. I had intended to take all of my photos on my fisheye camera, but this photo didn’t fit. I was very glad to have my point and shoot digital camera.
I managed to get my camera out quickly enough to get a photo. Often when taking photos of people, they often move before you have a chance to capture the moment. Luckily for me, the couple were in no hurry to leave and continued to kiss and were seemingly blissfully unaware of the world around them.
While I tend to prefer buildings, and black and white, I also really like capturing moments like this when life unfolds in front of you. Capturing ‘a moment’, or even, ‘the moment’ is wonderful for a photographer.
However, having the boat above the couple makes the image a bit more interesting, if not rather eccentric. The couple may not have consciously decided to kiss under the boat, but I consciously chose to position them. As a photographer, I had some control over what to photograph and how to frame the subject.
Having an awareness what you are taking and your environment can really make a photo. Ensuring the photo is straight and in focus is basic. Knowing what looks right as well as good can really make the photo interesting.