One of the places we went as a class while studying with Sam Abell last weekend was the train station in Los Angeles.
It is a remarkable building with many beautiful details and on a quiet day I expect I would be in my element there, taking photos of a lot of architectural details.
But it wasn’t quiet and I really did not enjoy photographing in or near the station.
There were too many people, waves and waves of them breaking on the shores of the building and its platforms.
And I could not figure out how to resolve some clarity out of the chaos.
Until, that is, the end of the day when I was about to join fellow students for a drink and this woman walked by surprisingly well separated from everyone else.
I had not formally composed this shot, though I had looked quite carefully at the scene while I talked to some people, just not through the view finder.
Sam teaches that one should not chase the rabbit, but let it come to your shot.
In this case I did not follow that suggestion and tracked her across the floor, taking three pictures before this one resolved itself.
Had the shot been more carefully composed I might have timed the shutter release with the glass framed in the dark square a half step further along.
Probably the woman’s legs would have been in a more interesting pose too and that likely would have been a better shot, but I can live with this one!
I am not sure what all the lessons are, since this is my best shot from the several hours in the station and is the last one I took before sitting down and turning the camera off.
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