I think about a lot of stuff about when I’m going to photograph somebody or something.
Lens selection, the ISO, exposure settings, camera angle, light – they’re all part of the thought process.
And there’s sometimes another consideration – where do I park?
It’s not good to have your car in the photo so I always try to park such that my car doesn’t appear in any photos.
Sometimes, however, it just doesn’t work out because I may misjudge what areas will be included in the photo or my planned camera angle changes.
Occasionally there’s no chance to consider where to park. This usually happens when I’m out driving around, looking for photos. I see a photo happening and I can’t waste time finding a parking spot guaranteed to be out of the field of view.
Today was a good example. It snowed a couple of inches overnight so I knew I would need a weather picture early in the day to update our website.
Driving through a neighborhood in west Yakima I saw a guy starting to shovel the snow from his walk. I knew he wouldn’t be shoveling long (it’s not a long walk) so I pulled over as soon as I saw him and went over to make the photos.
My first photo did not include my car:
But as I moved with the subject my car came into view in the background:
Luckily, my car is a dark color and doesn’t present a big distraction in the photo.
Car parking – something they don’t teach in photojournalism classes.