|After reading David DuChemin's Within the Frame (what, you haven't read it yet!?), I was inspired to do two things; travel more, and actually approach people to take their picture.
Since I don't really have the cash-flow to travel the world right now, I figured approaching people would be the better habit to get into. While walking through Ottawa's WestFest last weekend, I came across this wonderful little girl enjoying her strawberry gelato. I couldn't resist! I had to ask her mother if I could take her picture, offering to E-mail her the image after - she said yes and here's the result!
Now, I believe that if I tried to sneak this picture it would not have been as personal, as I feel the girl connects with the camera, plus I probably would have been beaten up for taking pictures of kids. I'm also sure the approval was helped that I'm a parent myself, I don't know if any of you unshaven dudes out there have any luck approaching kids in public to take their pictures... I wouldn't recommend it without the affixed credentials: Baby puke on shoulder, actual BABY in stroller or on the back.
It's like an ID card saying "I'm not a creep!"
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
1/1250 sec | f 2.8
ISO 200 | 64 mm