Fear and Proximity 

  
This is a friend of mine. She didn’t notice me as I arrived at her bus stop and I already had my camera so I thought I’d get a candid shot. 

I got in closer than normal, without sticking the lens right in her face. I also shot with the sigma 30mm f2.8 instead of my usual Pany 20mm f1.7. I prefer the framing of the 30mm and the ability to stand further back, but I often feel that it’s not wide enough for classic street photography.  

But the main reason I got in close it that I wasn’t afraid of the reaction I’d get. I knew if my subject noticed me she would be pleased not irritated.  It makes me wonder what type of shots I’d get if I overcame a fear of negative responses. 

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