Be Ready

Usually when you hit the streets with your camera you’re purposefully ready. Your camera is on, it’s set to or close to the settings you need and you’re on the hunt for a scene. Other times you’re just out and about and you happen to have your camera with you. This image is a mix of the two. I had met up with a good friend of mine for coffee and catch up time, then we decided to walk down to Pioneer Square to see if there was any photographic action.

En route to the general area, we came across this scene at one of our Benson Bubblers. I was not actively looking for a shot, but definitely recognized there was one here. In all of about 2 seconds I flipped the camera on as I raised it to my face and made this shot. I particularly like how the dog is looking in, as well the man on the left is looking in to the scene. These young men were presumably adventurers (wanderers, perhaps homeless) who were there to get their water bottles filled up for the day ahead.

‘Eff Love’ by Ryan Katsanes

‘Eff Love’ by Ryan Katsanes

Had I not known my camera well, bonded with it in such a way that photographers do that you don’t have to think much about settings, I might have missed this opportunity. I can honestly say this shot was made instinctually, they aren’t always, but when they are you know it and you know you got something good. It’s a lesson we all learn eventually. The sooner we do the better, so we can be out there blending into the street and making great shots.