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May 27, 2010
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/83 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 30, 2010, 5:16:35 AM
EF50mm f/1.4 USM
barista by spyed barista by spyed
blue bottle coffee company in san francisco.

More human condition than street, but I really loved this photo for a variety of reasons. There are things about it that could be improved, and so I would love critique from any street photographers out there.

this was about 3 months ago.. which was actually a life time ago for me. i've been meaning to post it since. but, I generally haven't had much motivation to post.

I've got a theory about creativity which I think is interesting. I had a lot of motivation to take photos when I took this one, and I was in a remarkably negative state. I had just gotten out of a long relationship and the funk of that was just all over me. So creativity was a wonderful outlet.

Since then I haven't had motivation to create art work/take photos. even though I used to carry my camera around all the time before lately I haven't been.

And I believe that is because I am moving from a negative to a positive state and have not yet settled.

When I took this photo and even now, I love it.. probably because to me there is a lot of information here not only about this photo but also about the emotional state I was in and comparing and contrasting where I was then and where I am now is deeply satisfying... for me the central character here is for whatever reason an icon to me, a summary of this moment in my life. so it's a very personal photo. but I do think it's nice to look at in general.

Anyway my theory is, I find that quality inspiration is derived through changing emotional state. positive to negative, negative to positive. and I also think that if one is stuck in a positive or negative state of mind, that their creativity is hindered and reduced to dabbling with time. perhaps one in a stable positive mindset or negative mindset is just skill building, repeating familiar patterns and getting better at them. but true deviation, creation, invention, inspiration, creativity is formed as one transitions from a positive state to a negative state or negative to positive. that's where the good stuff comes from.

lastly I think that the actual release of this inspiration in the form of actual creativity occurs once there is stability. so once you first arrive to a negative state, or once you first arrive to a positive state you find yourself actually producing and releasing.

so, maybe if you are sad in your life, or happy in your life, or unsure in your life.. think about this outline and this theory... maybe it will help you to know that creativity is on its way.. or if you're blocked, maybe you need to toss things around in your life to spark a change in order to produce inspiration.

what do you think?
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One of the most important elements of these sorts of images is that you get a central focus (the barista), and you single him/her/it out from the background. This you did well. You Nobody else is looking at the camera, there is little to detract from the focus of the photo, being the barista. Your technique for grabbing these sorts of shots can be improved though, through a few things. The biggest one is depth of field. You have a depth-of-field effect here, but it's not as dramatic a contrast as it could be. I would say that the background is too much in-focus. Another thing that is fun, if you can get a model to stand very still, would be to use a much longer exposure so that everything that moves around the focal point is blurred, so the focus is more easily distinguishable from the background. Granted, in a lot of street photos you don't have the luxury of having "models".
All in all, it's a great step back into your creative flow. Keep working at it.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Photographer
MT-000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
and yes i agree. If you're stuck in your life, like a stone in the middle of the river, you prevent creativity from flowing.
MT-000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
"hey renee there's a weird guy taking photos of us "
Siberiade Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
haahhaaah great!!!
Lily-Melody Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
You are so right.
I really needed to learn that, it was fantastic to read.
Thank you.
animeluver97 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
awesome. hes like " why is this person taking my photo 0.o "
1LoveDrew Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Meeh... that is deep man, very deep. Those comments, they went through to me, and honestly, I was afraid that I was the only one who thought that.

Though I couldn't help but notice that there is someone looking at the camera.
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Something about shooting into shops and cafes, you look in and people are just going about their business, you raise the camera and snap off a shot. You always seem to find one person has seen you and they are caught expressionless, almost stunned like a rabbit in the headlights. That one person feels so isolated as though they are the only one who woke up and realised someone was about imortalise them in single picture. Simply wonderful.
Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a nice capture of the moment- a capture of different moments and emotions in other peoples lives. Well shot :)
disneyfreak98 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
I love how everyone else is involved in a normal day, like that one guy in the back paying and then there's just someone, I don't know, seeming out of place. Like he's not supposed to be there.
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