Last Wednesday, after a downtown photowalk with my friend Mike, we had a late dinner at Hopdoddy. Joining a bunch of restaurants in the trendy SoCo area of Austin, Hopdoddy is an upscale burger bar that also serves beer, wine and mix drinks. Even on a week night at 8:30 the place was packed. I had my current camera of choice, the Olympus E-PL1 with the Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens, all warmed up after a night of photowalking. The camera and lens make a fantastic street photography combination that I’m really enjoying right now. As we sat down to enjoy are delicious burgers, Mike and I talked photography, cameras and the challenges of life. He was sporting his new Fujifilm X100 which I eyed with interest.
Everything is a photo opportunity. When you have a daily photoblog, you need to take a lot of photographs, all the time, to have ready material to post. Of course, not all photos make the cut so I need to have extra just in case. But my ultimate goal is not necessarily to fill a blog with images but it is to use the chance to practice my passion and craft. I’m hoping that by shooting all the time, I get to fine tune my brain into seeing better. To find interesting things or try to capture a moment in time. It’s the opportunity to overcome shyness and ask strangers if I can take their photograph. I’m not sure I’m getting better at this but I hope I am. Maybe I’m just annoying the people around me or maybe sometimes, in some rare cases, I might come up with an image that makes me happy and brings some enjoyment to others.
Here are some images that I captured at the restaurant. I’ll leave my outside photowalk images for another post or you will see them mix in to my stream of photos at a future date. It was a good night. The food was fantastic, it was wonderful to catchup with a good friend and I enjoyed training my brain to see. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a chance to record the mundane, daily life around you because it’s not only the special events that make a photo opportunity. Everything is a photo opportunity.