Every year, since my childhood, on the first Saturday of October. My hometown closes the streets and makes preparations for the biggest day of the year…The Apple Festival.
The Apple Festival is a single day festival that features crafts, artisans, food, music, fun & games. The typically quiet streets come alive with spectators, performers, and the tempting scents of a variety of good eats.
Lately, I have been very interested in street photography. However, I have the same fear as many aspiring street photographers…and that is…the fear of someone being upset over having their photo taken. But, in a festival setting…it just feels safer. The streets are so crowded and people are so distracted that know one really notices, or cares, if a stranger is pointing a camera at them.
Now, don’t get the wrong idea, I certainly didn’t wade into the crowd just clicking away and pointing my camera at every interesting person I saw. In reality, I was still cautious and selective about where or who I pointed my camera at.
Many times I either flat out missed opportunities or simply hesitated and the moment was gone. But, the more I pressed the shutter release the more confident I felt and the more fun I had.
Below are few images from that outing. Honestly, I realize that they’re a bit amateurish, but, I wouldn’t expect anything better based on my experience. I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the act of attempting street photography. I plan to try again soon.
As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoyed them.
– Mike L.