We recently spent a few days in one of my favorite seaside towns, Southport, NC. Southport is a charming community located in the extreme southeast corner of North Carolina. The town has a lot of history and has appeared in many television and film productions. We try to visit every spring. The town is not heavily commercialized at all and therefore, retains its charm as a sleepy, but welcoming, seaside town.
While there we strolled around The Southport Spring Festival which features arts & crafts from regional artisans. That’s where I spotted this gentleman on the bench, I assume he is waiting on the missus to finish exploring the festival while he sits patiently and observes.
Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike
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.