I recently put this image on Flickr, and I got some favourable responses, and because I haven’t blogged in a few days I thought I should put it here as well 🙂
I was sitting in the vehicle waiting for my wife to finish up in a Supermarket on Regent Street, I was reading on my phone (at this time it was “The Witching Hour” by Anne Rice), and in my peripheral vision I say some movement in the distance. Yes, it’s a busy street, but I’m sure you get my point.
His name is probably not Compton, but amidst the multitude of things adorning his attire is a name-tag proclaiming him to be Compton. He is a colourful character, and you seldom see past the spectrum of colours, the purposeful stride and the “insane” air about him.
I hurriedly put the phone down, reached into the back-seat for the camera, and quickly composed and clicked to get my shot. I had to wait two seconds while the camera took the shot since I had forgotten to reset the timer from the previous night, so he is two seconds out-of-focus.
15 thoughts on “Compton”
A very “interesting” photo, Michael. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Bob, I forgot to mention I also shot it through my windscreen 🙂
I can just imagine you spotting him out of the corner of your eye, the frantically reaching for the camera and finally, fuming (and loosing some colourful language) while waiting on the 2 second timer :). Worth it though.
Fairly accurate Nik 🙂
I kick myself mentally every time I forget to reset the camera settings.
wow. i only wish i could view it full-size to see all of the details in there! nice capture, michael
Thanks Joe, just tell me where to send it 🙂
I love the unexpected peripheral vision photos. That’s when you are glad you had your camera with you, I’m sure! He’s interesting and I bet he’s full of color too! Nice capture.
Thanks Martina, although I try to always have it with me, there are those times when it’s not there 🙂
I too, bet he’s a colourful character! Glad you had your camera with you, great capture!
Thanks David, I may do a cropped colour version, lots of people are asking about it.
Yeah, definitely one worth shooting despite the everyday frustrations and impediments. Might be worth reprocessing it with exaggerated contrast and see if that brings him further from the background? (then on the other hand, the soft greys help make the focus look deliberate!).
Thanks Sarah, I’ve moved away from processing photos three/four different ways, I always like all of the results 🙂 but maybe I’ll try it just for those nice comments 🙂
I’ve gotten into the habit of checking my camera settings every time before I go out, for just this reason 🙂
He does look like an interesting character!
Thanks JP, I have to develop a similar habit 🙂
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