Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
I Could Watch People Work all Day!
Yesterday, I was out with another photographer near the border, looking to shoot some samples for a photographic workshop I am giving. We came across a farrier, and a boy whom I assumed to be his son, shoeing a horse near Hollister Street.
It made a really nice subject, so we stopped to take some pictures. I enjoy taking photographs of people working. They aren't stopping to pose for the camera and are too busy to pay attention, so you can get some interesting shots. I took a lot of shots and was happy with quite a few of them. I posted one here for you to see.
The boy is wearing boots and spurs, which added to the interest of the pictures.
This isn't a good example of a lot of the shooting position I generally use for subjects like this, but I liked the action here. When photographing work like this I want to get as low as possible and shoot upwards. This is because usually the worker is looking down and I want to look up at them to capture their face. Also, shooting upwards has a more dramatic effect. Lastly, shooting upwards puts the work in the same shot as the subjects face and makes it look much closer to them. It really brings the shot alive in my opinion.
Below is a picture I took of Escondido glass artist Paula Josef using this low shooting angle: