Urban Dog Sled

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This photograph is why I like the Ricoh GR so much. Walking to the subway this morning, head down, thinking about the trip I was about to take, I had almost no warning of this highly unusual scene approaching at a very fast clip. The Ricoh has a setting for snap shooting where the camera is already programmed to take a picture at a certain focal range. Thanks to that setting, I was able to take the camera out of its pouch and fire off one shot before this skateboard dog sledder dude went hurtling past me.

Skateboard Dude

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The harsh sunlight and his dark clothing contributed to my decision to make a silhouette out of this shot. It was a shoot from the hip grab shot. The shutter clicked at exactly the right time. For this kind of shooting I just set the camera to program and the ASA to 1600 and let the software do its magic.

Skateboard Guy Practicing

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It never ceases to amaze me why these guys don’t break every bone in their body. This dude was showing off in front of the library steps. The trick he was practicing involved some sort of mid-air twisting of his board ending with him landing on it going backwards. He wasn’t having much success but at least he hadn’t broken anything by the time I left.

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