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This photo was taken during the 3rd annual “Worldwide Photo Walk”, a social photography event created by Scott Kelby where photographers get together in town, walk, shoot, socialize and have fun.
With a group of other photographers from a club, I participated in the Photo Walk in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unfortunately, heavy rain spoiled our gathering and the event was canceled an hour after we met. We did have the opportunity to visit a local market though before the sky poured on us.
We split in two groups to prevent people from panicking… Imagine yourself sitting in a corner peeling onions when suddenly 40 people point a huge camera (yeah, they were all showing off their L lenses) and start clicking while the multiple flashes turn you to dust… Horrible!
I saw this little kid playing in a corner with his little top. He was very shy and avoided looking at my camera, focusing instead on his little toy.
When photographing strangers in a foreign country, be polite and try to interact with them. Even if you don’t speak the language, stay for a moment to check their product, study their craft. Use sign language and ask permission. If they refuse, don’t push it. Thank them and move on. Act the way you would want a tourist to act when he snaps a photo of you back home.
Are you interested in improving your photography? Would you like to have an honest opinion about your work? I have launched a new feature on Canvas of Light: FREE PHOTO CRITIQUES! Just go to this Photo Critique Page, follow the procedure and I’ll gladly share my knowledge with you and help you improve as much as I can. Enjoy!