At a local Asian food market, I couldn't help but snap this photo.
As I walk down the street, I will often shoot from the hip--estimating exposure, focus, and composition--when I see something interesting and don't have time to put camera to eye. Often, the shot is not exactly what I wanted, but sometimes everything falls into place.
In this case, I saw this young fellow playing around in the window of a mattress store as I walked up Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. I was able to make two shots before everything changed, and this one struck a chord with me. I really liked the effect the window provided with the combination of reflections and transparency.
When I saw this scene with the bricks, the doors, and the glass block windows, I just knew I had to get a photo. The overcast day provided perfect diffused light for the scene, and I couldn't have been happier.
To learn more about my why I am so excited to begin my second straight Project 365 (a year of making a photo a day, every day) please take a moment to check out my post from December 30, 2009 entitled Lots O' Learning and Pictures.
The grocery story is always an interesting place for photos, but I'm far too self-conscious to casually use a big DSLR in a store. But the camera on the iPhone is a nifty little tool for capturing those slice of life moments. Here, it's more like "slice of lunch meat" moments.
Polarize (faux Polaroid filter) applied.