I’ve written before about the importance of going out there to find photos. They don’t come to you. Another important factor in capturing interesting images is blind luck. This week I took my camera to work. Bearing in mind this is a Canon 7D (and I happened to pick the 24-105 lens for its flexibility) this is a bulky thing to carry around on commuter trains. But there was the annual motor expo on in Canary Wharf – a time when makers of expensive sports cars try to get rich bankers to hand over some of their bonus for a new toy – so there were lots of photo opportunities.
My favourite shot was this one of the rear end of a Maclaren Formula One car – looks like a monster’s face, no?
But the luck bit of my story happened later, when I got to my station at London Bridge. I had a few minutes to wait before my next train and started snapping at things (I have lost any self consciousness about standing around in a suit taking photographs). By chance I was standing on a pedestrian bridge over the main road outside the station and started taking photos of cyclists when I noticed that a taxi started doing an illegal u-turn in front of a cyclist and nearly knocking her off her bike. The scene only unfolded after I had taken the first photo in the sequence so I had no idea what was going to happen.
As I said, blind luck! Fortunately for the cyclist there was no harm done (otherwise my photos could have been useful in the court case!!)