March 12, 2009

tetchy \TECH-ee\,

Peevish; testy; irritable.

Today's word was a bit of a tough one. Short of cutting someone off in the car and turning around to capture their mean looks and rude hand gestures, I wasn't sure how I would portray someone's irritability. Luckily, the people of Raleigh are already angry when you stop them on the street to take a photo, so it worked out in my favor (this time).

Joking aside, people were actually pretty receptive to me today. I think the ratio of Nos to Yeses was probably about two to one, which is a winning record. Usually people are less than ecstatic to see me wandering up to them, lugging a big camera with a bright yellow tie for a strap.

(Why does #6 look like he's smiling? Way to ruin the effect.)

But today's subjects were very nice - one even asked if I would take his picture for him - so that made the whole thing a lot easier.

Gear (and today's post will pretty much exhaust this section)
Today I shot with my very favorite lens: it's a Tokina 12-24 f/4, which means it's really wide and picks up a bit of distortion towards the corners. It's tough to stop using it once you've started, just because it allows for a little more fun in composition. Definitely not the best portrait lens in terms of photojournalism or the like, but it worked alright for today.

As always, if you have a good shot for tetchy, send it to me in an email.

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