Glorious Day In Laguna Beach At The BoardwalkDo you know what GDPR is? If you are a photographer or anyone planing a trip to Europe you had better get familiar with the new privacy regulations that went into effect May 25.

Here is a short essay on GDPR and how it will effect, maybe, photographers.

And here is a more detailed look at GDPR.  The author is not a lawyer and you and me both aren’t lawyers so any interpretation of this giant law can only add to your confusion. I do recommend you follow his advice or maybe not.

After reading the essay I have doubts about even bothering to travel to Paris. I have plenty of time to see how GDPR plays out in Europe. But currently I would say NUTS with them. I will go to Washington D.C. and New York.

The picture at the top of this post might not be possible under the GDPR regs. At least not without written permission from the couple.

Nothing is firm. I really don’t know what I will do.


Photo Challenge: Unlikely

Glorious Day In Laguna Beach At The Boardwalk
Street photography is all about the Unlikely. Either you’re ready for it or the unlikely passes you by. This means you always have the camera ready, in your hands with the finger in the shutter release.

Good street photographers are always ready for the unlikely. It’s that or go home and shoot the furniture.

So here is my contribution to the unlikely. The young woman spotted me at the exact time I spotted her. He, on the other hand (Pun intended.) was focused on her. I had just an instant to get the photo.

Looks like I did.

How unlikely is that.

About the photo: It was taken on January 21, 2016 which was Women’s Day and women were demonstrating all across America. This was after the event in Laguna Beach, CA. The couple was relaxing at Main Beach on the boardwalk. Always a great place for the Unlikely.

For more of the Photo Challenge: Unlikely click here.

Photo Challenge: Story

Is It One Or Many Pictures

My favorite kind of photograph, though, is one that tells a story. A single image can encompass what would otherwise require a long written narrative — the characters, the setting, even the plot. — Jen H.

I’m quoting our moderator here because telling stories with your photo IS what photography is all about. Portrait photographers certainly do. Wedding photographers would go broke if they couldn’t tell stories. Even landscape photographers should strive to tell a story with their work.

So for me the highest complement someone can say about one of my photos is: “That’s a nice story.”

Can’t get any better than that.

The photo was taken during the Christmas at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach. I think Christmas season is told by the Poinsettias.  You have a group looking at art. You have the group photo in the sleigh.  And the stranger passing through. And it’s all from ONE photo. No montage. No Photoshop tricks. I was walking past and took the picture with the woman taking the group photo as my target not realizing what else was in the photo.

For more of the Photo Challenge: Story.