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Timing Is Everything, Shoot with Your Gut

One of the things I like most about photography is the thrill of the chase. There is always that one moment or scene that you are trying to catch. Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don't. But when you do, and you are able to capture it, there is no better feeling as a photographer. Last week I was in South Beach, Miami and had the opportunity to do some street shooting. SoBe, short for South Beach, is world famous for its classic art deco architecture. What I love most about street photography is that the subject matter is always changing. You can look at the same space in the matter of a few seconds and it can change in an instant. Case in point is the series of photos below.  The bus captured in this photo was traveling about 35mph and was out of the frame as quickly as it was in it. The advertisement on the bus added just the bit of interest to what would have otherwise been a very boring photo.  Lesson learned: Be aware. Anticipate. Shoot with your gut.