The random shot

The advantage for us – amateurs, hobbyists and enthusiasts – over those who engage in photography as a means of income is that we can afford to take random pictures which do not need to be professional-looking. Okay, though we strive to capture and create pictures worthy to be printed in top quality photographic paper, framed and displayed on a wall for all the world to see, that is not a primary consideration. For most of us, sharing a picture online for the viewing pleasure of our friends and peers is enough. We need not produce visual masterpieces all the time; we are not compelled to.


The above picture is of the atrium of the Mall of Asia in Metro Manila. As the name suggests, it is said to be the biggest commercial complex this side of the world and yesterday was the first time for me to go inside this cavernous structure. As it was a Sunday, the place was filled with people enjoying their weekend time. It was around early afternoon when I went down an escalator and looked up to see this massive ceiling of glass and steel. In the rush of people and the 10 seconds it took to ride the escalator I pulled out my point and shoot cam and took a couple of random shots, no time for thinking and composing and how the shot will come out. At that moment I was dependent on Auto Mode which, if you have read many of my previous posts, is an option I do not totally count on. But Auto Mode is an ally you can turn to in certain situations where you can not properly set up gear or go around to find certain angles or perspectives. I have done many random shots and some of them are keepers, such as the above. Most, however, go straight to the trash bin. The photo may not be the most satisfying of my captures but I can live with that, rather than leave the place with no capture at all. Have a great week ahead my friends!


7 responses

  1. still an interesting abstract.I took a photo of a moose suckling its young-all blurred -wonder if I should have gone for the “auto” shot-although the flash would have definitely driven them away.Who knows…

    April 29, 2013 at 4:39 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Jane! Some blurred shots (especially the blur on certain parts of a moving subject) are keepers. They suggest motion or movement, which is a creative way to present such subject. Well each to his own capture for a particular situation. There are just times that in the rush of things, we take pictures that are not thought out but still come out presentable just the same. Have a great week!

      April 29, 2013 at 4:55 am

  2. A nice architecture shot and especially from a random shot.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

    • Junsjazz

      Much thanks YellowCable!

      April 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  3. I very much like this shot…I wonder if there was anything you would have/could have done differently if you had the opportunity to plan… probably nothing as you were on an escalator?

    April 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Hello Heather! If I had the chance to set up my shot I would have captured this vertically/portrait orientation to emphasize the long pillars from ground to ceiling, that would have been a more dramatic perspective. Thanks always for coming by. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

      April 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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