Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The 'Little Green man' didn't work

by Dale Neill

Last night I went walking with my X10 (that's a camera). During the day there had been 100KPH guts, rain and hail. Down along Marine Parade at Traffic light No 324 (yes they do all have numbers) I pressed the button for the Little Green Man. Traffic whizzed by on th wet slick roads. It was almost dark. The wind whistled through the rigging at the Fremantle Sailing Club. No LIttle Green Man.

But the lights were changing for the cars - Red, Amber, Green. As the traffic lights changed colour I noticed them reflecting on the wet back of a parking sign that painted with the blowing rain. Agianst the windswept sky the changing colours kept me amuse while waiting for my Little Green Man.

No matter where you are, what time it is, be observant. Look at the light - its direction, intensity and colour. Then, according to Margaret Bourke-White saturate yourself with your subject and your camera will all but take you by the hand.

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