this is one of my favorite photos. however, it does not seem to be a fan favorite. occasionally a viewer at one of the art shows will scrutinize the image and understand what it is. but, i think most people glance at it and move on pretty quickly. in the photography workshop i took in santa fe, i was challenged to take five photos of a subject. whatever has caught my eye, i should study it from five different perspectives. chances are, the first photo will not be the best photo. taking the time to slow down, breathe, consider, move the camera around and move my body to experience the subject in a new way is key to getting the right shot. it is difficult to remember this tactic, when something shiny or quirky has caught my attention. my trusty canon is always in my bag and with me. so, my instinct is to reach for my camera or my phone and snap a quick photo and move on. but, my instructor, brandon, was right. taking just a few extra moments to really consider the scene is crucial. first photo is usually at the height of my eyes, right? not always the best angle for viewing. shots two and three could be from a lower perspective or maybe just off-center. by the fourth or fifth click, i have stepped back, contemplated the additional textures and objects in the direct vicinity of the subject. it is safe to assume i have found a more interesting way to capture the subject and the composition of the final few photos is more compelling. this photo, taken in tlaqupaque, is a perfect example. directly above this sidewalk was a canopy of colorful umbrellas. the natural instinct is to shoot the brightly hued umbrellas against the skyscape or the storefronts, painted in complementary colors. in a rare moment with light foot traffic, i noticed the shadows of the umbrellas that were cast on the pedestrian walkway. i took several photos from the opposite side and then decided to cross the walk, as the eight-pronged shadow was what had caught my eye. i had a better chance of framing it properly from the far side of the walkway. propped up against a short post, i specifically waited for the right moment. a break in traffic followed by impending shoppers and tourists gives some clarity to the photo. the inclusion of their flip flops and sneakered feet, informs your mind that it is a walkway with shadows from above. if someone has taken the time to study this image, they will eventually see my octagonally-spiked fixation. it always makes my day when a potential buyer comments on it.