On the Street in Quito – Six Portraits in 16 Minutes

Quito 031Quito, Ecuador – Yesterday I decided that it was time for another photographic exercise in speed, focusing specifically on candid portraits.

I’ve taken 14,845 photos since my RTW trip began 127 days ago; not nearly enough of those are images of people. I stumbled upon another formal ceremony late yesterday morning at the Plaza de la Independencia, with President Rafael Correa presiding. He always draws a crowd, providing a perfect opportunity and setting to snap some candid portraits.

I wanted to capture a decent cross section of the crowd, but also wanted to shoot and move quickly. The strong harsh light from the sun provided a major challenge, which was fine. Oftentimes there’s simply no choice but to shoot under the midday sun.

Fortunately, unlike this four-and-a-half foot tall woman in Potosi, Bolivia, none of these people punched me in the crotch, although a few probably wanted to.  🙂

Do you have a favorite?

Quito 030 Quito 028 Quito 029 Quito 027 Quito 032

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  1. My favorite is the closeup of the wrinkly, weathered woman contemplating??? It makes me wonder what she is thinking. They are all fantastic, though. It’s hard to decide. What kind of camera do you have?

    1. BobR says

      She was great – I was hoping she’d look directly at me. I’ve got a Canon 60D with a couple lenses, an 18-135 an 70-300.

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    i like #4, the man wearing the naval hat. they’re all great! z

    1. BobR says

      I think that’s probably my favorite of the group, too.

      1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

        His character seemed to come through..there was an essence there that pulled me in as if I knew him. z

  3. thereshegoesxo says

    I like #4 too! Great shots all around tho 🙂

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! 🙂

  4. silvana1989 says

    # 4….. 🙂 Nice pictures

    1. BobR says

      I sense a trend. 🙂

  5. The Wanderlust Gene says

    I’m getting sick of going back and forth! I can’t decide – each has something I like … Surprised you were able to shoot the young guardsman. I’m enjoying y/our trip very much.

  6. Anonymous says

    Number 2 je moj favorit!!!

  7. Anonymous says

    No.: 2 je moj favorit

  8. janalinesmalman says

    Beautiful portrait photos!! Think the 5th one of the old lady is my favourite!

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