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?

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