The Golden Man At Golden Hour

The Golden Man of Ocean City Performing on the Boardwalk

One of the fun things to see as you walk along the boardwalk in Ocean City are the different performers. Maybe it is the fact that I don’t like crowds so I want to stop and see what everyone is doing. It might also be the fact that I think they all are great to photograph. Nobody is as good as the golden man though. On our first night in town he was performing just down from our condo in some beautiful golden light. I knew that this was my chance to make an interesting photo of him. I have made shots at high noon at at blue hour, but he had never been on this side of the street with the light in his face before. This was a great chance to make an interesting photo with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Working the Photo

I made three photos in all on the scene that night. The first is the photo directly above. I went in tight to capture the face of the golden man as he performs his trick. If you wait around long enough he will repeat things that he does. By hanging around a bit I was able to capture the same trick from three different focal lengths. I worked my way all the way out to the ultra wide shot that leads off the post. Once I saw the shadows that looked like they were creeping up on him I knew that wide was the way to go. I go back and forth on which one that I like the best, but that is why you make multiple shots on the scene. Think about which one you like better later.

The Canon 24-105mm Lens

This is the third trip that I have made to Ocean City with the Canon 24-105mm lens on my camera. It really is the perfect walk around lens while traveling. Without switching lenses I was able to make photos at 24mm, 35mm, and 75mm. I could have gone even closer if I wanted to. I have other lenses I like to walk around with, but the 24-105mm is on my camera 95% of most road trips I go on. I still have the version I of the lens. I need to upgrade to see what the version II has to offer.


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