When I show up at a beach to take pictures I approach from the road as though I'm hunting for images. Well, maybe that's a little over dramatic. Let's just say I'm looking for a shot as soon as I get out of the car. So as I walk on to the beach I might see something like this and quickly snap a photo.
Placing anonymous people in the image adds a point of interest for consideration. It's a simple trick that causes our brains to project ourselves into the scene. Of course scenes don't always need people but in general should at least one thing of interest like a bird, or tree or boat, anything really. The point is certain objects have a way of telling story in a picture, and it seems that people tell some of the best stories, just by being present in a picture.
When I place people in landscape images I do so anonymously. I do it with stealth so as not to disturb people in their own world. If someone sees me with the camera I'll walk away so as not to ruin the moment that they may be having.
So to be as unobtrusive as possible I try to make sure my camera settings are ready. If not I could be fumbling around for a couple of minutes. In this case I saw the scene, snapped a picture and moved on. And in this case I managed to captured the moment without harming my prey in any way. :-)
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