For my lunchtime walk I needed to do two things. The first was to prove that I was capable of walking through the town centre without stopping at the bakery to buy a Cornish pasty (they are rather nice). I’m pleased to say that I passed that test.
I walked down through the town centre to the end of the Haslar Marina Pier Wall. I turned round and started walking back. This was when the second test came in to play. I set the phone up on the osmo 5, and I walked back I through town with it. Now the thing was, I didn’t film the whole walk. I was partly learning how to use the device (it’s really easy to switch between video and photo) but the main purposes was to gauge how people react to me walking through the town centre with a phone being held in a position where it was clear that I could have been filming.
I was watching people. By far the bulk off them just completely ignored me, anybody else just gave me a slightly curious look, but nobody challenged me. I was though prepared for that, and hoped that I wouldn’t have been recording at the time. Even if I had, I would have responded to the challenge by explaining what I was doing and why, and of course offer to delete the video.
To me this was a crucial “fear conquering” step that I really needed to do. It was also a very useful exercise in doing street photography. Can’t really get much more obvious than what I was doing.
I’ll comment briefly on the busker in the video clip. He’s really quite good. He can sing and play the guitar. My regret is that I had nothing in my pocket in to his tin. I’ll try to correct that.