more beautiful fish from JJ market + how to talk to people about taking their picture

Today I took more pictures at the JJ pet fish market. I think I’m getting a lot better at talking to people about taking pictures because most people were super super nice when I asked if I could take pictures of their fish. Some of them even invited me inside their shops to take more pictures!

beautiful fish

This fish has a black stripe on the side when young, but when it grows, the stripe splits into markings that look like Chinese characters! Also, some have the big bulbous head and some not. One fish costs about 7000B! (200$) and it comes with a guarantee from the store.

beautiful goldfish

Somehow I love this goldfish “action shot”!

beautiful goldfish

I used to be too shy to talk to people about taking pictures of whatever they were doing or selling, but lately I’ve been practicing to try to improve. I think I’ve arrived at a good style:

1) I start out by saying something nice and then ask if I could take a picture. (Something like “wow, these fish are beautiful, can I take their picture?”)
2) I tell people I won’t use the flash, because I think it upsets the animals and that’s often why people don’t want you taking pictures
3) Then I ask some questions, like for fish I often ask how old do the fish live, how big do they grow, how much do they cost, are they popular with foreign buyers? People have been really excited to tell me, particulary fish breeders because I think it’s kind of a specialist thing so they’re usually really into it.
4) I show people some of the pictures if they’re not too busy and say something nice.
5) Then I say thank you.

Do you feel shy about talking to people about taking their picture?

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