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Marshal

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« on: September 19, 2005, 01:41:51 PM »

Very cool!     

Perfect timing, but was it a little too perfect? Did you have a tour guide/interpreter ask the boy to pose that way or was it an actual captured moment? I hope you don't feel insulted, but I'm  always amazed by the perfect timing of some photographers and wonder if all photos are because of that timing, anticipating a photo based on what they see about to happen or setting up a shot.

For years people thought Robert Doisneau's "The Kiss" was an actual, photojournalistically captured moment, but he later revealed to someone that the couple were models he had hired to pose.

I'm typically too slow on the trigger to capture these moments. I shoot in too slow and plodding a way requiring too much time to get set up and compose. Kinda like 4X5 guys.  :D By the time I'm ready, the moment's long gone.  So I can always appreciate those who can capture fleeting moments. Landscapes I can do if I have enough time to see the opp, position the tripod, get the bubble level in the camera hotshoe just right, zoom in or out, adjust exposure, and shoot, sometimes bracketing a bit, and chimping. Although I've always shot with a 35mm SLR or similar DSLR, I'm more plodding and pedantic like an LF photog.

I would love to be able to capture moments like those in under 2 minutes and have it not look sloppy with the composition or other element.  I'm admittedly envious of those who can.  Good job!
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2005, 02:05:58 PM »

I was walking though some narrow lanes on the Greek island of Santorini, fascinated by the stark geometry of the whitewashed houses. The blue banister caught my eye and I framed it. I took one frame.

At that moment the kid in the red t-shirt ran right past me. I took two frames in rapid succession. The first had him at an awkward position and the second is the one you see, just cropped slightly at the bottom and side for balance. I also cloned out the shoulder of someone sitting in the doorway to simplify the composition.

Here are the three frames...



The first one hasn't been colour corrected in Camera Raw, that's why it looks slightly different than the second two.

This was just one of those times that I just got lucky.

Definition of luck= preparedness in the face of opportunity.

Michael

Ps: The times shown are off by 7 hours, as I had forgotten to set the camera's clock. These were actually taken at about noon, local time.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2005, 04:54:51 AM »

Once again, good job! Thanks for the info. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2005, 08:36:13 AM »

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The times shown are off by 7 hours, as I had forgotten to set the camera's clock. These were actually taken at about noon, local time.

I finally set my cameras' clocks to GMT, so I can be uniformly confused regardless of geographic location.

I like the image for its simplicity, balance, and use of color--even if serendipity gave an assist.
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