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Madison, the streets were - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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Madison, the streets were

Madison, the streets were closed

Today was an exercise in full-manual, shoot from the hip photography. I pre-focused, set aperture and shutter and went on my way. I was, also, shooting at the classic 35mm reportage distance as I’ve never done that before.

    I learned a few things from the day:</p>
  1. I still really love street and it will always invigorate me.
  2. Pre-focusing is actually easier than I thought.
  3. Shooting from the hip is fun and a good skill to cultivate (the shot above was from the hip).
  4. 35mm is prefect. Perfect.
  5. My camera is LOUD.



Madison, the streets were fried

Madison, the streets were statuesque

Madison, the streets were purple

Madison, the streets reconstructed

Madison, the streets were stripped

Madison, the streets BEER

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dylsexia From: dylsexia Date: November 28th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the second one. Great moment!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 29th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That one required waiting for some feet when I found the fries. :)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: November 29th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pre-focusing is actually easier than I thought.
As long as your eyes are sharp enough to guesstimate distance and you're willing to not fire at wide, it's excellent. I have fun with it, provided it doesn't involve me trying to catch spontaneous things.

Shooting from the hip is fun and a good skill to cultivate (the shot above was from the hip).
This is why I encourage people to use a folding liveview screen from time to time. The different perspectives can do *wonders*.

My camera is LOUD.
Whereas my new camera is like a churchmouse.

That aside, I have been tempted to build a sound blimp for the other camera, although you kind of lose spontaneity when your noisy shutter is compensated by carrying a honking huge black suitcase.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 29th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sound blimp?
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: November 29th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
When you really REALLY want that shot but it has to be done under total to near silence.

There are companies that sell them too, of course, but the prices for those blimps are prohibitively expensive and are just as bulky and cumbersome as these DIY builds. Still, these are the sort of devices you use if you're shooting while on a set or in a concert where noise is at a minimum.

Adorama was also selling a cloth one that reviewers are stating are half-baked: it'll muffle sound, just not as much as a fully-enclosed unit.
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