tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4
Warm and beautiful shot...I love the framing of the people spinning around their heads and how each girl is looking in a different direction, off in her own thoughful world.
these kids are strangers. i was about 4 feet away with a super wide lens, from the hip. they didn't even know i shot the picture. sometimes things just work out. i really looove this shot i don't mind saying.
Matt, I tried shooting-from-the-hip and it didn't work for me. I'm envious :) I love this picture.
Tell us how you do these people pictures, please (especially with a big black camera like the 10D). When I point at my relatives, they freeze up- let alone shooting strangers. All the shots look natural and relaxed. Do you approach them ahead of time or just shoot & shoot?
Mark: i fixed your typo :)
as for how i shoot people, hmm. there is a lot i could say about that. basically i just hang around, moving in and out of crowds, relaxed and looking around, doing my thing and taking photos a lot. no one is really sure when you're actually taking a picture or not, especially if you spend some time obviously looking through the lens and moving it around in a blatant way like you're "just testing" or something :) you just have to be comfortable doing it. it's what you do, you are a photographer and this is how pictures get taken. i like to be obvious about it, because that creates an honest dynamic between me and the people around me, and dispels any notion that i am sneaky. sometimes you catch their eye and that's good, or sometimes they have no idea and that's good too. i had a young girl come up to me yesterday at the amusement park and say "hey what are you doing that for? are you just a photographer or something?". i quietly nodded at her as if to say "yes, shhhh" and she said "oh ok cool" and walked off... hehe it was cute :)
This is my favorite to date -- and I love the story above too. =)
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