Jan 112013
 

This series depicts a shoe shiner taking a break in Rosario and is an example of the shooting “from the hip” technique. From the hip because I aimed without looking at either the LCD screen or viewfinder of my Leica X1. Indeed, I absolutely wanted candid shots from this man and neared within one meter of him. To get the shots, I let my arm hang along my leg and aimed towards him (he did not notice my camera at any point). The main difficulty of such shots is usually to keep a straight horizon line and compose well (your hips ain’t no eyes, are they ?). Also, I opted to shoot at F2.8 in manual focus which added distance estimation to the challenge due to the resulting thin depth of field. All in all, the only parameter I had some control on was timing since I coud see the man’s expressions from above.

Finally, I don’t enjoy taking “sneaky” pictures such as these yet it would have been impossible to get a candid if I had kneeled in front of him. I would probably have gotten the horizon line straight, yet the man would have either smiled or shouted at me. Less interesting in my opinion.

 (For better viewing, click on the first picture and go through the slideshow)

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What is your opinion, which picture do your prefer in this digital contact sheet ? (and feel free to explain why in the comments section)

Shoe shiner

Nov 222012
 

This second “digital contact sheet” illustrates the spirit of the chase in street photography. As I was shooting by San Marco Plaza in Venice, a boat captain suddenly rushed past me. I immediately thought it would be a great picture opportunity, especially since there were gondolas in the background. Here started the chase for a couple of minutes. I did find it quite challenging to get a good composition due to the various planes and levels in the background. Unsatisfied, I finally walked to the captain and asked if I could take a portrait.

(For better viewing, click on the first picture and go through the slideshow)

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What is your opinion, which picture would you select out of this digital contact sheet ? (and feel free to explain why in the comments section)

chasing captain

Nov 062012
 

“Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography…”

            Description of the amazing Magnum Contact Sheets book by Amazon

With that in mind, I thought I would share one of my “digital contact sheets”. All the pictures were taken this morning in Geneva over a 10-minutes time-lapse when I stumbled on Santa Claus (apparently not so happy to get back to work for the Holiday season).

(For better viewing, click on the first picture and go through the slideshow)

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Since the goal of a contact sheets was ultimately to choose the picture(s) to be printed, I’ll leave the role of the editor to you. (and feel free to explain your choice in the comments section)

santa is back