Saturday, 5 February 2011

Does it matter how I shot it?

A number of the photographs I took in Manchester were taken with my compact Ricoh camera at my side, set to silent shutter, operating the shutter with my thumb, with a wide focal length and a preset shutter speed of 1/125th second.  Not all of them worked successfully, of course; several need a bit of manipulation to make them ‘presentable’; and there were no ‘stars’, as I said in the last post.  As far as I could tell, this was the only way I was genuinely going to get close-in candid shots of the sort of ‘moments’ I wanted without making the subject aware, which would defeat the point of the shot in the first place.  However, I have sensed some ‘disapproval’ f this methodology and, interestingly, when I put the pictures up on Flickr, someone asked whether the one of the guy in a blue jacket with a walking stick was a ‘hip shot’, which also made me feel a bit sensitive about the methods I’d used.
So, I posted a question amongst fellow students in the Flickr Group to canvas opinion.  The discussion is here 
I’m not entirely sure how much this has helped.  In the context of this course, it is important to show that I can handle a variety of methods to get the results I’m looking for.  I need to do more work with the DSLR, of that I’m quite sure, but I should probably stop beating myself up over the ones that I took surreptitiously.  Think of Walker Evans with his camera under his coat on the NY Metro!  Don’t think I want to go that far, but if I can get decent quality shots this particular way as part of my work, then I don’t see that it matters.

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