Stéphane , stunning Image , cant wait for my 8x10. :-D
Sergei, I've wanted to take some fotos at different events but I worry I will take too long in setting up.
Do you figure your exposure out before approaching them? any suggestions?
[QUOTE=SergeiR;904037]And another quasi-historical one.
Chamonix 45n2, Adox 25, 210mm Caltar N
Well.. It was bright (scorching ) sunny day, so there wasnt really much guesswork on exposure.. This one was with yellow filter to fight shadow contrast, i measured with flashmeter how much it eats (roughly 0.7Ev), and basically just kept sunny 16 in mind, and roamed about. But i did have flashmeter on me at all time, for case of running into funky shadow and stuff.
Generally speaking people do not mind to wait a bit while you setting up (they more suprised "that it still works" (c)), i just didnt take camera down from tripod and lugged it with me for few hours straight (it helps that Chamonix is light and i have light carbon fiber tripod, although rucksack was killing me in the heat at the end of day). But really its about patience and understanding limitations of gear (slow focusing, & etc) and not afraid asking people to do something ("sod off", "look there, please.." "move that arm a bit" "can you hold this pose a bit?" "oy, you, with camera, yes you - go away, you blocking my view.."). I learned through years that it is always easier to talk to people, ask them if its ok to shoot & etc instead of trying to snap something from the hip
Also it helps to wait. There is always first wave of people with "professional gear" and just shutterhappy lot, that you need to just survive, b/c they always will run in front of you and rarely you would hear "oh sorry"... Its super irritating, so to save nerves - just sit calmly for like half hour-hour after opening of whatever event you plan to shoot.. then it calms down and you can walk around and talk to people and shoot them at your leisure..
I will do it.
Normally things happen and I miss my chance. I also sometimes have trouble validating the worth of a foto of someone is just dressed up (not real).
But after seeing your shots, they are really nice. I like the "time" capture quality of your images something I hadn't thought of.
Thank you for the kind words!