i love spy photos. shot at the hip. i love being able to estimate distance and focus by the depth of field scale. as much as i think i know what i'm going to get ... you just don't know. it's not like digital. i like that "one take" kinda thing that goes on with film. especially film shot thru a rangefinder. personally, i don't think one can acheive this with ANY other camera system or format.
whilst waiting for my doppio. i noticed this really cool like coming in from the setting sun. for some reason starbucks always have this sun effect. the one in my neighborhood does. this one happens to be in los feliz -- those that don't know ... it's just one of the best neighborhoods in los angeles. chill. cool. hip. with not that bad of parking.
when waiting for my espresso. my afternoon espresso. not the evening one. i looked over. and in those few seconds ... i new that my iso and film were at 400 which meant that i would have to shoot tight with all that light. f/11. conversely i knew i wouldn't necesarily need a really fast shutter speed. so ... i put it at 1/125th. when i looked at the scene i was looking at the medians ... the guy all the way frame left as opposed to the highlight which would be the dude center right.
luckily, i pulled it off.
it helps to know EXACTLY where your 35mm is framed.
Beautiful. I found myself trying to size these individuals up; figure out what they're reading, what they're drinking, where they are going next. Reminds me of "Magnolia" or a Guy Richie film where everyone's lives overlap and they might have been completely oblivious to the whole thing.
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It's funny: I just assumed the shot was in Europe until I read your description. I'm from L.A., and it didn't look LA-ish. But I haven't been there for awhile. Too crowded for my purposes. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. And thanks for all the tech. info. It helps.
1) You say you prefer the non-digital for shots like this. What do you think a digital would do for this scene?
2) What's a "doppio"? A drink? There is no Starbucks where I live, but that's a good thing.
3) When you do "spy" photos, is there never any worry about getting permission and using release forms? Thanks, again.
i love l.a. i love the crowds. the crowds are one of the interesting parts of europe.
1) couldn't have been made with a large dslr as i would have been spotted.
2) a doppio is a double espressso.
3) why would i need release forms? they're not being used for anything commercial. i'm not submitting them to my stock agent. also, they're made in an area designed for public egress and ingress.
I now live in the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky. Thanks for answering all my questions. So the camera you used was smaller than a digital slr. You could have used a small digital non-slr. Would you get a similar quality? I'm really intrigued by that shot. An ethereal quality to it. The floor to the left looks like it's raised, but I guess it's just the shadow. As far as release forms go, isn't there a chance that you change your mind and decide to publish or sell the photo?
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