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Two pictures are better than each one   Leave a comment

I realized that displaying two unrelated images on the same page (even better side by side) could significantly improve each photograph.  This is common knowledge for people who design photo books but there is no better way to learn then to have your own experience.


Orvieto, Italy, March 2011 

Marrakech, Morocco, December 2010

Posted April 14, 2011 by candidstreetphoto in Images

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Fez tannery with 70mm   Leave a comment

Fez tannery is the only place in Morocco where I chose telephoto 70mm instead of the wide angle 21mm. We were escorted to the elevated balcony. Taking pictures from the top is not ideal for candids but using camera’s viewfinder and having freedom to wait for interesting moment was very refreshing after close range of the Fez alleys.

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Ruined image or Artistic expression   10 comments

In the previous post I described some technical challenges for candid photography in Morocco.
I had my own share of missed opportunities due to technical misjudgment or just sloppiness.
Sometimes, I found interesting artistic expression in obviously ruined shots.

When I was taking pictures of doors I used low shutter speed.  I forgot my camera was still on this setting.

Overexposed, blown-out highlights occurred from not adjusting exposure after walking in a deeply shaded narrow street.

I failed to change focus when this man moved towards me.

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Candid street photography in Morocco with Pentax K-5 and 21mm f/3.2

Candid street photography in Morocco with Pentax K-5 and 21mm f/3.2   8 comments

Candid street photography in Morocco is exciting and challenging. In preparation for this trip, I decided to take my new Pentax K-5 with my favorite street photography lens – Pentax 21 mm f/3.2. I picked up a Pentax 70mm f/2.4  in the unlikely case I needed extra reach along with a Pentax K20D for backup. In fact, for most of my pictures I used a K-5 with 21mm, except for the few shots in a Fez tannery with a 70mm.

Morocco is a wonderful country. Unfortunately for photographers, the general attitude towards being photographed is very negative.Street performers and water sellers (nobody buys anything from them any more) are very happy to pose…for a fee. Since I’m only interested in candid photography, I used extreme discretion.

On narrow streets you are almost always close to your subject. Wide angle lenses are probably the only right tools for this situation.  All pictures that involve people are taken without using the viewfinder by shooting from the hip.  I kept the camera in my hand with a wrist strap for assurance.

Portrait oriented pictures are taken with my hand straight down at my right side.

To make the landscape oriented shots I had to raise my hand just below my chest.

Framing is not the only challenge. Bright sun, narrow streets, and covered souks make very high contrast scenes.

In retrospect, I think that my choice of a 21mm lens was ideal for my shooting style, even though I regretted not having a 14mm lens with me. The relatively quiet operation of a Pentax K-5 definitely helps, at least psychologically, for taking candid pictures in close range.

I will be back in Morocco, “Insha’Allah” (God willing).

For more pictures go to Morocco 2010

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