Archive for août 17th, 2010

The Littoral Series II : On engagement – Pétanque at Beauduc

mardi, août 17th, 2010

(reportage course feedback – continues from previous post)

On the first shoot, we were basically dropped on a remote beach occupied by campers and their caravans in a hippie type of  atmosphere. The first obvious difference between reportage and street photography came to my mind as in Paris, I usually spot a scene, smile, shoot, smile and go away unless the subject wants to interact with me (in a positive or negative manner). On a beach, this behaviour would be perceived as voyeurism, so one needed to engage with the  subjects and ask for permission. So this is what I did with the group of sympathetic petanque players that illustrates this post. After a quick introduction and few jokes, I was free to take all the pictures I wanted and even got to share their aperitives.  I took around 15 pictures of the scene over 45 minutes, trying mainly to catch movement and find ways to integrate various players in my frame. People tend forget about you after a while when they are busy, but one needs to engage first and be accepted.

Here are the shots that stood out (click on pictures to enlarge):

1) A man’s arm shadow can be seen in the sand as well as he just threw the ball. Graphically interesting yet the smile did not integrate in the final editing. Rejected.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

2) This girl gets ready to throw her ball. Her expression was puzzling and the composition creative. Tough call but rejected.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter 

3) The point of focus on the beers enjoyed by the players on this hot day. Because of its sense of movement in the background, the selective focus, strong colors and underlying message. This picture made the final cut.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/4000, ND filter