One important point throughout the course was that we were asked not to delete any pictures we had taken (here again, I admit that I did not fully respect this rule). Eric even expected us not to look at our LCD so the printed picture would come as a total surprise the next day. The goal doing that was not to delete potentially good pictures on a first impression. And while we reviewed each day’s shoot, I was amazed to see the number of shots that were judged interesting even though its author thought it was a complete failure. So unless you are limited in storage capacity, a very good advice is not to delete your pictures on the fly. They might end up as gems or an essential piece of your reportage. For those of you that are located in France, the latest edition of « Réponses Photo » (September 2010) has a full article by the course instructor Eric Bouvet on reportage editing, definitely a worthwhile read.
The shot below was taken at sunrise in the fishermen’s harbour. At first, I almost deleted it since I did not like so much the expression of the girl. Nevertheless, it made the final editing, not only because of the special light but also its signification. Indeed, who in France has not gotten up very early on a nice vacations day to buy bread (and croissants) for breakfast ? In the end, a good picture to illustrate life on the Littoral in Summer with that special early morning light. (click on pictures to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter
The second picture also made the final cut, yet I almost delete it as I wasn’t too happy about the composition. Nevertheless, it proved to be a great step in my series to depict the slow decrease of light over a full day. The bars, the terraces of a touristic town and a girl waiting for someone, … this is also life in the littoral.
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO200