Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] sneak thief photographers!
From: "David Medley" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 09:07:27 -0800

- -Original Message-----
From: Michael Garmisa <>

>I would like to hear some the the ways fellow luggers "make themselves


This is as much of a mental game as anything. Your attitude and the way you
deal with those around you makes you blend into your surroundings.

Know your equipment - inside and out.

Take a genuine interest in what is happening around you.

Don't take everything you own, in a big bag and expect to be ignored. One
body and a fast 35 mm lens is all you will need. There is an intimacy with
your subject when using a short focal length lens that will never show when
using a longer lens. And, that intimacy manifests itself in your attitude
and how you interact with your subjects.

......and practice. Go out and do it on a regular basis.

If you know a teacher, ask to spend a morning in the classroom. No one will
be more interested in who and what you are than a classroom full of 12 year
old kids. After a short time, if you are tuned in to the pulse of the class,
you will find that you can work freely among these kids and they don't even
know that you are around. It is a great confidence builder.

Remember, the best accessory that you can possibly buy for you camera is

David Medley
Whidbey Is.   WA