Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/25

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Subject: [Leica] RE: [Leica] picking pockets with an M
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 13:10:46 -0500

There is always the tried and true method of photographing your subject,
then, looking right past him/her as if they were suddenly in the way of
your shot and accepting, with good spirit, their apology for being in the
great shots ofHCB. 
Ned Learned

- -- Original Message --

>To me it is two different techniques for two different types of photography.
>When a photographer is being paid to document an event, I agree that keeping
>the camera to one's face is a good technique.  But on the street where
>purpose is not nearly so clear, the "quick draw" technique works well.
>Even HCB appears to have kept the camera to his eye more when he was in
>more photojournalist type mode, per these shots of him in action during
>NYC parade:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: B. D. Colen []
>Subject: RE: [Leica] picking pockets with an M
>Bob - To further muddy the waters here, one thing that I have found - and
>don' think this applies to street shooting - is that there are times when
>the thing to do IS leave the camera glued to your face. If I am spending
>day with a family, or any subject, and just sit in a corner watching someone
>through the viewfinder, I think the camera becomes part of my faces as
>as the subject is concerned: it is quickly forgotten. What draws attention
>is often the snapping the camera up and down - the motion draws the
>subject's eyes.
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