Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] DAS Week 17
From: Dante Stella <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 15:23:27 -0400 (EDT)

Ted, as you probably surmised, the girl is just a supporting compositional
element, not the subject.  Anytime I take people shots, they usually suck
up at least 2/3 of the frame.  Looking at the print I have here, I can
pretty confidently say that she wouldn't have been the subject on the best
of days...

There is kind of a weird story behind this; I was waiting on some friends
who were late (they actually arrived during the exposure), and I was
watching this massive space.  I was idly seeing if I could take the shot
and noticed four people coming up the side aisles at the same time.  So I
took it.  It was a 1 second exposure propped on some fixture that was
sticking up out of the ground.  This whole thing came out of boredom and a
need to be distracted from the New Tate's nosebleeding 0% humidity that

The fact that she was in a state of nervous paralysis may have just been


On Sun, 20 Jul 2003, Ted Grant wrote:

> Dante Stella
> Subject: DAS Week 17
>  > Third in a row... sit this one out.
> > > Nervous in the New Tate
> > >
> > > How does it look?<<<<
> Dante,
> Sorry mate I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be lookig at here? The girl in
> the middle not moving whom you may have posed or you got lucky catching her
> because she stopped to look at something.
> What I do like is the "motion capture" of the others because essentially
> it's a photo of movement. And if that's what you were illustrating then
> disregard all below.
> If it's the gal? Read on!
> But considering your previous excellent picture offerings, do you really
> consider this to be one of your all-time best of ten photographs?  And if
> not, why is it here mon ami as it just pulls your previous photographs down.
> Now that's my opinion, however others will speak more eloquently. ;-)
> However, if it's the motion capture it's not a bad shot. :-)
> Sorry you know me when you ask. :-)
> ted
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