Re: [OM] New Blood - RX10 IV

Subject: Re: [OM] New Blood - RX10 IV
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 18:18:48 -0500
I especially like the kid shots.  Unfortunately, my great-grandkids know I always have a camera somewhere.  Hard to catch them unaware.

On 3/10/20 5:57 PM, Moose wrote:
On 3/10/2020 12:19 PM, Philippe wrote:
Whatever the gear , IMHO, if you have to struggle, this gear is not meant for your intents, whatever they are, and whatever the gear, or process.

Ah well, my experience differs. I think, for example, that the time I spent getting to really know all the relevant functions of my GX9 bodies really paid off in photos I'd otherwise not have been able to make last year.

I DO believe in communion between the photog and their gear.

As do I. Which is why I did a lot of shooting with Panny GX bodies BEFORE taking them to Bhutan, Seattle, Utah, New England and Ireland. And why I'm shooting a lot with the RX10 before the trip to NYC - that now may not happen. :-(

Primarily, I’d focus on the connection between subject and photog, OF COURSE.

Not so much so, for me. I just extracted most of the photos with people in them, excluding costumed dancers, etc., already processed and put in galleries from our two trips to Bhutan. That's 167 photos. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/nYFUhSEctiYaTzK39>

Of those, 22 had subjects that certainly knew I was photographing them, and often were posing. There are several others where it would be easy to think the subjects were aware of me, but remember, many were shot at 800 mm eq. They had no idea I could get such close-ups, or even that I was shooting aimed specifically at them.

That's 13% Lets say a couple of people more were aware I was shooting them, for 15%. The rest, many of which I think are fabulous, are candids.

A couple of examples:

I know L.Dorje fairly well, but even if I didn't, I think this candid, before he saw me, waved and smiled, is a far more interesting portrait <https://photos.app.goo.gl/ywfELJcRrhHRVvC86>

than this <https://photos.app.goo.gl/9CrvyeVp6yWUEXLCA>

Here's one of the old folks at "day care" in a temple shows the public face the temple depends on for donations. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/qjWPbjTA8UVLdvYq7>

BTW, he doesn't know I'm shooting, but is posing for another of our group.

Here's what he looks like when unaware he's being photographed. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/StFB9TmkMZaS9m6X9>

A more telling picture of what being in day care and one of those on display may feel like. They are well fed and cared for, but no longer relevant in the way they were when younger. (The adjacent day care for kids is wonderful; gotta process some pix.)

So, no, I'm not, and don't aspire to be, a people photographer like Tina. OTOH, I think it's possible to get great people shots by specifically NOT making a connection with the subject(s) that often say more about them than the other way. Different, not better or worse, IMO.

Could I, or you, or Tina get these shot of kids by connecting with them?

One <https://photos.app.goo.gl/yUY1Qyfjeq79CA7i8>

Two <https://photos.app.goo.gl/xz2TsFECn5TTEUhDA>

Three <https://photos.app.goo.gl/uLc1Xe5m2VNVzukv8>

There are lots more . . .

Even that moment when a person realizes what's happening, and before more than facial reaction, can be pretty fine. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/1GutF2NJFgCuppbEA>

But gear is so irrelevant that it comes second, third or next, sometimes last, depending ...

Again, yeah sort of. But it has to be gear that I know how to use properly and that has the specific capabilities I want. Both my E-M5 IIs and GX9s do Focus Bracketing, which is really important to me.

Shots like this, and the framed shots of Dahlias in our house don't happen otherwise. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/VgaSnCbEg9uqKbYC8>

OTOH, this shot doesn't happen with the Olys I had. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/MGyBT5VJDQ4rbEQ47>

A lot of the above photos may or may be impressive to any individual. But they are important to me, so gear that allows me to make them is also important.

I DO agree than gear should "disappear" when in use.

Whatever this means after all

Sure I Don't Know Moose

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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