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“Don’t mess with us” seems to be what the body language of these three traffic cops is saying.

This was taken on the north-western outskirts of Tehran. I am not sure if these cops spoke English – I just pointed to my camera to see if they would mind me taking a photograph of them (nobody in their right mind tries to take photographs of policemen or soldiers without asking permission) and the boss cop in the middle just shrugged his shoulders which I took as a positive response. The other two didn’t seem to be the slightest bit interested in me.

I checked the result in the camera monitor and was aghast to see that it was grossly underexposed. I had forgotten that I still had the camera set on shutter priority at 1/800 (I had been using that for shooting from a moving vehicle earlier in brighter light) and even at f3.5 it was much too dark. I wasn’t sure whether I would be pushing my luck to ask for another photograph, but I beckoned to the camera again, and this time all three took up a pose beside their Mercedes pursuit car, so I shot another frame – this time with fill flash.

The second shot came out fine, but looked too posed and didn’t have the body language of the first shot, so I decided to post the first shot (this one) after doing some work in Photoshop and NeatImage to rescue it. The PP has resulted in some technical degradation, but despite its lesser technical quality, I still like this composition better than the second shot (which I have posted in the workshop for comparison).

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