One of my first photographs from Morocco, and unfortunately one that set how the locals took to my camera.
At almost every hint of me picking up my camera to take a photo of someone, Im either met with a 'no photo!' or the person turning their head. Ive since learnt that shooting from the chest would be the most successful way of getting the images I want in a discrete manner.
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BennyV (19703) 2008-02-20 14:43
If people don't want to be photographed (and put on a website), it's their right and I believe we should respect this.
Stolen shots are just not an option. 'Shooting from the chest'(!) will only make it more difficult for photographers who do take their time to establish some kind of trust.
You probably won't agree, but for me this is about respect.
snsk (796) 2008-02-20 14:56
i totaly agree with Benny :-)
robiuk (10807) 2008-02-20 16:51
Oh, I'm so sorry, Brendan... but I know what you
mean as I had the same experience in Tunisia (that's
why most of my pics taken there were from the hip).
I think they get quite offended, and with the reason,
if you just appear there in front of them and snap
one, without first showing interest in what they are,
what they do, etc. (you know what I mean - 'breaking
the ice'). After doing that, most of them agree with
you taking a snap or two of them.
I wouldn't agree with Benny about taking 'off hip'
snaps (unless it's the case the subject is looking
towards you and intercepts your intention).
Anyway & anyhow, I like this shot because of its honesty
and your explaining how the shot was made is another
thing I appreciate.
scalerman (26900) 2008-02-20 23:17
Brendan: splendid though you were rebuffed, obviously. Actually, it makes the shot. You know, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs from time to time. Also, pointing the other direction and turning quickly for a snap sometimes works. regards, c - fine stuff.
michiels (4170) 2008-02-21 2:12
watch out that you don't get a pancake around your ears ;DD very dangerous !!! or that the right-standing woman will sit on you :D
anyway, it's a great catch and i love the "spontanity" !!
greetings and be carefull :) , inn
yanseiler (20) 2008-02-21 5:21
Hi Brendan, yes hard sometimes... Anyway this one works well, by saying that she was not happy, she indeed welcomed you with a nice expression which is quite different from the other lady on the right, like it...
RandomCameraGuy (3071) 2008-02-21 15:59
Sorry to hear about the photo probs dude, that's always a tough one. The best bet in these circumstances is to hang out for awhile til they loosen up to ya.
This pic is ok, composition is good, there is interaction between you the martabak maker, and the other woman to the food--but it doesnt flow as nicely as it could. Plus her displeasure with your taking the pic makes it a bit uncomfortably you know?
Anyways man, I haven't logged in here for awhile, what's new on the TE front? I barely know anyone here anymore!
Dpbours (222) 2008-02-24 0:54
I have heard that much more often from people going to Morocco. And if taken a picture, it'll surely cost money.
That attitude would really start annoying me after a while. Since from what I was told, it's more that they want to get something for it then that it actually is about privacy.
A friend of mine was taking pictures of a goat in a tree. In a minute he was surrounded by the entire village who wanted to see money for the picture. Well, of the money they asdked, you could easily buy a goat :-).
It's a pity, since stories like that make me first choose other countries to go to - though Morocco has enough to offer!
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-02-25 16:06
hope you are fine and you anjoy your european trip!
the image is good, well balanced and composed..
the expressions are not too happy...
wampus (282) 2008-03-03 5:42
hey,next time try a smile it works better,when the language is a barrier