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Old 02-01-2005, 04:42 PM
maciekda maciekda is offline
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Default Telephoto Is For Cowards

I am not going to insult anybody here with the title, it is not mine...
I have just read a very interesting article about street photography and using telephoto lenses - Telephoto Is For Cowards... It starts with a sentence by Frank Capa - "If your photographs aren't good enough, you aren't close enough". There are some nice hints how to take pictures of strangers on the street and why not to use telephoto lenses on the street.

read and think it over...
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Old 02-01-2005, 05:12 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

Yeah...I'm with you Maciek!

Throw your telephoto to the bin (or send it to me if it's a Canon L lens, I'll throw it in a bin for you) it's time to get your 21mm out, people!

I especially like page #5 (If I remember correctly) about moments of life and not shooting someone freezing int the frame : reading that carefully and applying it consciously could make anyone improve a lot his own photography.

Cheers
Luko
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

very nice link maciej :)
the 4th page reminds me of luko keeps saying hehe
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:17 PM
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Darren, Maciek is calling your name :D.
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

Hehe.

I have read this before. Peterri posts at dpreview.com in the Canon lens forum quite often. He is a good writer and often says things to stir the pot. I don't necessarily disagree with what he says. His forum posts at dprview are great, both on photography and on politics.

If you notice, I have been using shorter lenses much more often as of late. ;)
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:52 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

Cheers for the link Maciej!
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:50 PM
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Great Maciek. Besides, Petteri is a great writer and has very good advise on several topics about photography. Check one of his last "lessons" about "how to add grain in digital images"....(it works GREAT!).
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Old 02-03-2005, 04:20 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

This reminds me of that time we were shooting together in Delhi's Paharganj area and you kept telling me to get closer to the subject. :) Will agree a telephoto is not for true street photography. Thanks for the link.
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:42 PM
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Default one of the best contributions to this forum Maciej

I did enjoy a lot reading it
seems I have TOO MUCH to learn
Finally I realize it,
thanks for the link

it is really useful

K.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:05 PM
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Default Re: Telephoto Is For Cowards

A short telephoto/long prime (85-105mm) has its place on the street but overall I concur with the line in the argument, though I do find 'portraits' of completely anonymous people interesting and hardly irrelevant for two reasons: 1) you can capture and study a whole world of human expressions and emotions and 2), when they realise what you're doing, you get to study your own impact on people.

That little bit of compression can so wonderfully connect two elements within a scene when physical distance would otherwise make their relationship obscure. But as a substitute for actually being close enough, it just doesn't work. At the very least, I need to say this to justify my imminent purchase of a 180mm prime (though I don't intend for it to be used on the street-- more for stage/concert work and as a nice piece of man-jewelry.)
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