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_DSC9097This shot was taken in a setting where I was a part of the group; however, the shot itself was not a welcome one to the participants nor was it posed. I was drawn to the shapes of the two women as they concentrated on their jig saw puzzle, one they had been working on for several days.

I crept across the room from them and pretended to be messing about with my camera bag. Once they weren’t paying attention, I set up my camera and took up a couple of trial shots to determine the ISO. It had to be set high – 800 – to compensate for the relative darkness of the room and the contrast with outside light. I shot at f/4.5, 33m and s1/60. I was traveling in New Zealand and had only brought one lens, my Tameron 18-270. Although it is as flexible travel lens, I would have been happier with my 50mm for photographing people. For this shot,  I made do. After the next shot, the women noticed me and threw a pillow in my direction, thus ending the session.


About idaswears

I left the U.S. for Cornwall 4 years ago. Since then I have spent my time writing, walking and studying the English. It's not always easy being a Yank in Cornwall, but it's always fun and rewarding.
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