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Bruce Gilden Magnum Photos

By petach  
Bruce Gilden of Magnum Photos fame, doing his stuff.....still pounding the streets at 65yrs old in his unique ambush style. Armed with a Leica compact and off camera flsh, comes in close and......pow. Job done, move on, nothing to see here!

I bumped into him at Oxford Circus Sunday 18/Dec/11. Took 3 of him at work, this isthe best of the bunch.

I like the movement in the shot, suggests an immediacy.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Andysnapper 7 109 25 England
19 Dec 2011 6:35AM
Well spotted and captured. Definitely has a sense of movement and ambush, although the guy with the fag looks as though he might not be the safest of targets.

Andy

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LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2011 7:20AM
You have captured the intensity if his ambush expression really well.
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3349 Canada
19 Dec 2011 2:57PM
I like it too, it works. The expressions of the smoker and the photographer are what make it for me



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paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 2:06PM
Afraid I go the other way. It is difficult to tell what is going on as the camera in the guys hand is a blur and difficult to make out. It almost looks like he is physically attacking the other chap. I think I might have preferred colour for this even though it is street photography, and the focal point appears to be well back in the frame - the bus looks quite sharp.

Paul
petach 5 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 8:23AM

Quote:Afraid I go the other way. It is difficult to tell what is going on as the camera in the guys hand is a blur and difficult to make out. It almost looks like he is physically attacking the other chap. I think I might have preferred colour for this even though it is street photography, and the focal point appears to be well back in the frame - the bus looks quite sharp.

Paul



Hi Paul, interesting what you say re focal point. The picture was taken using "Snap function" set at 2.5 metres. However, I am aware that DOF even at f1.9 can remain pretty sharp for quite some distance beyond the setting..

It is also interesting to see your point of view because I know what is going on, as I took the shot. I knew it was a street photo ambush. I didn't really realise it would be difficut for someone else to make out what was going on..

To be frank, colour didn't do it for me. It just didn't carry the drama at all.

I appreciate your (and the others) input.

Cheers

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