Two children running were on the ground floor of the Tate Modern Gallery in London. It's so difficult for photographers to take photographs of children these days, especially being male. However, a long telephoto lens and taking this 'grab shot' of two kids playong 'chase' from a gallery above was all I needed for this. I had spotted the children coming down the lower gallery from some distance away and just had the chance to take the photograph whilst they were in a couple of light areas from a distant window.
I was hoping to take portraits of individuals (serruptiously as I hate approachig people I don't know, holding a camera and asking if I can take thieir photograph) but this was a wholly unexpected opportunity and it was a rush to get my camera out and set up for very gloomy conditions - I was fortunate to get anything at all. It rarely comes off taking photographs of people looking down from above and when they are running , you need a fast shutter speed. The lens I was using wasn't ideal but my 'standard' lens now is an f 2.8 24 - 70mm Nikkor lens. I could do with a f 2.8 70 - 200mm lens but at £1500 or so for the Nikon VR11 fitting a camera with an FX sensor, it's a big outlay and I would welcome other's views on what they would recommend to use as a lens that you can walk around with all day.
I heavily cropped the image to remove a large area of blank space and digitally manipulated the image in Photoshop, using mainle the RAW converter. I also gave the final image a 'treak' using the Lith ograph effect of Topaz by Nik software.
|Camera:||Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||24.0-120.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||23 Jul 2009 - 12:56 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Metering Mode:||Center-weighted average|
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