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Be Still My Beating Zoom Lens by ash Be Still My Beating Zoom Lens by ash
A girl dancing at the sound system in Talbot Road mentioned in this pic over ... here [link]

The astute and the cynical might suggest that the fact that I chose to photograph her, out of say, a hundred random strangers within sight, is not unrelated to the fact that she's rather cute :D (Big Grin)

She noticed me level my 28-90 lens at her at close range, and promptly smiled coyly and stopped dancing. So you understand I was forced to resort to underhanded and voyeuristic techniques in the name of art, god help me. A quick change of lens to the trusty 75-300 and a retreat to an anobtrusive distance, and there we go.

I suspect she was actually still aware that I had my beady glass eye on her, but was playing along in a flattered kind of way after I jokingly complained that she had stopped dancing the first time ... *sigh* the confessions of a zoom lens voyeur ;) (Wink)

Talbot Road, Notting Hill Carnival, London, August 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 400, lab, scanned neg
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complex-a Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2002
Great expression on her face, and I like the way you caught her with this downcast look. It makes one wonder if she really did know you were still watching her or not... Great work, as usual!
KittiesGoShoot Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2002
This is such a beautiful shot and in my opinion deserves a lot more attention. The angle you took it at is really nice, and so is the focusing. But what I really love is how you captured the right kind of expression. Great contrast and sharpness. When I look at this I just think "professional". Great work Nod

And --------> +favlove
c3d Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2002
lol I need a Telephoto lens, 3x just doesnt cut it lol. Great shot though, I really like her natural expression.
darkday Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2002
she's very beautiful.....
and very nice angle ;) (Wink)
kalayl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2002
and what wildlife you have captured indeed!!! she does look a tad uncomfortable though, an expression in itself ;) (Wink)
ash Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2002
the lens is a f4.0-f5.6 75-300mm so probably was at 300mm on f5.6. I reckon I was about 7-10 meters away. christ we sound like wildlife photographers :) (Smile)
earther Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2002
LOL that title is cracking me up.
Really beautiful composition here.
A rather intense dof as well... is that lens a 5.6 or 6.5?
You must have still been fairly close...
jmcc Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2002
I wasn't originally going to +fav this, but something just kept drawing me to this photo.

Can't imagine what. . . . :o (Eek)
misteriddles Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002   Photographer
Great work, Ash. It astonishes me how sharp, clear and well composed this is given the 300mm focal length. If I'd done it, all I'd capture would be a blurry shoulder, I reckon. :( (Sad)

She is, indeed, very, very pretty.
verunec Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
:) (Smile)
Beautiful photo cute description.
adixion Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
so, so, so sweet
narang99 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
dam it, thats another +fav! stop doing that! this is fantastic photograph, i love the comostion, it dosnt look as if she was at the nc, you croped it so well, that it remains timeless, very good stuff.
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