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Kitty  Cross

Travel photography--long lens or interaction?

Greetings! I'm a traveller, and relatively new at this photography stuff. I often find myself and my FM-2 up in some remote mountain village at a festival or something like. I'm keen on the people but am at a complete loss as to how one shoots people in a situation where you don't know anyone, except by using a long lens.

Up until now a lot of my images are of people walking away and I'm pretending that's my style. The truth is I'm just not sure how to approach someone and end up with a natural looking shot.

For example the following images(they're not stellar, but they do illustrate the point.

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7/4/2005 12:29:45 PM

Tom Walker   Surprisingly most people like to have their picture taken, just ask! Also , I missed some great shots because all I took with me was a long lens, now my 28-80 seems to be my "go to" lens

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7/5/2005 4:14:17 PM

Kitty  Cross   Thanks Tom, but what would you have said to the girl in the image "Maya Girl" ?

I needed her not to look at the camera,I might have moved her a bit to a more interesting background and I think I would have preferred something a little more relaxing and more creative than "May I take your picture?"

I feel like I'm missing a story--which is why I said it was flat. Does this just mean more time with a subject to find her story?

I guess I need a chat-up line (grin)
Any suggestions?

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7/5/2005 6:58:53 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  should've asked "whatcha doin'?" They know you're not from there so it's not like they don't know you're there taking pictures.

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7/6/2005 3:13:10 AM

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