Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shadowshot Sunday - What the heck, why not?

So I've been noticing this addition to the "More ways to use Mr. Linky" fan club.  I hadn't planned to partake but this morning Bagman and Butler either relented in their refusal to let me use my computer because I have been in such whiney mood or they simply fell asleep and left it unlocked in the workroom. 

I was going to post a blog in response to some questions about how I take pictures of strangers and if I'm afraid they will be angry that I am sucking images like some paparazi out of their personal space.  I admit that sometimes I wonder if someone will mind, but in another life I was a news photographer for a short time.  So I know -- or think I know -- that as long as I'm in a public place I can shoot anything I want.   But its probably illegal to break into their house and shoot them while they are sleeping...that sounds worse than I meant it. 

But I am a gentle, sensitive soul and don't go around sticking a camera in people's faces.  I do like telephoto lenses.  Sometimes I feel like a light sniper.  And often when I notice someone I want to shoot, I pretend I'm shooting something else near them, get the zoom and metering about right, then, at the last second, just turn a little and click one off of them, then turn back and concentrate on the fake subject again.  A bit lily-livered, I know.  (Lily-livered?). 

This has nothing to do with Shadowshot Sunday, of course.  But when I managed to get into my computer for a change, I found that Bagman had been off at a very weird Charleston tradition called the Stiletto Stomp and was planning his own post on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Most of his shots were clearly Bagmanish and I couldn't delete them.  But one of them seemed right for Shadowshot Sunday, so I decided to post it early.  He'll probably be mad.  But, what the heck.  Here it is.

Oops.  I hear footsteps coming down the hall.  I'd better get out of here before Bagman or Butler catch me.  Why am I nervous about using my own computer?  One of these days I'm going to have to have a talk with the boys.  This is crazy.


  1. I have done the same thing you do with the telephoto in trying to capture people in public. It is partly because I am too shy to ask but mostly because I really want candids. That looks like the woman that Bagman was chasing in my post in Savannah!

  2. Bagman was only chasing her because you were so far away with your telephoto that he hadn't noticed you.

  3. Hi!
    Great shadow! Love the shoes. Have a great day!

    Sherrie's Stuff

  4. Overlooking the woman's legs for a moment (which is very difficult to do, as Bagman would attest) that is a very interesting shadow she casts.

  5. however can she run in those shoes? Bagman has a good eye for a photo.
    I am looking at new cameras again - what telephoto do you have, which camera do you use for that matter? is this taken with manual settings? email me please with the details.

  6. Now this is definitely a unique shadow shot! Terrific, Mark!! I'm sure Bagman is happy with this one! Hope you have a great day and a great week!


  7. Somewhere I think I have a book about legal issues for photographers. Wonder where it is?

  8. That's a really great shot! The shadow shape, and her legs, are amazing.

  9. I can't even WALK in shoes like that. Great picture!

  10. Neat shadow.
    People around here can be quite finicky about having their picture taken without their permission, since the 'right to their image' has been recognized in the courts. If you're taking a picture of an object or large scene and there just happen to be people in the way, ok; but taking a picture _of_ somebody (telephoto or no) can really get you in trouble.

  11. Hello! Stopping by for the first time to view your Shadow Shot ~ most interesting too! Looks like a sprint that can't be easy in those shoes!

    Nice visiting!
    Kindly, ldh