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4th of September 2004 (Sat), 12:09
I was at Findhorn Bay in Scotland today, shooting shoreline birds. There was a couple of people there, doing Kite Surfing (surfing on flat water at the end of a small parachute). When I was done (bored :( ) I went back to the car to find that one of the surfers had put a card under my wiper blade, reading "If you have taken Kitesurf pictures, could you please email me ?" then her email address. She saw me getting out of the car, when I first got there, and said hello (stupid me, I didn't even blink :oops: ).
Anyway, I got my camera back out again and snapped away for a couple of minutes until she looked as if she was done, then I left.
Unfortunately, even with the 100-400L at full tilt, I was still a little too far away to get a really good shot of her face, although I did get some good shots of her and the kite.
Should I email her and show the shots I did get, or, should I try and arrange another time to get some better photos ?
This is the very first time this has happened so I don't really know how to play it.
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 12:19
Send her a shot or two, tell her you can do better if you prepare for the shots and ask if she's willing to pay for them. :wink:
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 13:04
I totally agree. I think that if the shots were "so-so" then just send her some medium resolution files for free. But be sure to tell her that arranging a time to shoot her specifically will yield better results.
But if she may doubt the quality. So if I were you I might send her a shot of another surfer that came out better. Let her know that the other shot is more representative of what you can do.
But there is something more interesting going on here. She found your car.
When I go shooting in public (shooting strangers anyway) I park my car far from the shot location. The reason being that some people are rude and would rather key your car than ask that you not shoot them. I haven't had it happen but I hear stuff. Now what has happened (alot) is that police show up. I haven't been arrested yet, but when it happens (and it most likely will some day) I don't want my car being impounded or someone reporting my license number.
Just a thought. What can I say, I'm paranoid.
- Digital Prophet -
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 13:15
I know what you mean, Digital Prophet. But I got the feeling that she would've asked me to shoot her anyway. Had she not wanted me to, I was there primarily to shoot shoreline birds if that was the case.
Plus, there was nowhere else to park the car. :)
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 13:16
Here is one of the "so-so" shots I got.
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 13:26
Man a shot like that (by its very nature not your method) leave a WHOLE lot of empty space. Maybe if/when you schedule a shoot with her you ought to just take the hit and focus on her body. I mean to get that kite in it almost looks like a totally disassociated object that just happens to be in the same frame.
But I am sure you already knew that. :P
- Digital Prophet -
4th of September 2004 (Sat), 13:35
I think you're right. I should ditch the kite and go for the face. But, like I said, I was too far away. The tide had come in so I couldn't get any closer.
5th of September 2004 (Sun), 13:34
You should email her that you were too far away from them to get any interesting shots, but - if she was interested - you might make up a meeting with the specific aim to get some interesting kitesurfing photos.
Might turn out to be an interesting thing for you, if you have the time to spare. A friend of mine who is a windsurfer got one of his S45 pictures published in a windsurfing magazine. It was nothing special, but a nice shot with great lighting.
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