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Street shooting in Marrakech

Discussion in 'Leica M Forum' started by retow, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    I spent the last four days in Marrakech with M9, Elmarit 24mm and 50mm Summilux asph. Street shooting was quite an interesting challenge as people do not like being photographed. So getting the shot was more important than careful framing, composing etc. I took quite many street shots, all from the hip, zone focused with the Elmarit 24, whilst pretending not to take pictures. A few here:
     
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  2. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Nice! I'd be scared to photograph in a strange land where I'm not familiar with the customs. Not sure if I'd be arrested or am breaking local customs or something.
     
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Thanks for the photos Retow! Do you know why the folks there don't like their photos taken?
     
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I'm jealous! I've wanted to go to Morocco for quite some time now but I can only go on holiday in mid summer, when it's 40+ degrees there...

    People in Morocco are notoriously camera-shy, I don't know why that is though... you got some nice shots out of it anyway!
     
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  5. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    A few more, one of which with the DP2x
     
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  6. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Nice shots although I prefer the DP2x ones! I believe that the camera shyness is religious. We went to Fes and Morocco (rode the Marrakesh Express train from Fes to Marrakesh) two or three years ago and I was also very cautious about waving my camera in people's faces!
     
  7. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    There is only one from the DP2x, the one with Apple's product placement:wink:. The 41mm equiv. focal length allowed to keep more distance than the 24 Elmarit and the Sigma's small size made it possible to "hide" the camera. Wheras with the M9, the only technique which worked was to wear it tourist like, around the neck and the right hand casually holding the neck strap and camera body with the thump ready to push the shutter button. I got a lot of stares at the camera and often women would preventively cover eyes or faces with their hands.
     
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    So much for one of the #1 reasons cited by Leica fanboys about the "stealthiness" of the M9! Personally, I never felt like my M9 is/was stealthy!

    Nice photos Retow. Keep them coming!
     
  9. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Very nice photos...

    There is a good article about the camera sizes at TOP:

    The Online Photographer: Do Smaller Cameras Hurt Pros' Image?

    One comment I found interesting:

     
  10. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Some more here:
     
  11. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    I guess it is just less intimidating than a large DSLR with monster lens. But all compact black ultra fast AF cameras like a Nikon V1 or the new OMD are definitely more stealthy. And so is a small Sigma DP which is great for fast zone focusing.
     
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I really like the last photo of the third set Retow -- the one with the woman pointing at the other on scooter!! Love the action captured, the colors, the contrast of modern vs. old (scooter and super-tight jeans vs. ethnic clothing). Well done!!