HOW I GOT THE SHOT: One of the surest ways to get good pictures of people is to flatter them with your attention. By showing genuine interest in someone, a photographer can earn the trust of a subject and often regain a candid moment that is lost when the camera shows up. This is especially true for children, who love to show off their talents to attentive adults and will quickly lose themselves in an activity, creating excellent opportunities for sincere images.
This young man was already quite adept at blowing the shofar when I asked to photograph him. And even though I was using a still camera, which doesn’t record sound, he blew true and put his whole body and soul into the effort. I was impressed and I told him so, which impelled him to keep blowing and gave me a chance to fire off additional frames. I was careful to choose a background that contrasted well with his dark hair and the black shofar and also turn him so the soft, diffuse sunlight, pouring in from under a tree, spilled gently onto his face.
May the sound of the shofar awaken our compassion as well as our ability to connect with family, friends and community in the coming new year. Shana Tova.
Please share this email with all the photography buffs in your life.TECHNICAL DATA: Camera: Nikon D700, handheld, manual exposure, center-weighted metering mode, f3.5 at 1/200th sec., ISO 200. Raw file converted to Jpeg. Lens: Nikon 70-200 zoom at 102 mm. Date: Sept. 16, 2012, 9:35 a.m. Location: Gush Etzion, Judean Mountains.