November 9, 2011

Jay Maisel Workshop #7

Jay did like this photo.  No, he did not like it because of the girl.
Jay:  How did you get this shot?
Me:  I took this this early this morning on my way to the workshop.  I was photographing some details on a building when this lady yelled from across the street:  “Whatsa doing?”  I replied that I was photographing the building behind her.  She replied:  “I’ll give you something better to take.”  At which she began to strike various poses.
Jay:  You are s@#%#*&! me. 
Me:  No.
Jay:  Something like that has never happened to me in the sixty years that I have walked these streets.  You lucky son-of-a-@#%#*&What makes this photo so good is the fact that the subject is completely separated from the background.   It is separated by color, sharpness, focus and gesture.  As you look at the photo, there is no doubt what the subject matter is.  Even though there is the separation, all the elements of the photograph work together.  Nice job.
Me:  Thanks.
Jay:  Your skill as a photographer is definitely enhanced by your luck.  I hope you never get unlucky. (shy smile on his face)
Camera settings:  Nikon D3, Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300mm, ISO 1,600, f/5.6 and 1/250th of a second.
Post Processing:  NONE! 


  1. Except for the head phones, this looks like it comes straight out of a fashion magazine. Amazing that you could get this on the street. I am bothered by how bright her red skirt is.

  2. It seems like you are exploiting this woman. I wish you would take this photo down. Normally I like your work. Not this time.

  3. Read the Article. The woman offered to model. Please explain the exploitation? Its not her right to pose for a photo?