A decisive moment
Sometimes it happens and this was one of these moments. It’s not just a young man taking a selfie, but his appearance shouts out that he’s proud. At the same time as he’s dressed in a way that you believe would make him avoid school trips to castles, and definitely taking selfies of the whole event.
You wonder who the selfie is intended for, and by my title of the shot, I imagine it’s for his mother.
This photo was taken by Magnus L Andersson in (/, ) using a Leica M Monochrom (M9) with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
For street photography purists, this is in the spirit being candid as well as make the viewer wonder about the background etc.
Camera: Leica M Monochrom (M9) (Leica)
Lens: Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH (Leica)
Medium: Memory Card Panasonic SDHC 16GB Gold Pro (Panasonic)
Shutter speed: sec
Focal length: mm
Exposure bias: EV 0
I believe I didn’t have the time to focus, hence it’s just luck the settings ended up the right for the shot. However, due to the distance to the subject and choice of lens, the image had to be cropped to get the right focus.
I did as often on cloudy days blow the sky, but due to cropping it doesn’t show and the rest of the image ended up rather well.
Processing by Magnus L Andersson
The choice of a 1×1 crop was that no other format placed the focus at the intended place. Considering the choice of film emulation, I did as often pick the Ilford Pan F Plus 50 setting that provides a moderate and natural contrast, even though I believe the image becomes slightly underexposed. This leads to the dark trousers of the people to most probably fall one zone below the “natural” one, but I feel it’s worth it considering the jacket and face of the boy.
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