February 23, 2008

Waiting for the Shot

by Alex Lindsay

This shot was taken at the end of what turned out to be one those special days you never forget. We have spent the morning at Great Zimbabwe and stopped at Simon Mashoko’s house (a great mbira player, RIP). The afternoon was a whirlwind of kids and adults singing and dancing. I can only say the experience was, for lack of better description, a spiritual experience.

This picture is not the result of a 100 photos taken within 10 minutes. There’s only one. What I like about it is that it captures each of the kids’ personalities perfectly. I think I sat there for over a minute until the kids stopped really posing and relaxed. The photo is the split second between them letting down their guard and loosing interest. For me, this split second is the “Magic Hour” of human emotion…a warm moment between day and night.

I don’t know if it’s a great photo…I do know that it always reminds me why I go to Africa, what I want to do there, and what the continent has to offer me…all in one. For me, capturing that “feeling” is what photography is all about…whether it’s your job or just your hobby.

It was shot with a very little Olympus Digital Camera. It would sell for about $79 today.

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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. Beautiful photo Alex. Truly captures the children in Africa.

  2. Alex, what a great photo – tremendous colour, and really captures “the decisive moment”. Great job!

  3. That’s a great tip. So many times, I’m taking a group picture like this and the subjects start to get impatient.

  4. Great tip Alex. Many people go to Asia and Africa and stand far away from subjects “sniping” images with a telephoto lens. There’s no substitute for a subject who is both comfortable and engaged.

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