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Filé nocturne II , Strasbourg, February 2014.

Filé nocturne II , Strasbourg, February 2014.

Filé nocturne, Strasbourg, February 2014.
I can’t find the word in english, but in french it’s called a “filé” (is panning the right expression?). Technically it’s one of the most difficult and fun thing to shoot in full manual mode.
First, a focal length superior to 35mm will make it easier to you, because your shutter speed is supposed to stay below 1 divided by your focal lenght. E. g. if you have a 50mm mounted a shutterspeed of 1/30 or 1/24 will do. With a 35mm, 1/24, 1/15 etc. Lower speeds mean a greater effect but a harder shot, as it will be more difficult to freeze your subject.
When you have set you shutter speed, you can make your exposure, keeping in mind that the narrower the aperture, the easier the shot, thanks to the greater depth of field. 
Then you have to zone focus when you see your subject approaching. Zone focus in front of you, because to maximize the filé effect you’re supposed to shoot when you subject passes right in front of you while you “pan” him. It means, with a Leica, you have to point your rangefinder patch on him, then follow him to keep him in the patch until you go “click”.
On this one, with a 1/24 speed and a large aperture - I was obliged to go for 1.4 because it was night and I didn’t want to go over iso 640. I couldn’t totally freeze the guy on his bicycle, because of this and because of the subject speed, but I still love the result.

Filé nocturne, Strasbourg, February 2014.

I can’t find the word in english, but in french it’s called a “filé” (is panning the right expression?). Technically it’s one of the most difficult and fun thing to shoot in full manual mode.

First, a focal length superior to 35mm will make it easier to you, because your shutter speed is supposed to stay below 1 divided by your focal lenght. E. g. if you have a 50mm mounted a shutterspeed of 1/30 or 1/24 will do. With a 35mm, 1/24, 1/15 etc. Lower speeds mean a greater effect but a harder shot, as it will be more difficult to freeze your subject.

When you have set you shutter speed, you can make your exposure, keeping in mind that the narrower the aperture, the easier the shot, thanks to the greater depth of field. 

Then you have to zone focus when you see your subject approaching. Zone focus in front of you, because to maximize the filé effect you’re supposed to shoot when you subject passes right in front of you while you “pan” him. It means, with a Leica, you have to point your rangefinder patch on him, then follow him to keep him in the patch until you go “click”.

On this one, with a 1/24 speed and a large aperture - I was obliged to go for 1.4 because it was night and I didn’t want to go over iso 640. I couldn’t totally freeze the guy on his bicycle, because of this and because of the subject speed, but I still love the result.

Untitled, Strasbourg, 2014.

Untitled, Strasbourg, 2014.

Untitled, Strasbourg, February 2014.

Untitled, Strasbourg, February 2014.

Tête, Strasbourg 2014.

Tête, Strasbourg 2014.

Rideau, St-Florentin, April 2014.
There’s one reason I always carry a camera with me, I strongly believe there’s a picture to be taken even during the most mundane events. Like this almost-end-of-the-year show of the primary school my niece goes to. I was on a family week end, I had only taken my M9 and a 50mm lux, for the mandatory family snaps.
I knew I wouldn’t shoot very good pictures of my niece’s performance because, from the audience seats I wouldn’t be allowed to leave during the show, that would require a zoom, not a 50mm. But when I saw that red curtain, I had the intuition there was something to be done with the nice shadows cast by the lights… or the kids regularly playing with the curtain between the differents sets.
Technically, this was easy thanks to the available light, with iso 640, I could shoot at 1/125 - enough to freeze the action - and f2.4, so I was sure not to miss the focus on a moving subject. For once, I cropped a bit on the right and on the bottom of the frame, there was too much clipped black for me.
There’s a saying in street-photo, “don’t shoot the event”. In this case it happenend to be a good piece of advice.

Rideau, St-Florentin, April 2014.

There’s one reason I always carry a camera with me, I strongly believe there’s a picture to be taken even during the most mundane events. Like this almost-end-of-the-year show of the primary school my niece goes to. I was on a family week end, I had only taken my M9 and a 50mm lux, for the mandatory family snaps.

I knew I wouldn’t shoot very good pictures of my niece’s performance because, from the audience seats I wouldn’t be allowed to leave during the show, that would require a zoom, not a 50mm. But when I saw that red curtain, I had the intuition there was something to be done with the nice shadows cast by the lights… or the kids regularly playing with the curtain between the differents sets.

Technically, this was easy thanks to the available light, with iso 640, I could shoot at 1/125 - enough to freeze the action - and f2.4, so I was sure not to miss the focus on a moving subject. For once, I cropped a bit on the right and on the bottom of the frame, there was too much clipped black for me.

There’s a saying in street-photo, “don’t shoot the event”. In this case it happenend to be a good piece of advice.

Untitled, Strasbourg 2014. 
Leica M6, Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC, Fuji 800Z

Untitled, Strasbourg 2014. 

Leica M6, Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC, Fuji 800Z

Untitled, Strasbourg, February 2014.

Untitled, Strasbourg, February 2014.

London Reflection V, January 2014.

London Reflection V, January 2014.

London Reflection IV, January 2014.

London Reflection IV, January 2014.

Misty Me, the last of my 2 days trip in London, January 2014.

Misty Me, the last of my 2 days trip in London, January 2014.

Queen Mum II, Bow Down B…, London, January 2014.

Queen Mum II, Bow Down B…, London, January 2014.

Queen Mum, London, January 2014.

Queen Mum, London, January 2014.

London Reflection III, January 2014.

London Reflection III, January 2014.

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