Speed with­out warn­ing

With some move­ment, it’s not just the shut­ter speed you need to con­sider, but whether you’re able to catch it in time

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One of the most crit­i­cal things about speed is its on­set: how fast or un­ex­pect­edly it comes upon you. Pre­pared­ness and an­tic­i­pa­tion are both key to deal­ing with this, but you don’t al­ways get plenty of warn­ing.

There are some mo­ments that you can an­tic­i­pate, yet, be­cause of your view­point, give no warn­ing for when to shoot. The shot on the right, taken in Lon­don’s Chi­na­town, fea­tures one of more than 80 fi­bre­glass tele­phone boxes, com­mis­sioned as part of a city­wide art project. In this case, there was a tra­di­tional red tele­phone box next to it, and I wanted to jux­ta­pose the two. The view­point I chose gave a frame that was filled with phone boxes, and I felt it needed a passer-by to bring it to life. My van­tage point, how­ever, was dic­tated by the fram­ing I wanted, and I had no way to see when some­one might walk be­tween the boxes. For­tu­nately, I had an as­sis­tant with me, and she stood to one side with a view of the gap be­tween the boxes. Just 10 sec­onds af­ter I had fi­nalised my com­po­si­tion, she told me that some­one was ap­proach­ing, and I was ready to take the shot.

A real tele­phone box along­side a painted fi­bre­glass version – but the cam­era po­si­tion al­lowed no warn­ing to catch a passer-by walk­ing be­tween them

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