Pic Of The Week (48/2012) – A Face In The Crowd

Woman in the crowd during an anti-government rally on Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia

A face in the crowd
Woman in a crowd of demonstrators during an anti-government rally in Sofia

(Image Copyright 2012 © by Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography)

During a rally organized by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) – in plain English: the ex-communists – I tried to get shots of some interesting faces in the crowd. For that purpose I changed to my tele-zoom and started shooting at the longest focal length.

That way I got about two dozen shots where the person in the frame was not aware of being photographed and so I could catch the untainted facial expression.

Normally, during demonstrations I like shooting wide-angle because it forces me as close to the subjects as I can get, but that also makes the people in the frame aware of my presence and very often influences their behaviour.  With the telephoto lens I can avoid that and get a natural expression.

The woman in the crowd looks more worried than angry while she listens to the endless speeches from the stand.

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Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 70-200mm L USM (@200mm); f/4.0; 1/500; ISO 800