My standard camera settings for my Ethiopian images out of a moving vehicle
On more than one occasion of my African portrait photography I violated the standard rule about being (not) close enough to my subjects. Yes, I have been too often dependent on my long lens in my case a Sigma 50-500 zoom. In Ethiopia we spent on average several hours a day on the road to get to our destination and I hardly could ask our guide every five minutes to stop whenever I saw an opportunity to take a picture. As Ethiopia is such an amazingly beautiful country, there were so many photo opportunities. It is a photographer’s heaven. I had my Nikon D3S camera in my hands in on-mode with a standard manual pre-setting of a fast shutter speed (generally 1/1600 and F 6.3 and auto ISO to compensate for the exposure) . Yes, you may rightfully criticize that some of those images lack intimacy but I am surprised about many that came out quite good. There was no other option as my kids would have revolted if we had stopped more frequently so my choice was between not getting the shot at all or learning how to take shots out of a moving vehicle at a speed between 50-100km/hour.
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