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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Photo Shoot


Some set-up photography scenes are plainly ridiculous. Take this situation for example, I have captured in the Castlereagh Street. A number of photographers surround a model from the side and back. None of them has a position to actually capture a meaningful photograph. The orchestrated scene I guess was designed to show interest in the model or the fashion she was wearing for an invisible photographer, who is capturing them all from behind the white van.

This scene reminds me of a Ford commercial screened often on TV, where an army of photographers surround the car. Admiring it and photographing it. I guess the concept may be OK, but a considerable number of them have Canon EF 70-200mm lens mounted on their cameras. A lens that requires more than 2 meters distance to the subject to obtain focus. And when you are right next to a model or a car with a lens like that you will get rubbish not a photo.

In the name of fashion


I was walking along Druitt Street towards Town Hall, when I have noticed a young, pretty girl walking in opposite direction. She was dressed in a smart, fashionable short dress in pastel yellow. She was tall and slim. There are many gorgeous girls in Sydney, so what drew my attention to this one? Her shoes! The girl was wearing such high heels that she was visibly unsteady on them. She was using walls, barristers and anything else along the way to prevent falling.

I understand girls like fashion and shoes especially, but this was ridiculous. Druitt Street runs on an angle and this girl was risking twisting her ankle at the best or breaking a leg. The initial impression she may have received for being gorgeous and well dress quickly gave way to the uneasy feeling that she will hurt herself in these shoes. Her walk was less then elegant. It was not even a walk; it was continuous stumbling from one foot to the other and a struggle to control the wobbling..