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Gauntlet: Cloak of Invisibility

By Gary Fong
Photographer: Laura Morton
 
 
Shooting “candids” at a social gathering seems easy enough, until everyone mugs the camera whenever it’s brought up to the photographer’s eye. One has to be fast and focused…or be invisible to capture people as they are.
 
Laura Morton is an expert at being invisible. If every photographer had the capability of being a fly on the wall, images of genuine moments would provide an isolated sense of people being real. Morton watches her subjects. She stays in the background, waits until they are preoccupied with others, then bringing her camera up to her eye, makes an image or two, then backs away.
 
She doesn’t draw attention to herself, but quietly lets the social mix form up pictures around her. The calculations for strobe, focus, and juxtaposition are constantly filling her mind…but staying invisible and looking for moments that will last a lifetime are paramount to her coverage.
 
 
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Brand New Day

Brand New Day

Spider in Waiting

Spider in Waiting

I love photographing small things. Including creepy crawly things that make most people sick. However where I live there's not to many exotic bugs in the backyard. But there are plenty of spiders during the tail end of summer and into fall. This one had just finished a very large web and is waiting for some unfortunate bug to fly in. You can tell that by the way the web looks right at the ends of the spiders legs.  However, 15 minutes later, a storm popped up and destroyed its creation. So much for waiting. I used a Sigma 105mm macro ISO100 1/60 sec @ f6.3 with flash off camera.