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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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New Year Parade, Singapore

At a New Year’s ceremony in Singapore the Indian women are in their finest saris. This fleeting moment comes and goes almost before I can register it in my eyepiece. The mechanics of taking a picture – the exposure, focus etc. – should, with practice, become second nature, leaving the eye to concentrate on what’s happening in front of the lens. To me this exquisitely presented lady represents all that’s exotic about the Indian culture. The vibrant saris and sharp, tropical light giving high contrast dictate that this can only be a very colourful picture.

• Nikon F5, 70–200mm lens

Colour

In terms of colour there are five ...

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