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  • December 5, 2012

    Did the Photographer do the Right Thing

    You might have heard about the uproar over the December 4th New York Post cover picture of the man about to be hit by the subway train in New York City. The photographer who took the picture, when asked why he didn’t try to rescue the man, said that he tried to use his flash to warn the conductor to stop the train. The photographer was a Post free lancer.

    New York Post cover Dec 4, 2012

    Not knowing what lens the photographer was using makes it difficult to figure out if he even had a chance to rescue the man. I’m sure the photograph was cropped dramatically for the front page of the newspaper. But even if he was running towards the man, he did have to stop to take the picture.

    What’s interesting is that someone took Reuters 95 best photographs of 2012 and analyzed the EXIF information.

    The 24mm prime lens or 16mm-35mm zoom were the top two lenses used by news photographers. So assuming that because the photographer was a photojournalist, there was a good chance he was using a wide angle lens and was closer than the picture made it seem he was.

    Here’s a link to the article on the New York Post web site.

    What do you think?

    © Larry Berman