Up close and personal? Not so much…

January 10, 2010

AUTOSHOW-INDIA/

Memo to Photo Editor: I’ve come up with a great scheme to cut down on costs associated with shooting big events like for example auto shows.

tiny model this 130Most of these venues have at least one or two unguarded rafter windows or skylights, so our photographers could just shoot through them from a distance instead of buying expensive tickets to get through the doors.

Look at this test I shot a couple of days ago. Here is an itty-bitty model standing next to a teensy-weensy car.

This is just what readers want to see, assuming they have access to an electron microscope. If you look at this section which I have blown up 4,000 times, you can almost make out the model’s face, at least if she was your sister or something.

I know, not ALL show locations have convenient windows, but those that don’t may have cracks in the walls, or roof shingles that can be moved aside. One way or another, we can offer great shots without having to get anywhere near the stage.

I say we practice this to get it right, in time for the next Olympics….

What do you expect, it’s free! Join the Oddly Enough blog network

Follow this blog on Twitter at rbasler

A model stands next to Maruti Suzuki’s new concept car at India’s Auto Expo in New Delhi January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

More stuff from Oddly Enough

11 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Is that a massive car, or is she REALLY small ? I know, I know, she’s far away, but surely she’s short too ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I believe it’s a cheap remake of “Alice in Wonderland,” CrowGirl….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by rbasler: Up close and personal? Not so much… http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/01/10/up-close-and-personal-not-so-mu ch/…

Oh gods, now I’ve got to do maths ! What’s 1.5 metres in old money ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Four foot eleven ?! She’s like a real person, but much smaller !

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Let’s face it, she’s no Nicole Kidman….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

That’s my sister! Could you get a closeup of her shoes for Shra?

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

[...] Up close and personal? Not so much… | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters7 hours ago by Robert Basler  If you look at this section which I have blown up 4000 times, you can almost make out the model's face, at least if she was your sister or something….[ ] [...]

[...] here: Up close and personal? Not so much… | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters Posted in Personal | Tags: almost-make, have-blown, least-if-she, make-out-the, model, out-the, [...]

Thanks Cam… I dont think shoe shot is possible tho… :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

CrowGirl, if you look hard, you may see it’s a Suzuki stand, so I would understand both the girl and the car are tiny but awfully efficient and energy-saving. So that probably explains why she’s rather on the small side.

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive

M, do you mean to say that small statured girls are effecient???

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Well, Shra, you could say that “vertically-challenged” women do tend to be more energy-efficient as there is less of them to keep warm and that kind of thing, but that would probably get me in trouble with a lot of females, so I’d rather not go there.

I would instead say that Japanese cars, and especially Suzukis are well known to be ultra efficient. And given that the girl is pictured in the stand with the hyper-efficient car, I was bound to say they come from the same manufacturer, and hence be equally energy efficient.

Nevertheless, the picture is a bit not-so-fantastic in resolution so I can’t read the girl’s technical specifications brief in her bracelet, so I’ll just assume they are and live with it if I’m mistaken.

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

M, I am sooo gonna zap you…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive