Popsicle, Leica M Type 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux ASPH f/0.95.
Get in the pool
I’m giving her direction. I’m crawling in the pool. I’m adjusting. f/4 because I can’t shoot wide open in direct sunlight and I want her whole head and popsicle in focus. Really her whole body, while everything else around her melds together in water and mist and a sense of the 100 degree heat we were baking in. Plus, at wide open, it all washes out anyway. And 1/4000ths of a second because basically that’s as fast as I can get it and that helps me get to f/4. ISO is already at 100. I’m pushing the edge of things here without an ND filter. But it’s fine, f/4 is what is needed. And I’m trying to keep the camera strap from getting wet. But really I’m understanding that this is the moment. The light, the location, the event. I knew it the second the popsicle arrived.
But the real thing about this shot is that I got in the pool. With people around, it’s easy to talk yourself out of that. Plus, most people want to enjoy a pool, not turn it into a photo shoot, embarrassing yourself and whoever you’re with. Whatever it is that doesn’t allow me to enjoy anything without documenting it. Whatever that is, that’s the disease we call photography.