More Portraits From Afar

by John Downey

Previously, I visited a southeren location in Afar and photographed tribespeople who hung around our camp.  This time, I handed out prints from the last trip and this attracted more visitors to our site.  These Afar girls were curious about the prints but still very cautious and skeptical of the camera.  I normally use a 50mm lens to gain better intimacy but had just returned from photographing Marabou storksat a nearby river, subject of the next post, and just went with the 200mm I had on camera.  Less depth of field separates the subject from the background, but shotgun-sized lenses can intimidate those being photographed. 

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