When you have just a few moments to make your photos
There are situations where you must be quick to make your photos - even if the environment is anything else but photographer friendly.
This happened to me at the Easter Procession in Malaga, Spain, during the Semana Santa (=Holy Week). This area is sunny and warm for nearly the full year. The weather was still nice when I left the hotel but it became very cold and rainy during the day.
The first photo shows the leading part of the procession: Men and women with their traditional black cloaks and hoods. It also shows the bad weather condition. Professional photographers who stood beside me had covered their equipment with plastic. Since I'm not a professional I even didn't have an umbrella!
In the background you can see the statue carried by strong believers. All my photos from the statue itself were shaken because I was not at all properly dressed with my T-shirt - I was barely able to stop my trembling caused by the cold!
The next photo shows the front part of believers who carried the statue. I had this space just for a few seconds - other photographers were pretty pushy and smart phone owners stretched their arms to put their mobiles in front of my lens. Moreover, the statue weights tons and it is absolutely not a good idea to stand in its way!
The street was quite narrow and fully filled with visitors. There was nearly no space to find the best angle or to move around. There was no time to fiddle around with automatic modes, shutter speed, aperture and ISO value or to clean the lens from the raindrops.
And there was no second chance: I followed the procession but was not able to get so close to it again. Last but not least: The dignity of the procession should - under no circumstances - be disturbed!
Photo credits: Jdanne.