My First Time

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My first attempt at street photography. Clandestine street photography, for the most part. I did not engage anyone. For some reason I feel that’s cheating!

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30 thoughts on “My First Time

  1. First and only rule in streetphotography: shoot first, ask later.
    And maybe you can’t ask later because of the moment, the subject or whatever. No harm done, in public space you can shoot anything and anybody.

    Stay nice though.

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      1. I was like that seven years ago. Most people react nicely, If they do not want to be published you can erase the picture instantly. But giving out a card with your name, site, phonenumber AND your function “streetphotographer” will help a lot.

        “Look, he’s a streetphotographer, it even says so on his card”..

        It will set people at ease. I do not think you will be in trouble.

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  2. I think you did fine for your first time Emilio. It’s not cheating if you don’t engage because after you are accustomed to street shooting you will be able to tell which people are approachable and which ones you should not. The biggest trick with street photography is not to use an intimidating camera and lens, which is why most people choose rangefinder type cameras. My personal favorite to use on the street is my Fuji X-E2 with 27mm pancake lens because I look like a tourist and the camera is tiny compared to a DSLR. You could easily take a shot of someone and if you see them getting upset make believe you are looking past them and shooting something behind them. Zack Arias has a YouTube video on street shooting where he mentions this. Nice work šŸ™‚

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    1. I really appreciate your comment, Joe. More than you realize. I tried looking up the youtube you reference and though I was able to find Zack Arias, I could not find that particular tutorial. I f you have a link I would appreciate it. I like the suggestion to shoot with a less intimidating camera. I have a Canon Powershot and will try using that next time. And there will be a next time. It’s the closest I can get to being a voyeur without getting arrested!

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  3. I think by not engaging people you get the most natural scenes from the streets which in my opinion are the most interesting ones. Really cool shots Emilio! You should do this more often. It looks like you were not the only one taking photos in the streets. šŸ™‚

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  4. It looks like you had fun with this and I hope you’ll do more. The one with the woman and child on the bench is really good. I was advised to find a place to sit or stand that had a good background and wait for people more into the scene. It looks like you may have done that. I look forward to seeing more images.

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    1. I definitely had fun and will be doing it again. Thanks, Tim. I read something about street photography that said the same thing; find a spot and let people wander in. I did try that for awhile, but I also walked around a bit, too.

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  5. I like that you didn’t engage Emilio, a more natural shot of your subjects on the street. I love the last one of mom on the bench, she looks exhausted & appears to be enjoying the momentary break while her husband/partner takes a shot of something.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I can’t wait to get out there again. But you might be reading into it, as I did. Maybe that’s what street photography is all about. You build this world around the people you see. I wonder now If he actually was the father or partner to this woman. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with you. But it’s interesting to make up stories about these people. She was definitely pregnant and enjoying the respite.

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  6. Nice shots. Street photography is one of my favorites to shoot. Not engaging isn’t cheating. Sometimes I engage and other times it is just better not to spoil the shot with them knowing you are taking it. Plus it is fun to see how close I can get take the shot without my subject knowing.

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