I got the opportunity to choose the theme for Share Six this month and I went for Street Photography.
“Why Street Photography? For me it takes me out of my comfort zone. I am happy shooting nature, and sunsets and beaches. Now I will confess, I do find that I am more comfortable doing street photography when I am on vacation rather than when I am at home. I like to meander and to keep looking around me until something catches my attention. Street Photography is me having the courage to go into a busy area urban or otherwise and shoot what I see in front of me. The image may or may not have people in it. It can be reflections, it can be graffiti, it can be shapes, or it may be people. You could take it looking straight on, or looking up, or looking down. You can frame it through doorways, or arches, or trees. There are so many different aspects to Street Photography.”
When I get out on the street with the intention of shooting images of people I take my long lens, and try to do this as inconspicuously as possible and from a distance. When I am shooting scenery, I will carry a variety of lens, normally my wide angle for buildings, my 70-300mm for distance, and a couple of lensbaby optics.
I will confess, I have yet to walk up to someone and ask them if I can photograph them. That takes me way out of my comfort zone completely. Who knows maybe one day I will get the courage. Mmm 100 faces sounds like an interesting project to consider.
What I have found though, is that when I am shooting street, that my immediate editing reaction is to go black and white.
I thought I would share various images I have taken, some on trips away and some locally. Since I only see my brother when he is in USA, we tend to travel to wherever he is in conference and then stay a few days post conference. It is always a city and that feeds my desire to head out and explore. While he is in conference, we are sight seeing, then when he is done we spend a few days traveling the area. Locally the images I have shared are for a Street group that I joined earlier this year.
These are my six images. Indulge my while I share one more (although I could happily have gone on sharing street images). This was the day that I tried to look inconspicuous when taking my photograph, and as I did this he looked up at me. Ugh but he was great and told me to take another one. You will have those days when you get caught. Smile!! If the opportunity comes about take time to learn a little bit about your subject.
If you do not shoot street, then I would encourage you to pick up your camera, head into the city and have a fun day looking like a tourist. I love it. There is so much going on and it is fun to be part of the vibe of the streets and capture what catches your attention. Go out, have fun!!
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six. This is a circle blog. From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle. Please take time to visit our guest blogger for this month, Katherine of Cobert Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.
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