>>>> Street Photography eXchange #10 <<<

Started Apr 24, 2012 | Discussions
ihtisham
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Re: Point and Shoot
In reply to fad, May 7, 2012

Good framing with a humorous touch, Frank. Somehow I have a hard time making photos like this work, but this one does. I think the contrast of the scales and also the different textures and patterns help. And the blur of the chef is not too much to be distracting.

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Re: Point and Shoot
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fad wrote:

ihtisham wrote:

Good framing with a humorous touch, Frank. Somehow I have a hard time making photos like this work, but this one does. I think the contrast of the scales and also the different textures and patterns help. And the blur of the chef is not too much to be distracting.

Ihtisham

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to tell you how to make shots like this , but I have fallen on my face many times and merely lucky here.

Here was some of the luck:

DOF - for too long I've been experimenting with what DOF to set as default (I'm not able to pay attention to DOF on action shots - 96% of what I shoot.) And for too long I've been missing focus on important elements. So my new mantra is --"f8 and be there." In this shot f11 or narrower would have been better, but f8 was enough for it to work, and f5.6 would have been a problem. So now I forget about the narrow DOF all these modern and expensive lenses are capable of. I'm not good enough to play around and trust to adjusting for every shot or FL.

Stationary objects - this statue moves only very slowly, every couple of weeks, and the photographer was doing the usual p&s statue routine. That made this shot easy to take. So it's an old SP trick to get the background (here, the foreground) first and then get the action.

Persistence. - HCB would spend one can only guess how long trying to take advantage of an interesting compositional situation, Peter Dumont will give it 2 minutes. I have not the patience. But this is something that I've photographed hundreds of times, and I chide myself for not getting it right. I decided a few weeks ago the crook of the arm is the way to go, and I've had repeated failures waiting briefly for some person to put his head in the right location. Cumulatively, though, that's enough time to mimic a better and more patient photographer, and something really cool actually happened.

PP - I've only PP'd it in LR, but it was enough to darken some areas and realize that the leaves could be opened up a bit. The black wall was also lucky and not intended.

Self adjustments. Since nearly all my shots fail because of me, I find it useful to pay attention to self (eye-mind-heart) adjustments when I'm out shooting. It's not as sexy as technical skill, but it where most of our progress is needed. If someone tells me I don't know how to shoot color pictures, I start collecting them, by paying attention --or I might just pay explicit attention sometimes to the emotional value of colors. On the day of this shot I was thinking (fruitlessly) of two things. Zubu has said that I was skilled at a subgenre of PS, making good pictures of ordinary situations. For one day that inspired me to take lovely shots of ordinary situations. But this was the next day, and I realized this was just a backward way of saying that both Zubu and Al would like me to be more creative in compositions. So I thought about that, and realized that I am just not good, or patient, or professional, in seeking those out. I was also thinking that rather than thinking about tone, or color, I am also deeply deficient and uncreative in using perspective. Peter D and Al make great use of street geometries, of course they are professional painters. So I had been thinking about creative compositions and using perspective that day, and they were at the back of my mind. But I had not had one inspiration for an unusual situation or one shot where perspective came into play.

And then I just got lucky. I switched to spot AF. I wish I had stopped down to f11.

If one wants to generalize, it is perhaps good when the background object and the foreground one talk to each other in a visual way.

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Re: Point and Shoot
In reply to fad, May 8, 2012

Well, looks like your thoughts and preparations paid off. The symmetry and rhythm of the photo are rewarding.

Your words about finding the right bg/fg resonate. The NG photographer Sam Abell's mantra is "compose and wait." Ie, find the right background (and foreground if needed) and then wait for the right thing to happen. With patience this can yield very precisely composed candid shots.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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street movement
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28mm(eq.)
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rural entertainment
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Re: street movement
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This is a precise and rich photograph. Very nice. Lots of things going on. Every time I look at it, there is something new.

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Four from a Festival
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From Buddha Purnima, celebrating the birth of Lord Buddha.

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Re: street movement
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A very inspiring example of using perspective and careful composition. The street lights and the tree are glorious.

Did you use a camera with a flip down lcd?
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Title suggestions needed.
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The Village, corner of Minetta St & Minetta Lane.

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Re: follow along
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xtoph wrote:

The visual pun is clever.

Most of the top of the photo only serves to draw the eye away from the bottom and might benefit from judicious cropping.
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When Wall Street (or Capitalism) Occupies a City
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Ortzeit Local Time. Photography 1990 - 2004.

Der Spiegel has a photo gallery showing change in East Germany

Fascinating. The same views are taken in 1990 and about 10 years later, from the same spot, using the same focal length.

There is currently an exhibition in the Museum of Communication in Berlin.

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Re: follow along
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Nice resonance with the footprints, Chris.

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Re: Title suggestions needed.
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It slices, it dices...

Goes rather well with the white, don't you think?

No good. Zone six is missing.

Want to see others? I have to reach behind to pull them out.

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Re: Title suggestions needed.
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Ihtisham, I love your comment “No good. Zone six is missing.” I enjoyed it thoroughly

I think the girl standing by the wall is a time traveller. For some reason the girl fascinates me more than the guy wearing a wedding dress. This is the most unusual and enigmatic photo, which stays in one’s mind.

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It slices, it dices...

Goes rather well with the white, don't you think?

No good. Zone six is missing.

Want to see others? I have to reach behind to pull them out.

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Re: street movement
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fad wrote:

albobkin wrote:

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A very inspiring example of using perspective and careful composition. The street lights and the tree are glorious.

Thanks.

Did you use a camera with a flip down lcd?

No (gx1), advantage of use of lens with constant FL - possibility to see a shot (frame) without looking in the VF (or lcd), this shot is made on the move.

Main here (for me) was crossing movement of the girl in a monastic cassock and girl in muslim clothes in the street perspective, all the rest additional bonus

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The Village, corner of Minetta St & Minetta Lane.
-it's the good title.
no other,please.
Beautiful shot!

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Re: Thank you,Ihtisham. (nt)
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ihtisham wrote:

This is a precise and rich photograph. Very nice. Lots of things going on. Every time I look at it, there is something new.

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buttocks & the grand piano
In reply to fad, May 10, 2012

cafe. one is never to old to yearn (d90)

the grand piano. actually a street person & reflection from the parasols (d90)

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Re: buttocks & the grand piano
In reply to pierre1, May 10, 2012

Wow, very nice, particularly the grand piano. The buttocks is humorous, too.

Hope to see more of your work here.

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