ljfinger: Still waiting to see my first good street photography image.
Problem is too many street photographers are trying to emulate the styles of decades old photographers with decades old equipment. There are street photographers putting out beautifully shot images:http://www.flickr.com/photos/chee917/galleries/72157632556923198/http://www.flickr.com/photos/chee917/galleries/72157632638618799/http://www.flickr.com/photos/chee917/favorites
Too many modern street photographers try to emulate decades old styles and limitations. Street photography groups are filled with grainy, blurry, unprocessed, and at this point, cliche street photos. On the other hand there are also street photographers putting out beautifully shot and processed images. There is no reason not to. If street photography "legends" had today's equipment, they would be putting out high quality images as well.
DPNick: So he took a bunch of pictures of dirty slackers and losers while he was one; I don't see the brilliance. It's not quite Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand, Doisneau, Friedlander, Lange, Stieglitz, etc.
Not bad, 1/160 would be fast enough to prevent most motion blur as well.
bjboogie: Other than the fact Tergo's images are a bit rawer and less polished, and arguably less artistic, how are they fundamentally different in process from the sidewalk strobe photos taken by celebrated art photographer Philip Lorca Dicorcia. Google his name for images and decide for yourself. Dicorcia set up a camera, a strobe and triggering mechanism on a covered sidewalk and took random portraits of people in New York. He blew them up in all their exquisite detail, printed a book and sold prints for $20 -30 thousand dollars each. He was sued by the elderly Jewish man you'll see in the Google images for violating his privacy and won. see also: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/14/arts/art-in-review-philip-lorca-dicorcia-heads.html ... and ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nussenzweig_v._DiCorcia
Just to clarify, the case was dismissed against Dicorcia, so the case was "lost". "Winning" a lawsuit usually means the person that sued is successful.
KHemmelman: I don't do street photography because I don't want the hassle of dealing with complete strangers who are most likely going to be suspicious of me and not want to sign a model release. I suspect this guy is the same way, so he took the easy way out and does it secretly without permission or approval. Basically a roving peeping-tom. I have to say, what he is doing is a real "cheap shot". (no pun intended)
@Josh152 I agree that this photographer's method and the attitude of some street photographers can be intrusive. Treating people with decency is much more important than legal rights. However, being open and friendly about it goes a long way. I don't ask permission first because I want an unposed shot. But when someone notices me taking a photo I always smile and offer to show them the shot. With the right approach, most people are flattered that someone would want to take their photo.
MikeFairbanks: This is my second visit to this thread, and after looking even more at the concept and results, I can't help but wonder why he is getting noticed.
Street photography is almost as old as photography itself, and everyone who owns a camera has rolled down the window to take a shot of something or someone they thought was interesting.
I'm convinced that the only reason this dude got attention is because he spent a lot of time and money putting a bunch of electronics in and on his truck.
I think it would be far more interesting if he went out and specifically said the same line to each person, such as "Have you seen my grandmother?" or perhaps, "I bet I can eat more hotdogs than you in five minutes."
Then, at least, you would be able to look into the faces in the photos and do some thinking about their reactions.
Good point, putting together this outrageous setup probably got him more publicity than good photos would have.
Popetographer: I looked at all the photos on Tergo's website. Have a look before getting your gun out. He is very consistent and intentional with his work. It looks like he could take very good conventional photos, but he his own take on things. I like his photos.
To each his own I guess. I checked his website, he has plenty of photos not taken with this truck set up. I'm still totally unimpressed.
Tens of thousands of dollars in gear, and that's the result? There are iphone photographers that do better.
i put a tricycle on the sidewalk and took a picture, saved myself a few hundred thousand
Yeah, get over it people, the photos are not bad. If you're this close with decent light, the iphone will give you just as good a photo as the most expensive DSLR. It's a 4x4 photo on newsprint.
dqnielg: I bet a lot of work (lighting, processing) went into making these shots passable. The same amount of work put into shots taken with a real camera would have resulted in much more appealing images.
you'd lose that bet, because the article says he used Instagram to process the photos
JEROME NOLAS: Poor cry baby! Mom, nobody loves me any more!
lol at the comments saying it's not such a great photo. Every kid that scored a touchdown for years after this photo was taken was imitating it. And not because of the lighting, white balance, etc. It's the cockiness of a young star knowing that he IS going to win the Heisman. Dreams, sweat, ambition, achievement and celebration are in this photo.
what a crappy shot
waxwaine: So the question is: What is the author trying to comunicate? New differents hairstyles or something more deep?What?
color and shape for the pure sake of visual fantasy,
They may be more painting than photography, but you know what? This takes more creative talent than photography alone....Just checked her Flickr. She's amazing.
Daniel K Berman: Great comments and discussion. The Mobile Photography Awards are for photos shot and processed on...mobile phones and devices. Just like a Street Photography Awards would be for...street photos. Nothing wrong with categories and sub-genres of the medium. We at the MPA are thrilled at the art representing our Awards this year. Whether the images won in the VisualFX category or the Landscape category. It's all good. It's all subjective. Whiners will whine that the camera isn't as good as a DSLR. You're right. And your point is...?
There are some very nice images here. Sure, they don't measure up to the best DSLR images, but they would have never been taken if photography was limited to $2000+ DSLR. The "craft of photography" is still best accomplished with a quality camera, but there are plenty of interesting shots taken with phones. Relax, let go of the hostility and just enjoy what you enjoy.
If you want green, just say green. Is saying "yellow and blue make ..." somehow more creative? All it does is increase the chance of a blue and yellow entry.