I have a lucky place in my city where I can see from above a pedestrian crossing. This road sign is very particular because at the beginning is semi-circular and it’s near a white straight line. The best time to take some pictures is during a rainy day because the asphalt takes an intensive black color…and there are umbrellas. Another good time is during the sunset: we can “play” with shadows.
The man of the stripes
A white dressed woman..near the white stripes
Semi-circular stripes and a semi-circular umbrella’s strip
At sunset … playing whit shadows
It’s like a black&white pictures…whit a red important “point”
How many ways can we photograph a blank wall? It’s not a very-very blank wall…there is something that we can use to “custom” it: in this case there are two road signs.
Here is the “track”..and, as we are speacking about Street Photographs, we need a human subject.
A “classical” approach: follow a direction:
A countercurrent...a salmon 🙂
A moving countercurrent… if you want an “artistc” picture!
More motion? Very simple: wait for a fast cyclist ( always as “artistic” picture! )
…uhhhmmmm… there something missig: a car or 2 persons ( there are 2 signals on the wall ) or, better, a person with a blue/white dress (!)… The main key is “Fantasy”! With fantasy we can “paint” (photograph) a simple blank wall in 1000 ways. For this example I used a Sony Rx100M3.
After a rainy day I often take my camera and I take a walk on the streets/squares of my city: I like to take photos of reflections from puddles. To achieve a good result I use a wide angle lens and I put the camera at ground level ( better if the camera has a tilting display ) … but it’s not enough! To obtain a different picture ( from other millions of the same type ) we need some fantasy : in my example a friend that helped me to have a drop in the puddle….
With a “little” detail
I think that the second one is better…do you agree?
Note: Amphitheater Square in the city of Lucca, Italy
I think that a good exercise in Street-Photography is to take pictures of silhouettes & shadows. First of all: shadows are better at sundown or sunrise because they are longer that in other times of the day. The second tip is to go in the same place just at those times of day because the shadows are very different and the scenes can be better. In any case patience must be our preferred “weapon”: we can find a good mix between shadows and lights but we have to wait for the right subject! At the end: don’t forget to expose for the lights…better using spot-meter and locking the measure…so when your subject is coming we are ready for the snap.
Today no words…in a city there is always something funny to capture 🙂 The main tips are: patience and attention. It’s very important (in most cases) the ability to “preview” an action…or to “build up” a scene.
When I saw the poster, I got the idea to put there my bag: in the city be careful to your bags!
Thanks to my friend for help me in the “build” of the picture 🙂
A very graceful girl
I waited for a long time to take this picture….because I know the habits of (all) men in front of a lovely girl 🙂
Declaration of love
On the wall: “Puppy I love you”
Love for Arts
Smoking is dangerous! ( I like to play with posters .. of course the tip is: patience: wait for the right subject)
On account of me, they were chatting among themselves!
Some years ago, I mean so many years ago, it was an honor to be photographed on the street. Today it is a very big problem! I mean in Italy ( I don’t know in other countries, but I think it’s the same). There is the hateful, detestable, damnable privacy! Nobody wants to be photographed!! But why? Where is the problem? I mean, if you’re not committing a crime…or you are not whit your ..ehm.. lover 🙂 But anyway, you are in a public place, a street, where everyone can see you..
Some time ago, during my photo exhibition, a man saw the following picture…
..and he said me: “hey, have you got the photo release? Without it you cannot expose this picture! I know this woman!”… Acc! of course I haven’t!! 🙂 🙂 But my answer was very prompt: “I don’t need it, this woman is my aunt!” ( very ready lie ) and I continued: “You are not the first person that believes to recognize this woman…it seems that my aunt has a twin!”.
Another man saw the following picture:
He recognized himself in the photo! He was the man with the white hair. He said nothing to me…but the next day he came again with his friends…He was very happy to be in the exhibition!!! The exception confirming the rule!
But to solve the privacy problem…we can start to photograph the fashion dummies!!! There is no need of the photo release!! And we can obtain very interesting ( and different ) Street-photos! 🙂 🙂
In my little “portfolio” there the dummy in the showroom and at its back there is always a detail of the city ( church, building, palace, wall, window ). The fashion dummies in their city 🙂