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Different approaches to a wall

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.

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A “classical” approach: follow a direction:

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A countercurrent...a salmon 🙂

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A moving countercurrent… if you want an “artistc” picture!

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More motion? Very simple:  wait for a fast cyclist ( always as “artistic” picture! )

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…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.

 

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Likeness,similarity & analogy

I like photographs where there are likeness, not only in a direct way but also in different conjugations. You know that I’m stingy with words…so a picture is worth a thousand words….so please see the following examples 🙂  In this pictures the likeness & similarities are clear: I insert some highlights to indicate what captured my attention.

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Change your point of view

A music band was playing in my city..and many photographers were shooting at the musicians: faces, instruments.. I changed my point of view and went “under” to see something different..and I found it: the legs of a woman among the legs of the men 🙂

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Some tips for Streetphotography

I love street photography and my personal tips are:

  • Use wide-angle lens: like 28mm or 35mm
  • Get close to your subject: so who sees the image feels as if he is a part of the scene.
  • Always carry your camera with you: you cannot miss any moment!
  • Focus on details: try to simplify a photos and search for little particulars and peculiars.
  • Move your feet: try to have more shots of the same scene and from differents point of view.
  • Take your time! Some time we have to wait for a long time to take a good photo 🙂


How I did It: fantasy :-)

Fashion Dummy

Fashion Dummy in Lucca

This shot is part of a larger work: “Fashion Dummies” and the idea came to me casually: looking at the dummies I thought: “the dummies are looking at us and at the city …like we are looking at them”. So I started to photograph them trying to isolate them from the rest of the showroom and putting them in the glass reflection of a particular part of the city: a wall, a window or the road. To make the most interesting photos I used a special camera filter (tone “Drama” of the Olympus OM-D E-M5) and being processed with Lightroom I used the preset “Polaroid”. This combination made very special shades and colors.

How I did it: only with my smartphone Galaxy S2

Do you think that for a “big” photo you need a “big” camera? No! You need “a” camera! Never mind if it’s a reflex, a compact or a smartphone… use it at your best 🙂

So I realized an exhibition and a book only with Galaxy S2 and Instagram..nothing else. No post-production or Photoshop. Above some photos from the book:

http://www.blurb.com/books/3158193-myinstabook-by-fotoraffa

or as e-book:

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/229548-myinstabook-by-fotoraffa

How I did it: patience (again)

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The only word to say about this picture is: patience. I was passing in front of the carousel, and my first thought was: “this photograph would be interesting if someone walked in front of the carousel.”

The time was passing … there was no one who could help me take a picture and I was thinking to leave ( after 1 hour! ) when one of the carnies came out and he went just in the right place to take the picture!

Sometimes for a nice picture we need a lot of patience! 

(  my suggestion is: carry with you a book … time passes more quickly if you read!   )