Abstract Street-v1

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This is my first post for my new street photography category called ‘Abstract Street’. These posts will be about capturing the human element without the human or with part of the human. I like this new category because it will push me to be more creative. I hope you enjoy the images.

 

 

Olympus OM1 / 50mm f1.8 / Kodak TRI-X 400 / The FINDLab

 

 

Olympus OM1 / 50mm f1.8 / Kodak TRI-X 400 / The FINDLab

 

 

Olympus OM1 / 50mm f1.8 / Kodak TRI-X 400 / The FINDLab

 

 

Olympus OM1 / 50mm f1.8 / Kodak TRI-X 400 / The FINDLab

 

 

Olympus OM1 / 50mm f1.8 / Kodak TRI-X 400 / The FINDLab

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! Up next, I have some shots from my Mamiya 645 1000s. I did some experimenting with pushing TRI-X 400 to 1600. I shot at night and in conditions with low light. I really like the results!

 

 

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7 Responses

  1. aukje
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    Cool idea! I really like the dog.

  2. Csilla
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    I love this new series! Such a cool idea! 🙂

    Isn’t it weird taking photos of people? What if they get annoyed? How do you handle this? I’m asking because I am sooo shy to do so. 🙂

    • Travis
      Travis
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      Generally speaking, if it is a truly candid shot, they never know you took their picture. That is what I strive to do, but it does not always work out that way. I started dabbling in street photography off and on about 4 years ago. I’ve only recently made it part of my general shooting. To this day, the only negative reaction I’ve gotten was a woman telling me to delete the picture. I just smiled and kept walking. If you do get caught, your best weapon to disarm your victim is a smile. Most people don’t want a confrontation, so a friendly gesture like a smile goes a long way to smooth things over. Sometimes after getting caught, I approach the person to give them a business card and talk about my photography. I’ve had some nice conversations doing this.

      The more I shoot people the less shy I become. Now on occasion, I ask for people’s portraits. I would never been able to do this years ago. Check out my ‘Face to Face’ series. The thing that got to me was seeing all the missed opportunities and kicking myself for not taking the shot. Studying other street photographer’s work, made me realize that I needed to work through my insecurities if I wanted to get the shot. My advice would be to just do it. Your shyness will dissolve over time.

      These days most people have become desensitized to cameras as everyone has one. It’s easy to blend in with everyone else. Your demeanor goes a long way, too. Don’t be sneaky. Walk around like you belong there with everyone else. I am by no means sexist, but from reading some forums about street photography, women seem to have it easier than men. Be careful! Street photography can be addictive. I’ve become very passionate about shooting the streets. There is just something about it that is exhilarating. You can shoot the same streets every day and the people will be different every time. Have you done any street work or planning too? Thank you for your likes and comments!!

      • Csilla
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        Well, most of the time I am trying to do street photography when I am travelling. That’s when I have enough time to sit down and enjoy people-watching. Also, observing people in a foreign country is a huge part of understanding their culture and way of life. Most of the time I am trying to capture their natural beauty without them noticing me, but sometimes I don’t succeed. The good scenario here is that they start posing with the peace sign. The bad scenario is that they become angry and start shouting. I experienced both, and the second version intimidated me a bit.

        Otherwise I haven’t had a chance to go out and do the same in London. London is the place where people always rush somewhere while they are trying to avoid the busy tourist areas. On those rare occasions when I do have time to sit down somewhere, I always find myself in a park goose-watching and squirrel-feeding. But maybe I should give it a go.

        Anyway, your photos always inspire me. 🙂

        • Travis
          Travis
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          Yikes! Shouting! That would intimidate me as well. Fortunately, I have not had that experience. I’m sure the more I shoot, the chances of that happening increases. Don’t let that discourage you. I believe the positives outweigh the negatives. I can tell you have a Great Eye! You also possess the most important tool of street photography, Observation! Observing your surroundings allow you to anticipate the scene and thus put yourself in the right place to catch that cool shot. With your eye, I believe it would be a shame if you did not give it a go. I appreciate your kind words!

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