Street Photography taken in Alba, Piemonte, Italy. Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snatch a quick shot of this wonderful old character; an archetypal street image. Portrait & Landscape Photography
Thought I’d set myself a new goal; tackling street photography. On the face of it it sounds very simple and straight forward doesn’t it? And I’m sure that it is possible to walk around surreptitiously capturing images unbeknownst to the suspecting public particularly with a lovely long lens. But unless you happen to be in one of the big cities like London, where tourists with cameras are at every turn, people tend to be a bit suspicious of someone aiming a camera lens at them. And unaccustomed as I am to approaching complete strangers to ask to take their picture, this is to be my challenge over the coming weeks. On my first adventure I accompanied my good friend and fellow photographer, Yvonne Lishman – for a bit of moral support and all that! Here are the results of my endeavours from yesterday.
Regular viewers will know that from time to time I do ‘test’ shoots with aspiring models. Last week was another such occasion when I got together with some friends for a location shoot with the lovely Elizabeth. Sneinton Market is not an area of Nottingham you might immediately think of to photograph, but it does provide a great variety of backdrops, and all within about a 50 feet radius.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth again, who coped admirably with the cold conditions and never once complained. I’d also like to thank her two friends who came along to do hair and makeup and offer their support – they were great fun and a joy to meet. And so here are my favourite images from the afternoon to which I’ve just added creative borders for that finishing touch.
This is a shot I took whilst on a day trip to London, late November last year. I was walking from the Natural History Museum to the V&A when I spotted these bicycles. I was drawn to the scene partly because of the light, and the autumn leaves strewn across the pavement, but mostly because of the mix of bicycles ie. I loved that there were some old fashioned ones with baskets on the front, hinting back to a bygone era.
I shot from a normal standing position at about a 45 degree angle; this perspective gives the impression of depth to the photo, drawing the eye in towards the lone figure down the street. This was shot on F4 at 1/250, ISO 80. In Photoshop I simply enhanced some of the colours just a tad, and added the film rebate border to finish off.