Capturing scenes similar to the photo below can and will become second nature, your brain will take over triggering muscle memory bringing the camera up to eye level, compose, shoot and move whilst constantly observing the unfolding scene before you to capture the next moment, and street or documentary photography is filled with these types of moments.
Photographing protests can be a fast paced environment with constantly changing light and very little time to review the images you have captured. The photo below is one of those little gems that wasn’t realised until the memory cards had been downloaded and edited. This can at times, feel as though the scene is being viewed for the very first time resulting in an ‘Oh My’ moment.
This leaves me to ask, what did I see that caused muscle memory to take over and capture the scene. Was it the way the young lady is holding the sign and didn’t even look in my direction or is it something else.
Maybe she is being silently judged by the older woman over her right shoulder or the young woman further back who is also looking on in the same direction.
Every photo is open to interpretation by the viewer and there has been some of that on my behalf, the older woman could have been looking at me taking the photo!
I’m curious, what do you see?
Until next time, happy shooting
This is typical of the majority of the Filipinos who allowed me to take their photo, they were smiling, happy and always willing to have their photos taken and with a thumbs up
She was not shy in begging for money and every time I pointed the camera at her she shied away from being photographed until I held money next to the camera. As quick as I handed it over, it was gone and so was she.
Security is everywhere in the Philippines and probably for good reason, they are in the shopping centres, hotel lobbies and on street corners and I will admit, it can be just a little scary asking to photograph someone with a weapon, you just never know which way it may go but he was more than happy to have his photo taken.
I hope you have enjoyed the series from the Philippines. It’s definitely a place I would visit again in the future. If you have enjoyed it please leave a like or a comment below and if you want to see the next series, hit the subscribe button.
Until next time, Happy Shooting
The Filipino people are a friendly bunch and most are smiling when asked if they minded having their photo taken, and these two were no different.
They were waiting for a taxi fare but all they got was their photos taken.
Thanks for dropping by.
Not all photos work out every time the shutter is pressed, usually for a variety of reasons like trying to shoot in manual mode whilst shooting street and adjusting settings on the fly including manual focusing. It’s not only difficult but takes quite a lot of practice to master. There are loads of photographic opportunities to capture some great street photos in Davao City, Philippines but it’s not the time or the place to practice.
And that’s what happened in this photo. The two uniformed women were in stark contrast to their surroundings, but they noticed me adjusting camera settings providing ample opportunity to shy away as the shutter was pressed.
To be honest, this photo is a personal favourite. It reminds me that its OK to make mistakes and not every photo has to be perfect. Just enjoy getting out and taking photos, something we’re currently not allowed to do.
For those celebrating. Happy Easter. Until next time…….
This photo was taken almost 4 years ago in Davao City, Philippines and at the time I would thought it was somewhat odd to be wearing masks such as his. How things have changed and now we’re being told to wear masks every time we venture out.
Until next time……..
Oh, before I forget, click on the photo (link to Flickr) if you would like to see a high-resolution version.
A number of photographers inspire me with their photography style, and one photographer’s style stands out. Allan Schaller is an amazing black and white street photographer creating images that play with light and contrast resulting in clean, crisp and incredibly well composed framed images. His style of street photography drags me in with every photo finding it hard to not get up and go and shoot.
Quickly realising that Tel Aviv, Israel was going to be an amazing location for street photography had me deciding, at least attempt to shoot in a similar style. There was never going to be any hope that I could create similar images however I did try and see the light and contrast in each and every composition with a black and white edit in mind.
Overall I spent a week in Tel Aviv, Israel creating photos each morning and afternoon and did come away with some memorable images but I also learnt a lot. Firstly Allan’s style takes a lot of work and that is obvious in his work. I also learnt not everyone in Israel is keen on street photography so you need to exercise caution but the beach in Tel Aviv is heaven for street photographers. If you would like to see more street photos from Tel Aviv, you can find them here
Let me know in the comments below who inspires you to get out and create photographs
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting blogs to read and 2020 will be no different but today I want to share with you three blogs that produce great content and have kept me coming back throughout 2019. They are different from others and are a pleasure to view their photographs but to also read and be inspired or question why you have so much gear.
The first blog is all about street photography, which does not only interest me but also comes with many challenges, physical and technical not to mention the fear of photographing people you do not know however there is one person who has conquered many of those challenges. Pagepics, curated by Chris Page, is about his trials and tribulations overcoming the challenges he has faced whilst pursuing the art of street photography. Chris also discusses some of the challenges he faces and provides tips when making street photographs, in particular in new cities and environments. Chris’s blog is also a space where he showcases an ever-increasing body of work and its always a pleasure to follow his work.
On occasions, we photographers hit creative blocks which prevent you from making great photographs and the next blog is the place I go to be inspired or challenged. Frank Jansen’s blog titled Dutch Goes the Photo has a weekly challenge called the Tuesday Photo Challenge with themes that will provide that bit of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing again. The Tuesday Photo Challenge has definitely helped jump start my photography after putting the camera down.
Dan from 35Hunter raises many questions and discusses a wide variety of subjects from why you should continue to blog to just using one camera a month. His frequent posts force you to reconsider all the photographic equipment sitting idle and inspires you to try a different approach to your photography. Dan also doesn’t like “likes” and to the point, he has disabled the like button on his blog. Dan would rather you leave a comment creating discussion around the subject, which is not an easy task with social media platforms having a like button everywhere. So if you after conversation, be engaged and read thought-provoking content, check out his blog. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I did in 2019 and I ask if you have any blogs that you really enjoy and follow regularly, please drop a link in the comments below so I can follow their photographic journey.
Until next time, happy shooting.
It’s been a few weeks since the last Friday Snap was published and it’s all down to life that has started to be become busier and busier in the lead up to the Christmas period. Yes, that’s right Christmas is not far away and just think that there is less than 90 days left in this decade!
On to The Friday Snap, this fine gentleman was walking through Cardiff CBD and I stopped him and asked to take his photo. He was on his way pretty quick so I’ll never know why he was dressed as he was.
Until next time, Happy Friday and have a good weekend.
I did something that I’m not proud of and I still feel guilty about it.
I might have well worn a bright red shirt emblazoned in bold lettering across the front “Westerner” because as I stood out like a sore thumb. Everyone stared or looked at me longer than necessary. This was Davao city, home of the President of the Phillipines which had been labelled as one of the most dangerous cities due to the countries war on drugs however, what I found was entirely different to what the worlds media was reporting.
Everyone who I interacted with were the opposite to how they had been portrayed, they were normal people trying to make their way in life. Pay bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads and make sure their kids get an education. Pretty much like the rest of us except for two old ladies that I tried to photograph.
They saw me, I saw them and I had already decided that I was going to take their photo but every time I brought the camera up to eye level, they both turned away from me so I couldn’t see their faces, but when the camera was lowered they had their hands out wanting money.
This went on for several minutes and what seemed the only way to capture an image was to surrender and give them money. So with 20 pesos in one hand and the camera in the other I managed to capture this shot and I tried to photograph the other woman but she wasn’t having anything to do with it and continued to turn away from the camera when pointed in her direction.
The 20 Pesos quickly vanished into thin air and again they both asked for money however neither were going to allow me to take another photo. Turning to walk away I noticed that I had been watched by a woman, who was well dressed and had a look of scorn on her face. In any language I knew, in her books what I had done was wrong and I shouldn’t have handed over any money nor should I have taken their photo. She didn’t say anything as I passed but the feeling of her stare drilling holes in my back as I walked away is not something that is easy to forget.
To this day, I’m not sure why but there is lingering guilt over paying the 20 pesos, this might be due to the scorn from the local woman or something else. I don’t think I’ll ever know.
What do you think, Is my guilt about paying money justified?
We all have them, a favourite photo or two and I’m no different except that I seem to have so many favourites it becomes very hard to choose however after several days of much deliberation I have managed to pick my top 5 photos of 2018.
Sony A7 – ISO 800 S/S – 1/60 A – f/4.5
Wandering through the old quarters of Jersulam I spotted this old guy sitting quietly in a plastic chair. The light just fell across his body which made him stand out even more in a poorly lit room. Asking if he minded if I took his photo he nodded his head in a No motion and I managed to capture two images. My regret is that I did not take long enough to compose the image properly ultimately leaving details out like his walking cane which may have added more detail to the photo.
Nikon D810 – ISO 800 S/S – 800 A – f/11
The winner, Italo Ferreira of the Rip Curl Surf Pro Comp at Bells Beach, Victoria won the emotional event however the crowd was there to see Australias favourite surfer, Mick Fanning’s last ride as a professional surfer ending a long surfing career.
Sony A7 – ISO 64 S/S 1/400s A – f/4
Asking his humans if I could take a photo of their dog they said that he wouldn’t come near me but he did exactly that and walked straight up to me letting me take his photo. Maybe he was looking for a sniff, a lick, a pat or maybe some food but he was pretty happy that he was out for a walk with his humans.
Sony A7 – ISO 64, S/S 1/50s A – f/7.1
These three gents stood out from the rest of the crowd on The Beach in Tel Aviv. After downloading and viewing the files I couldn’t help but give the photo the title of Three Amigos and the photo had to be in Black and White. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the middle guy trying to wave me off but by the time he had done that I had already taken two.
Samsung Note 8 – Camera app Default Setting
The Yellow bus had me standing in the one spot waiting patiently for over 30 minutes so I could snap it passing underneath the corner of the building. Sometimes the best camera you have is your smartphone and I did get some much needed exercise walking around Hong Kong Airport while waiting for a connecting flight.
Would enjoy seeing your favourite photos of 2018 so please leave link to photo in the comments section.