Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Sidey

I often find myself composing street shots in a particular way.  I have named these images 'sideys'. The following image is a prime example of a sidey....

My sideys follow a few simple rules:
  • A side profile of a person walking.
  • A man-made background 'canvas'.
  • The person positioned off centre (possibly using rule of thirds)
  • The person often of an interesting character (in my opinion, of course)
  • A 'mid stride' walking stance is preferred, although not essential.
  • The image must be level and plumb.
  • No ugly plastic carrier bags, people eating, general untidiness.

I usually select the background location first, then patiently wait until interesting passers by enter my viewfinder.  I have always been interested in architecture anyway, so I am always looking for aesthetic backdrops. 

Here are four more sideys which follow my rules. Three in my preferred black and white, and the last one in colour:

Sunday, 9 November 2014

From the hip

Here's some shots all with one thing in common...   They're all 'from the hip'. It's interesting how an everyday person about town can become quite imposing and larger than life, when the image taken from a lower angle.  The first two are both taken from around 2 metres, and I still don't really like to hold a camera in someones face as they walk by; so shooting from a lower angle is a good way to not draw attention to your actions. The results can be quite effective.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Brick lane - Part 6

Back to London's fashionable Brick Lane.  This is still one of my favourite places to explore with a camera.  My previous posts will introduce Brick Lane to you, together with a few series of images.

Brick Lane - Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

These were all taken during the week when the street is quiet, as opposed to the busy market weekends and all the associated followers of fashion.

My aim in street photography is to combine images of people and interesting backgrounds.  I always maintain a wide depth of field, which ensures the backdrop is focused. I also feel it is important to maintain a straight composition, with straight verticals and horizontals; and allow the perspective of architecture to create depth and structure. I am no fan of street photography which has been randomly taken without any consideration of aligment of background. Although I am not driven by all the standard rules of photography; I believe the old 'rule of thirds' is important. When composing shots, I do try my best to position the subject in the correct position; although this is not always possible, of course.

The last image falls under my catagory of 'sidey'.  Over the last year or so, I have composed many images using this style.  I find a backdrop which appeals to me; and wait for the subject to step into the canvas. I use the viewfinder to ensure a near as perfect aligment as I can. I try to capture the subject about 'one third' (or less) into the image. The backdrops are nearly always architectural in form.  On my next post I will present a series of 'Sideys'.