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

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'.


s.c said...

Thats quite an explanation Bill but it works. For me especially in the last two. Such a wall only in England.

Bill Wellham said...

Thanks S.C. Your comments always appreciated.