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:


s.c said...

Great theme and shots Bill. The girl in the first one has a kind of walk i only know from the comic books from Crumb. Your legs are before the rest of you. Really great one.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Wonderful competitions. The last one really stands out...colors look amazing there :)

Michael Gatton said...

Nice series Bill, and I like your approach to shooting these. I am constantly thinking about this (scoping out a location and waiting for something interesting to happen) but never have the patience for it. Anyway, I agree the color one is striking because the both the bold colors and the whimsical alphabet blocks (upon closer inspection that's a cool optical illusion there too.)

Nicola Albon said...

Nice idea, Bill. The architecture is interesting anyway and the people passing through the frame gives them an interesting dimension.

Love all the texture of the different surfaces in the black and white especially.

roamingpursuits said...

Cool images of people juxtaposed with the walls.