Archive for the ‘Candid photography’ Tag

Nashville – Robert’s Western World   Leave a comment

We decided to spend our weekend in Nashville. It  is my first time in home of country music.  I know nothing about country music but having enough whiskey how bad can it be?  After bar crawl we end up two evenings (going to the nights) in Robert’s Western World. They have really the best music and crowd for me. Had several photo and bourbon (Wild Turkey) shots. By some reason I’ve got some rather intense portraits.  This is kind of strange because we all had great fun.

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This guy is, probably, very famous.  Almost all knew him. We, obviously, had no idea. If you know him, please, reply in this blog. I am just very curious.

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This is part of Nashville bar strip. Robert’s is the middle.

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Nice Lady of LaRouche   Leave a comment

Looking at this candid shot of the nice, cheerful  LaRouche supporter you would think that she wants your donations for some charitable cause. You would never guess about wild mix of ideas that this group propagates. They hate Obama but Franklin D. Roosevelt is their demigod. They are afraid of fascism (picturing Obama as Hitler) but they like Stalin. They fight for freedom and strongly support Putin’s rule in Russia. Picture is deceiving.

Occupy Chicago Protest   4 comments


It is easy to notice Occupy Protest when you work in financial district. Even if  you don’t agree with different signs or speeches you can have fun to take pictures in really unusual situation. My goal was to avoid politics and to try taking images in the timeless street photography style.

Political signs are important part of the story and I can not ignore them.

I  became interested in a way how kids are involved in these protests. I can not get over from the feeling that this is not the place for children to play games with often offensive and aggressive proclamations. But … I can be wrong.

Just one block from protests I’ve noticed woman with the sign that she is looking for a job. This was striking contrast from protest’s demands for entitlements.   If I had any power to hire her I would do it.

I did not take so many pictures as many other photographers that covered Occupy Protests. But considering my general low productivity this was great opportunity for shooting.

For more images, please go to Occupy Chicago

Project based candid photography   Leave a comment

Photographers often discuss about merits to have project or just do random walk during street shooting. I am a random walker. I constantly move from one place to another being alert to any opportunity for my shot.

Recently I had interesting experience in project based photography. My boss asked me to make some images for our company website. My professional responsibility has no relation to the photography or any fine art for that matter. My hobby is well known in our office and I’ve got my project.

Besides shooting in the office, I took some pictures about building.  This is the famous Chicago CBOT building that has a lot of action and interesting architecture.  To have project is unusual for me experience. I was constrained by the place and I had to explore every situation.  It is hard to say whether good shot is the product of the pure luck or having project really helps.

Why do Jews fight against their own interests?   Leave a comment

Once you cross gray area between candid street and documentary photography it is easy to get political. I could not restrain myself to avoid rhetorical question – “Why do Jews fight against their own interests?”

For more food for though use links:
Why Are Jews Liberals?
Orthodox Jews are Opposed To A Zionist State 

Boston candid portraits   Leave a comment

I’ve spent weekend with my family in Boston. Boston is nice city with very good food. I made only few meaningful shots but I’ve got three very different portraits.

Shallow depth of field with foreground “framing” makes this composition.

I like dramatic movement with the blur that is, probably, from slight out of focus. Actually, I have another one that is very sharp but it looks static for me.

Absolutely calm portrait in the darkish restaurant setting. It is sharp across the frame.

Candid street photography as gambling   3 comments

By understanding relationship between the candid street photography and gambling we can answer many related questions. In gambling and in street photography you “invest” time and money. The major loss in candid photography and gambling is your opportunity loss to spend time in more rewarding way. Success in gambling and candid street photography can be achieved only by mixture of talent and pure luck.

Q. All photographers compete for attention, money or honor. Why does photography with such low entry requirements have free “how to” information available with no strings attached?
A.  Because information does not make you better photographer. By learning and doing photography you feed The System.  Very few of us have talent that would allow competing with professionals  but meantime education encourages us to pay for books, read advertisements and buy equipment.

Q. Why do people flood each other with so many bad images?
A. Investment on every image is extremely small so it is easy to make bet for some glory.  Most of us take good picture once in a while by pure chance. Streak of luck makes us feel as a genius. Lucky moments we remember much better then millions of failures and hours of wasted time. Positive reinforcement pushes us to do more shooting. Our real loss is the totality of all missed possibilities, time and money that we spend for this pursue.

Q. Why some people cannot stop buying equipment? Do we really need 3 cameras and 20 lenses to make good shot?
A. When photographers experience persistent bad luck (bad streaks) or got bored they can exhibit irrational behavior (going on tilt). There is only one remedy for this. Photographer has to admit this problem and reevaluate the basic strategy.

Q. Why the majority of photos (good but especially bad) are taken during good weather, interesting locations, or in the bars?
A. Most of us intuitively understand the concept of hedging. Hedging is the idea to get at least something in one thing for a loss of another.  It is essential strategy in the most popular gambling activity – financial trading.  At least photographer can enjoy walking, sights or cocktail when nothing valuable in terms of imaging comes to his way. Much more people would like to get soaked in the rain if this would guarantee great picture.

Give me more questions and I will happily explain them.

Related topics
What is “the candid photography of strangers”?
Why is the candid photography unique?