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Is this photo candid?   1 comment

Is it candid photo when photographer uses models to create impression of the real life? The great example is the famous story of “Kiss at the Hôtel de Ville”, by Robert Doisneau. Unfortunately, I don’t have my own picture to show because I don’t have money for models or actors.

Is it candid picture of the people who make pose for somebody else’s camera? I don’t know. Here is my photo take on it.

How about taking picture of the people with their photographer? Well. This is, obviously, candid picture  of photographer.

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Accidental details   1 comment

It is very common for the street picture to have some details by pure chance. Photographer did not have time to notice them and he paid attention to something else. These details could make image stronger or weaker depending on your luck. Sometimes accidental details create or destroy whole composition.
I walked along Millennium Park in Chicago. I’ve seen children play in fountain and made a quick shot. I did not have another chance because some tourist moved to my frame. Image of children playing with water became cliché. Yes, they are cute and there is a lot of movement. I did not have much hope for this image but when I looked at home I’ve noticed woman on background. I’ve cropped to have only children and lonely figure of a woman. Woman’s gaze created another meaning of the whole photo. This is was very lucky detail.

Random Shot   1 comment

What is the chance that you like absolutely random shot? I would guess that chance is very low but it is not zero.

Before starting my walk with infrared camera I always make one random shot with the most contrast to check histogram.  I do it often with visible light as well.  When  I looked at this test exposure image I liked it.  I feel some jazzy composition in its chaos.  I would never take it on purpose.

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Focus in candid street photography   4 comments

If you are interested in the street photography you already know basic techniques of focusing

  • Hyperfocal distance
  • Zone focusing
  • Autofocus

There is no reason for me to explain concepts of Depth of Field (DOF) and hyperfocal distance in this topic. Internet and many books have plenty of useful information in any level of details.

When I use my Point&Shoot camera (Canon S90) most of the time there is no need to be concerned about focusing.  This camera has such deep DOF that only very special circumstances make me think about changing my focus settings. Effectively, Point&Shoot always has hyperfocal distance or very close to it.

I don’t use hyperfocal distance with my DSLR camera unless my composition demands focus to infinity. Control of DOF with  selective focusing is the basic method in the photography to direct viewer attention. As another big bonus, large aperture allows using fast shutter.

I use combination of zone focusing and autofocus. Before I make the shot, camera is always prefocused for predicted distance.  If I decide to use viewfinder there is always option to use autofocus (with separate AF button). Modern lenses with quick shift make this mode of operation very convenient. My older favorites don’t have quick shift so I prefocus them pointing to some boring object. To use autofocus photographer has to understand its intricacies and limitations.  Don’t focus by pointing to the smooth wall and, probably, forget about autofocus when it is dark or other special conditions.  Many photographic sights are the great source of information about autofocus.

Don’t settle on one-fits-all rule. Find your own style to take your best pictures.

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Candid street photography in Morocco with Pentax K-5 and 21mm f/3.2

Pentax 70 mm f/2.4 DA Limited for Candid Street Photography

Pentax 14mm f/2.8 for Candid Street Photography

Canon S90 for Candid Street Photography

Why is the candid photography unique?

Candid mini-serieses   2 comments

Many photographers, probably intuitively, are looking for the same themes on the street. They look for candid situations with high chance of success to get interesting image. I have mine mini-serieses as well.

Bus stops

ObaMania

Infrared candid street photography   1 comment

There is nothing different between infrared and visible light in terms of candid photography techniques or composition.

It is very popular to use infrared photography for landscape or cityscape. Infrared light dramatically changes tonality of grass, tree leaves and sky giving picture sometimes surreal quality.

In candid photography infrared was popularized by Weegee. He used infrared flash to take pictures in the total darkness. I don’t use a flash, even invisible one.

As a candid photographer I like infrared for unusual tonality of the skin and cloth. Infrared gives contrast to the image that is impossible to achieve using visible light.

When sun is in zenith of the clear sky, it is absolutely the worst time for taking visible light pictures and it is usually the best for infrared shooting.

All pictures are taken by converted to infrared Pentax *istDS with Pentax-DA 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL

Fez tannery with 70mm   Leave a comment

Fez tannery is the only place in Morocco where I chose telephoto 70mm instead of the wide angle 21mm. We were escorted to the elevated balcony. Taking pictures from the top is not ideal for candids but using camera’s viewfinder and having freedom to wait for interesting moment was very refreshing after close range of the Fez alleys.

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Candid street photography in Morocco with Pentax K-5 and 21mm f/3.2

Pentax 70 mm f/2.4 DA Limited for Candid Street Photography