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07-20-2020, 09:04 PM - 1 Like   #16
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Walk around or stay in place? Both. "Street photography" can mean different things to different people, so my reply is in the context of unposed photos with people in them, rather than posed portraits or urban architecture.

Stay in place: This is what I do when I find a good scene due to lighting or the setting. I'll think about the shot I want, compose, keep the camera away from my face, then snap as people walk through the scene. The 1st photo below is an example of waiting.

Walk around: I see much more when I walk. That gives me more opportunities for inspiration, I see more architecture and other things as I move, and I can do some photography while commuting. My technique for shooting while walking is wide angle lens, manually focus around 8 feet in front of me before I start walking, stop down to get extra depth of field, and pick a very fast shutter speed. TAv mode works well for that. See 2nd photo for example.







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Same as shooting birds really. Can go for a walk and shoot what you see..... can stake out a flowering bush.... from a pre determined perspective to make the most of light, background etc.... and wait for birds.... etc etc I like to mix it up.... generally I look for the possibility of that one extra element (at least) over normal or good.

The dog looking in sync with owner was the +1 for this shot (for me)


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It's both. You walk around but over time keep coming back to the same spots at different times of the day. Soon monotony gives way to more acute observation whether it's the light or people's routines or local characters. You make mental notes about what might be worth coming back to. Almost all the photos I've taken in the last two months have been in my neighbourhood and within a dog's walk radius of where I live. This is more by necessity than by design. It's photography in a time of plague.
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Thanks for all your contribution, it is very various but illuminating to me. I will give a try and shoot more photos to get know the street snapshoot.

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I think this question again and get an analog. To be a hunter or a fisherman in the streets. Thanks all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lpviva Quote
I think this question again and get an analog. To be a hunter or a fisherman in the streets. Thanks all.
That sounds Zen-like to me, since hunting and fishing can both be done by moving around, or staying in one spot for hours.

Fishing on a boat is a good example. If you're catching fish, stay where you are. If you're not catching fish, move.
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Here is one that I waited for after picking a spot:



This one grabbed my eye while walking around:



There is no hard and fast answer. It all depends on whether the fish are biting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lpviva Quote
To be a hunter or a fisherman in the streets.
Good analogy. Many of the traits for hunting and fishing lend themselves to street photography.

Whether walking or waiting, one needs to be observant of the activities and attitudes of the people in an area. Oftentimes, I walk about, and stop when I notice activities or locations where people might be encountered.
The value of waiting and observing allows one get used to the rhythms of people moving in and area, and to anticipate the moment when a good image can be captured.

There are many threads for street photos, there is also a Pentax Forums Street Photography group that is always ready for new images

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QuoteOriginally posted by lpviva Quote
Walking around or stay in one place to snapshoot on streets
I tend to find a suitable location and then let the scene develop in front of me... but move after a wee while, cos there's always a better location just waiting to be found.
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For the most part I just move around. When I do see a good spot that is worth hanging around, I only take a few shots and move on.
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