I've been wanting to try my hand at street photography for a while. It's so intimidating, that I've been putting it off for quite some time. Now that I'm only working one day a week and haven't been getting any business, I decided that this was the perfect time to dive in.
Or slowly tip-toe in. Either way...
Last week, I dragged my dear friend Steven downtown for a photo walk. Me with my Minolta x-700, he with his Canon Rebel dSLR.
Eric Kim says that "street photography is 80% [courage] and 20% skill." I'm still working on that courage but I was determined to muster up the courage to take photos of strangers.
I just started out by just taking photos of things that caught my eye.
The first thing I saw that caught my eye was this red dress in the Clothing Warehouse display. Gorgeous. And she can't tell me to not take her picture.
Then we walked past this construction. My first photo of strangers. Poorly metered, but it's only my 2nd roll with this very manual camera. I'll get it right next time. :)
Something frustrating about film. I can't just snap and snap until I get it right! I wish I had slowed down to recompose this shot. After I took it, it's not like I can check how it turned out afterwards. I like this picture, but it definitely could have been better.
Shooting from the hip, just to try it. Everything is in decent enough focus, so I'd say this was a success. It would be better if it was a compelling image.
I sat down in the middle of the bridge to take this photo. Steven looked at me like I was an idiot...so I guess I'm getting more comfortable looking a bit strange for the sake of photography! (I think that's his elbow in the upper left corner.)
The rest of the photos were taken with my Minolta x-700 and a variety of lenses (35mm, 58mm, 135mm). This photo, however, was taken with a Kodak FunSaver disposable camera. And I really like it.
I know I tweeted about getting street portraits. Those are from another day and are coming. :)