I was not at all comfortable few months back, but whom you are walking with will change your inhibitions. Veeresh (HW) and Chennai friend Jerry changed my perspectives. Shooting in the crowd is more difficult as its tough to make friendly gestures in a crowd, also one has to be very careful about camera and lenses. Isolated subjects on a street is very easy, smile, talk, shoot and show them what you shot, they will be happy to pose more, unless its a young girl whose father is around, you will be lucky if you can get away with your camera . Another professional advise I like to share from a world famous people photographer: Be part of the crowd, dress like them, talk their language, spend time around so you become one of them. Rest will be easy with the camera !
Originally Posted by HellwratH
Shaju makes a very very important point about dressing up and talking their language etc. Everyone has a circle of fear, so you need to be careful when you get too close. Don't get scared, but build a rapport and you'll see how friendly people are. Infact, about 7-8 months back when we had gone to a small town near Hesarghatta (where Shaju got an awesome photo of a little girl and called it "Hope"), the people there were very generous to us. I didn't shoot anything because I just wanted to hang out and talk to them. In the end, one man was kind enough to take us to his small farm and treat us with Guavas. I had a feeling, he would ask for money, but no, he said he just wanted us to feel like guests. These experiences want to make you go and shoot more. And yes, always spend time talking to them as they are curious to know what you're upto. And yes be prepared to answer the question "Why do you want to photogrpah me/us?, Are you a reporter?" . I have given weirdest answers to such questions and yes, talking the local language always helps . Hope, some of this helps you.
Originally Posted by evo8
Yep totally agree on this one. Street photography lets you explore and you get meet a lot of interesting folks. It lets you enjoy a place and all you need to do is keep walking. I have been confronted by political parties, Cops, general people but mostly think Im a journalist, also I delete the picture if someone is not comfortable with that. One suggestion is dont whip the camera out immediately on the location. Typically in markets, Just hang around there, initiate a discussion, make people around that place comfortable and mainly let them know you are harmless.
Thanks a ton for your valuable advise guys! Will try to get into it. Language wise, I don't have a problem in Karnataka. Can talk fluently in all flavors of Kannada. Guess people do not take me as a friendly person at first glance. Will try and improve on that :-)
Will try and make friends with people who already are into street photography. Guess that makes things more easier.
One more question on this. Currently I'm in U.S. Any idea how do people react to photography in U.S.? I have never tried here too but seems to me that people are more forgiving than India. Is my assumption correct?
Originally Posted by HellwratH
Some more Vegas baby
Taken from the bridge connecting New York New York and MGM Grand right? I have a very similar photo. Only difference is that mine is slightly more wide angle. So the Zumanity ad has come into the pic. Taken on 17-Jan-2011.
v&v all the shots have been taken with a wide angle and the CPL was on. Just that I hadn't PP'd the last image's RAW much.
dry_ice thanks and most of these places are ghost towns where people have abandoned their houses and moved to the city for a better living.
A shot of the Atlantic Ocean after our trip to the Cliff's of Moher.We were plain unlucky while at the Cliff's of Moher,reach the top only to be greeted with a thick blanket of cloud. So had to drive further south and be satisfied with this view.
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@Riju, loved the photograph of the house. Lovely colors of the lawn and overall.
About the Church shot in your previous post, had you moved a bit towards left and let the tree not blocking the view of the top of Church then it would've probably looked better. Liked the 3rd shot of that post.
@Dry_Ice, those were some really beautiful images of Waynad. Please do share more.
And here are a few from Waynad from my side. Bit old shots, from 2008 and I hope that I've not shared them before ..
@cruiser: Thats some sky you captured there!! Liked the 2nd one more!
@kaushik: Super shots! I have a similar one of the road, will upload soon
@chethan: I feel if the complete 'reflection' of the cube is included, it would look better. Just a thought!
Thanks Pawan and Dry_Ice. The 2nd shot was actually taken from inside of my car. It was raining that time and I didn't had my rain-cover that time. So just took the shot from the car only. Luckily it came out good.
Some more pics from my recent trip to Assam and Meghalaya,
We saw a nice Sunset at Barapani(Umium) Lake,
Another shot of the Sunset, to give a wider view of the scenery around..
This is from a historical Man-made lake near my home, it's called Jaysagar Pukhuri and you can see a temple on the other side,