Dynamic Symmetry, Classic Grids and Street Photography

The story within the image

My style of working the street usually results in me capturing the story and a lot more. Afterward in post, the story I originally saw may not jump out at me. It takes some manipulation for it to re-emerge. Read More…

Depth of field and sensor size. Is there a relationship?

The answer is no. there is no relationship between sensor size and depth of field. It's the focal length of the lens that matters.

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Commercial Fishing Fleet

The Port Dover fishing never fails to provide some interesting subjects. Read More…

My Photographic Workflow

Workflow is a big subject in videography but I don't hear or read much chatter about it for still photography, so I thought it might be a worthwhile effort to devote some space to the subject.

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Picking the right camera for the street

Virtually any camera can be used for the street, but some work better than others. Whether we set out to buy a camera for street photography or pick one out of our existing stable, which one is best for us? That's a question that each photographer has to answer for themselves as no one can answer it for you. Read More…

Posing problems

When reading some of the better writings on street photography, I frequently run across criticisms of posing people in the street. Read More…

I think I'm going to have to create a "Car Servicing" gallery

Seems like these days I only get to downtown Hamilton when the car needs some servicing. Here's a few images from today. Read More…

Wrestling with how much gear to bring to the street

It's always a challenge to go minimalist and still pick the right gear. I don't like going out draped in gear and lugging a heavy bag. Read More…

Henri Cartier-Bresson and tilt screens

Cartier-Bresson was a classically trained painter who became a Surrealist, then a photojournalist. The street images that he is best known for, were usually created by his picking a compositionally interesting location and then letting life walk into the frame. Read More…

Pedestrian Density and Focal Length

When we're reading the stories of street photographers, we inevitably get to the part where they talk about their favourite focal length of lens for their photography. I get that. Everyone has their favourites based the way the lens lets them see the world.
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Zone Focusing and Manual Lenses

I'm sure that many street photographers use Zone Focusing so that they can rapidly shoot subjects without the need to first focus or be subject to the whims and vagaries of auto focus. It's a technique I use all of the time. Read More…

Whimsy

I can't always be serious with my photography. Sometimes I just have to play around and have some fun. Read More…

Waist level, hip, chest or eye - where I end up holding the camera

It really doesn't matter how we end up taking our shot as long as it is framed well. Read More…

Instinctive Shooting

This is probably the toughest thing I've had to do in photography - to let go my analytical, linear brain and shoot on instinct.
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The gear I use

Out of all the photographic genres in existence, it can be persuasively argued that in street photography, the nature of our camera equipment is of the least importance. Read More…

What to Shoot?

Toughest question in street photography. The wrong answer is to blast away and hope for the best. Read More…

Settings and Method

Often the first question about a photo is about f stop and aperture. While important, these settings didn't make the shot. I'd rather recast the question and put it in the context of how I work.
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Art Gallery of Hamilton Street Photography Walking Tour

Back on July 28th, 2018 I took the AGH walking tour conducted by Monique Campbell. I highly recommend this three hour program, and Monique, for anyone who wants to get their feet wet with street photography. Read More…

The things I had to re-learn

After I retired in 2011, I decided to keep busy through my fishing business, but it wasn't enough. I had dabbled in landscape for decades, so I went back down that road once more.

Didn't have fun. Read More…

Servicing my car helps my photography

I get my SUV serviced on the mountain in Hamilton. It can be a long, boring time sitting in a waiting room, so instead I pack a camera. Read More…

Style in Street Photography

Don't have one yet, but maybe I'll grow one. Read More…

Crop? Straighten? Post Process? or not.

I'm definitely of two minds on this issue: whether it is better to present what we saw and captured, or to work on it in post. Read More…

Welcome to my new website

Finally I have launched it!

Though it's taken me a while and a few unsatisfactory attempts, I'm satisfied with the look of this one. Read More…