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…

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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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…

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…

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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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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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.

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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…