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Mjollnir
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« on: January 23, 2013, 08:25:48 AM »
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My first street shot, taken some time ago, at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Ivar.  One of only two I've ever taken, which is going to change, since I live in Hollywood, on Hollywood Blvd., and can't always get out to the Owens Valley, Yosemite, etc...

Processed from a .jpg from an old Panny FS7.  Man, did I love that camera.


Hollywood Farmer's Market, Brother & Sister by tanngrisnir3, on Flickr
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 08:52:31 AM »
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It's a really cute shot, No Real Name Given. It tells a story, which makes it documentary, and in this case quite good documentary. The thing that would make it a street shot would be a sense of ambiguity. Keep shooting, but more importantly get your hands on some books of photographs by the masters of street, people like Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Ronis, Brassaï, Erwitt, Riboud, Frank, Friedlander, etc., and study them. I'm not suggesting you try to copy what these they've done, that's impossible, but absorbing their work will give you a sense of what makes a street photograph different from a snapshot or reportage. I suspect that if you keep working at this you'll find it's more enjoyable than anything else you can do with a camera.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 04:48:02 PM »
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It's a really cute shot, No Real Name Given. It tells a story, which makes it documentary, and in this case quite good documentary. The thing that would make it a street shot would be a sense of ambiguity. Keep shooting, but more importantly get your hands on some books of photographs by the masters of street, people like Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Ronis, Brassaï, Erwitt, Riboud, Frank, Friedlander, etc., and study them. I'm not suggesting you try to copy what these they've done, that's impossible, but absorbing their work will give you a sense of what makes a street photograph different from a snapshot or reportage. I suspect that if you keep working at this you'll find it's more enjoyable than anything else you can do with a camera.

Thanks!  I was pleased with the random luck that the bagel matched the shoes, but you're right; it's not really street photography in the sense of those luminaries you mentioned.

It's more like 'photograph taken while around a lot of people who happened to be on the street'.
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