NYC Street Photography – Part 1

I am striving to get to the point where I can go up to someone I find interesting and ask them to take their picture; to actually interact with them.  I’ve done it a few times but I want to become more fearless.  There are multiple thoughts about how to approach street photography.  Some go stealth mode (shoot from the hip or snap and go) while others get in there and actually learn about the person they are photographing.  For some reason it is easier for me to approach someone and say their baby or dog is adorable may I take their picture but the individual themselves? Not as easy unless it’s at an event then I have no problems; must keep trying.

As you can see, all of these photos were taken either snap and go or from the hip.  I like to think of shooting this way as real time photography, a slice of that moment in time.  The people are being themselves instead of being aware of the cameras presence which is when they – as is human nature – strike a typical pose for the camera. While that isn’t a bad thing, I am of the opinion that candid really shows the individual being themselves.  There is no right or wrong way to do street photography – there is only what you wish to capture.

There is a little story that goes with one image here.  While I was standing there in Central Park trying to figure out how best to get into position to take the photo of the night heron I was tapped on the shoulder and asked if I could take the photo of this group of friends.  Yeah, sure! They put down all of their shopping bags joking that they were gifts to me for taking their photo.  I joked back that I wanted the one checked shirt in the Bloomingdale’s bag.  After giving their camera back I asked if I could take their photo.  As I turned away after taking the shot one of them gave me his business card asking if I could send him the photo since I had a much better camera than his point and shoot.

So somewhere in Germany there is a photo of four friends visiting Central Park taken by me 🙂



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16 Responses to NYC Street Photography – Part 1

  1. Great post and great shots. I really enjoyed this.

  2. Cindi says:

    The story behind the photos — both of the German friends, and the “unsuspecting” ones — is so interesting! I do like the candid photos; they’re so HONEST.

  3. Great shots. I think the secret of street photography is to keep trying….just like anything else.

    • Yes indeedy! And keeping your eyes and mind open to see what is out there.

      • Street photography is a bit like fishing though…I always come back with the story of the “one that got away”. Two weeks ago a woman carrying a huge balloon bouquet pedaled by me on a bike while I looked in the other direction with my camera at my side.

      • Oh I hear you! That’s why it does take effort, practice, being away, quick on the draw and luck! There were many times when I saw someone cool but before I could lift the camera they’d be gone.

  4. DeDivahDeals says:

    Do you carry your business cards? If so,when you see someone you want to photograph, give them a card, tell them you are a photographer, and ask if you can take their pic. If they agree, tell them to follow your blog to see their pictures. You will increase your readership and gain more exposure to you and your blogging business.

  5. I love candid photos! They are my favorite…especially of my kids! :)-Ashley

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m learning just how much fun street photography can be. Of course, it’s all about location, location, location. 🙂

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