Authors Posts by Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Spyros Papaspyropoulos

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Spyros Papaspyropoulos is passionate about Photography, especially Street Photography. Because of that passion he considers himself a Street Photographer. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile. He is co-founder of Street Hunters.

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Influential Street Photographers Updated

Update

After quite a few suggestions from you, the StreetHunters.net Readers, we added an extra section at the bottom of the post called “Influential Active Street Photographers recommended by our Readers”. Enjoy!


Introduction

During the past years Street Photography has become widely accepted as a form of art and expression. More and more people have learned to appreciate it and to understand how hard it is to get it right. The reason why Street Photography has become more mainstream is because of some influential few that have managed to spread the word about it through their style, their blogs, their videos and their constant sharing of their experiences. These few Street Photographers that share their ideas with the rest of the world, their methods and their passion for the art have transformed Street Photography into what it is today.

The StreetHunters.net team decided to make a list of those influencers as a way to say “thank you” for their contribution to the world of Street Photography. We understand that some of you dear StreetHunters.net Readers might not agree with some of the names being on this list. We also understand if you feel like it must be longer, or shorter. But, no matter what each and every one of us thinks, it is certain that every single Street Photographer presented here today, has helped re-shape Street Photography as we know it. So here goes:

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Street Hunt no5

Introduction

The Street Hunt that I will be guiding you through today is very interesting and unique in it’s own very special way. Why you might ask? Well, the Street Hunt No 5 has been shot during the night of Tsiknopempti. Ok, so what is Tsiknopempti and how to I pronounce that word? Ha! Well it is the one day the year that people of Greece celebrate by eating only grilled meat! So, on a typical night like this, the streets are packed with people, that are mostly drunk and stuffed with grilled food. In the air there is the smell of grilled chicken, grilled pork, souvlaki, sausages, you name it! Everyone is happy, everyone is excited and everyone is enjoying themselves! Laughter, parties, joy! All the things that let people loosen up and let a Street Photographer like me take their photos with ease. Some even ask to have their photos taken. It is just great!

But that isn’t the only thing that goes on during this night. Because Tsiknopempti is the last Thursday before the official Carnival day, people are already warming up for Carnival Sunday by walking in the streets dressed in funny costumes! Those costumes, add to the fun and excitement and help the people loosed up even more.

My Gear

In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation. This time I have added annotations in the video to make sure that I communicate those settings to you all. Because of the night this is shot, there is noise and confusion, so I think the annotations help. The lens I use is a 35mm f1.8, equivalent to 50mm full frame. I love this lens because it is perfect for nearly any situation.

So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a bowl of pop corn, or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this month’s crazy Street Hunt!

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

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Voting for Theme Contests for January, February and March 2014

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

As you well know, this month we had 3 contests instead of one. The reason was for us to catch up and to get months January, February and March ready for our calendar. We are just trying to win the lost time (of not thinking about this sooner)! You can read more about these types of contests in our relevant blog post called “Announcing The Monthly Theme Contest!”.

No, let’s get to the juicy part. For this month we are doing a triple poll as I mentioned before. So, this page will be 3 times as long, but we also think it will be 3 times as fun! The Themed contests we will be asking you to vote for are:

  1. Motion Blur (For January)
  2. Posed Street Portraits (For February)
  3. The Colour Red (For March)

Featured Photo

Street Photo of the week by Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson is a StreetHunters.net Reader and an active member of our GooglePlus Community. He posts photos sparingly but the photos he shares always have something to “say”. Craig describes himself as a simple guy who loves taking photographs and lives and works in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, born and raised. Photography is his passion and he believes that it will undoubtedly drive him insane someday. As he mentions on his GooglePlus profile, “I shoot people and I think I can stop time”. Well Craig, you do that quite well and for that reason we have chosen one of your photos as Street Photo of the Week!

You can see more of Craig Anderson’s photographic work on his GooglePlus Profile at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CraigAndersonPhotographer/posts or his website.

Featured Photo

Street Photo of the week by Lukas Vasilikos

Lukas Vasilikos is a world recognised contemporary Street Photographer from Greece. He lives in the greater Athens area and works almost anywhere, depending on where the road takes him. The work of Lukas Vasilikos is inspiring and moving. It impacts the viewer in all sorts of different ways. He is a “polymorphic” photographer that manages to create using many different styles, but one thing is always common amongst all his photos. Emotion. Emotional photography is something very hard to achieve. To make viewers feel strongly about something, by reminding them of things from their life, by moving them, by provoking them is indeed a talent that is very hard to find.

You can see more of Lukas Vasiliko’s photographic work on his Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vasilikos/ or his website. You can also visit his YouTube Channel to view slideshows of his images.

Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contest

“Today we are very excited to announce the Monthly Theme Contest!”

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers!

The Monthly Theme Contest is going to be a fun activity that anyone can participate in! Every month we will announce a Theme. Based on this Theme we would like you, our Readers to email us each a Street Photograph at streethunters.net@gmail.com. So for example if the theme is Umbrella in the rain, then we would like you to each send a photo with a Umbrella in the rain. Your photo can be taken any time in history, we don’t mind, as long as it has been taken by you and nobody else. Once you send us your picture, we will decide which are the 10 best ones and we will post them on our website. Then, we will ask you to vote for the best photograph out of the 10. The best photograph will earn one spot in the annual StreetHunters.net 2015 calendar which we hope to print at the end of the year!

Motion blur intro

Introduction

A street photo can have a lovely sharp look, where everything is in focus and frozen in time, but is can also be an imperfect image, a shaky photo that is made in such a way though that radiates dynamism and motion. Most of us just set our camera’s to A or P mode and let the camera do all the shutter speed calculations. Unless the lighting is bad, this will usually get us some pretty sharp images. There are other times when we like setting our camera to S mode and adjusting our shutter speed the maximum possible speed, so everything is perfectly frozen at the click of our shutter button. I do all the above 95% of the times I am out shooting, because I feel that if my photographs are crisp, they are somehow better. Most of the times, this is true, but there are times when I do not do anything of the above and I decide to have some fun with my camera in S or M mode by setting my shutter to slower speeds. By doing this, I can become creative with blur, motion blur!

Types of Motion Blur in Street Photography

I can think of 3 types of Motion blur in Street Photography. I am not referring to blur in general, but specifically Motion blur. In this post we will not talk about lens blur or zoom blur. Those are other techniques that don’t produce a sense of speed. Ok, maybe zoom blur does, but not in the way we want, because in zoom blur it is the focal length that changes, not the subjects in the photo or the position of the camera. We will discuss only blur types that can help give your photos movement.

Friday Feature

Street Photo of the week by Meljoe San Diego

Meljoe San Diego is a Street Photographer that lives and photographs in Pangasinan in the amazing Philippines. What makes Meljoe San Diego’s work stand out and immediately recognisable is the style of his photography. High contrast, black and white photos of the busy streets of his home town, full of motion and energy. Besides shooting fast paced action Street Photography, Meljoe San Diego slows down on occasion to create masterful compositions of Street Photography  that blow one’s mind away. If you visit his portfolio you will find images that keep you glued to the screen, images that want to make you just stop and look. You can see more of Meljoe San Diego’s photographic work on his Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/37409260@N02/.

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Poll - The Best Cities For Street Photography

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

A few days ago, we had a very interesting discussion in our private Group on GooglePlus concerning the best Cities for Street Photography and it turns out the we all suggested some amazing locations! The suggestions kept on coming in so we thought that it would be great if we used this information to comprise a nice list of The Best Cities For Street Photography and then share it with all of you through our website. But seeing that each one of us had something different to add to the conversation we decided to just make a relevant poll and ask every one to participate so we can pick the Top 10 Cities and write a cool blog post about them in the short future!

So, here it is folks, our Poll including all the Cities mentioned in that Community post for you to choose from. We have left the Poll open to suggestions in case you want to add more locations, but make sure you spell them right otherwise we might end up with more than one entries for some places. Also, this is a Poll where you can vote multiple options, not only one. We thought it would be better that way, since most of us don’t have only one preference.

NOTE: This poll will be active for 1 week

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Street Hunt 4

Introduction

Today’s video is interesting because my Street Hunt takes place in a completely different environment to what you are used to seeing until now. This Street Photography video has been shot in Athens, the capital of Greece. A city with a great and amazing history, a city that is full of millions of interesting people!

In this Street Hunt I walk from Zografou all the way down to Gazi in the centre of Athens. It is a long walk through different versions of Athens. You will see me take photos in the cosmopolitan Panepistimiou avenue, shoot street in some other parts of the Greek capital that are more dodgy, I will speak to amazing characters to ask for Street Portraits and I will take a photo of a Red Door.

In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation. The lens I use is a 35mm, equivalent to 50mm full frame. I love this lens because it is perfect for nearly any situation.

So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a bowl of pop corn, or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this months busy, noisy, versatile Street Hunt!

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

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