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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Street Hunt no6

Introduction

This Street Hunt has been shot during the Carnival Day which is considered by many as the most amazing, most crazy day in Rethymno, my home town. In the video I start in the late afternoon around 1 hour before sundown and continue an hour into the night, following the excitement all the way until the end of the Carnival at the grand bonfire and the fireworks. During the video you will notice that the streets are completely packed with people dressed in all sorts of costumes. I try to blend in and take some photos of everyone having fun but I also look for people that are out of place. I always find “out of place” individuals very interesting and if I can, I try and snap them.

In this video you will see lots of laughter, mini parties, joy, funny faces and crazy stuff! You will experience Intrusive Street Photography with a Flash see how amazing this style of Street is. I am not an expert in this style, I have only practised it a few times, but I really push myself this time, mostly because people during Carnival day are more loosened up and don’t mind having a flash stuck in their face and being photographed.

My Gear

In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation but mostly Flash on, a narrow aperture and Manual Focusing with zone focusing. I have pre-focused at about 1m (3 feet) so everything from around 50cm to 2m is in focus mostly. I have added annotations in the video to make sure that I communicate those settings to you all. There is lots of noise and confusion, so I think the annotations will help. The lens I use is a 20mm f2.8, equivalent to 32mm full frame. Zone focusing works with this focal range better. Larger focal ranges are harder to zone focus.

So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a piece of pizza or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this month’s paranoid Street Hunt!

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

Silhouettes Contest Vote

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

The time has come for you to vote for the best Street Photo for the “Silhouettes” Monthly Theme Contest! We had a ton of submissions this time around. Andrew, Casper and myself had to decide which photos to add to the poll and which not. The decision was hard! All photos submitted are amazing!

Following the same method as last month, we have uploaded the images for each Theme into a lightbox gallery and under each image we have placed name that works as a unique identifier. So, what you have to do is to write down or remember the unique identifier of the image you like the most and then vote for that image in the poll below.

You will also notice that we haven’t got any names under the photos. The reason for that is to keep the voting as unbiased as possible.

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Street Photo of the week by Gustavo Minas

Today we travel all the way to the exotic Brazil to meet the colourful Gustavo Minas! Gustavo works and lives in Sao Paolo where he works as a journalist. Photography and especially Street Photography is his passion. He shoots mostly in colour and he has a keen eye for the perfect timing. If you visit his flickr profile you will notice how easily he captures moments, frozen in time, moments that surround us all every day but we let them just pass us unnoticed. He is part of the www.street-photographers.com global collective and also a member of a Street Photography collective in Sao Paolo called selvaSP. He photographs anywhere. He offers his viewers busy urban shots, uniquely spotted isolated moments, creative selfies and amazing colour combinations. He is a master of light and shadow and uses the sharp Brazilian sun to his advantage in order to make stunning images.

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Street Photo of the week by Lee Thatcher

Lee Thatcher is a Street Photographer from the UK. If you visit his About page on his website he mentions that he likes to make photographs of anything that interest him. His portfolio is mostly in mono with a very few exceptions and in the 1:1 format (again with very few exceptions), usually shot with an iPhone and then processed in various apps. When looking through his work, you get a feeling of looking at photographs from another time, that is the reason why we are somewhat reminded of Daido Moryiama and William Klein’s early Harlem New York shots. These two artists could possibly have played an important role in Lee Thatchers photographic journey, but only he would know that for sure.

April-Theme-Contest-Updated

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers!

It is time for the Monthly Theme Contest for April 2014! The Monthly Theme Contest is a fun activity that anyone can participate in! Every month we choose a Theme. What we ask is for you our StreetHunters.net Readers to participate by each sending to us a Street Photograph at streethunters.net@gmail.com based on that Monthly Theme.

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 5 or 6 or 10 best ones and we will post them on our website.

Winners Of Contests January, February, March 2014

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

March 2014 has come to an end and so has the previous Monthly Theme Contest! As you remember in the original post about this new website monthly feature, we had mentioned that just for this time round we would be doing a 3 in 1 Theme Contest. So, today we have the great pleasure of announcing not 1 winner but 3! One winner for each corresponding month!

The Themed contests that we asked you to vote for last time were:

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

We got some great entries from you all and the level of interaction in the polls was smashing! Your photos received a total of 137 votes! Thank you very much for your participation, it is highly appreciated!

So, the time has come to please take a look at the winners of the Monthly Theme Contest that will be featured in our 2015 StreetHunters.net Calendar!

Congratulations to all 3 of you Street Hunters!

New Feature - Crit My Pic

New Feature in Street Hunters

‘Crit My Pic’

In an effort to aid and abet Street Huner readers, Casper Macindoe will critique your submitted image. A visual critique from his perspective. Submission will be open for 48 hours and you can submit your image for review using the email on the contact page of the Street Hunters.net website. We have a feeling this maybe a popular feature on the site so only one image will be chosen per week and the resulting critique will be posted on the site. We won’t be charging for this service although it will take time and so if you do feel the urge to donate to the site – feel free. You can find donation buttons at the bottom of all pages.

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Street Photo of the week by Khalik Allah

Khalik Allah is a Street Photographer from New York, USA that works in Harlem. He shoots in the streets day and night using a Nikon F2 film camera with a Nikkor 55mm 1.2 Lens and Kodak Porta film. As he himself says, he became a photographer the minute he started using a fully manual camera. In his words, he likes a camera that he can dictate, a camera that he can tell it what to do. According to Khalik knowledge increases when you walk the streets holding a camera in hand, documenting the moments that present themselves to you. So doing Street Photography increases his knowledge and through that he better understands himself. It is a process of learning and evolving. Khalik Allah is a Street Photographer that has been inspired by life surrounding him but also and most importantly by his father, who used to take him out when he was young and photograph him. When he got older he asked his father for that camera. The minute he got his father’s camera, his first manual camera, a whole new world opened up in front of him.

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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!