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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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Snowy street

Introduction

Right now, some of us in the Northern Hemisphere are in winter’s icy grip. I know here in central Pennsylvania, USA, it’s the coldest winter in twenty years! That’s far, far longer than I’ve been shooting, for sure. As tempting as it is to stay inside, safe and warm, street photography in wintery conditions can be very rewarding and yield fantastic images. It’s not without risk, though. If you’re hardy enough and prepared, it can give you great rewards.

The Beauty Of Winter

I love the look of snow blanketing our cityscapes. It adds a new perspective to the same scenes we see 3/4 of the year. It changes it. Not drastically so, but enough to make you look at it differently. I see it as a fresh start… both the end and beginning of a year. It quiets the city some and can slow it down. That being said, it also changes how people move about and how they act.

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Introduction

Progression and development are probably in most of our ideas of what a street photographer should include in their practice but it is often enough because we enjoy being recognised for ‘such and such’ whether that be black and white or colour, from HCB school of romantic imagery or more gritty urban of Boogie we fail to change until change is brought upon us.

My change was brought upon me just last week. The turning dial switch on of my beloved Fujifilm X20 stopped working and therefore wouldn’t turn off and wouldn’t autofocus at 28mm which is a place I like to be in my shooting. So to the repairs it had to go.

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Street Hunt 3

Dear Street Hunters Readers,

This time, the Street Hunt video has been shot during the night! I use my Sony NEX-6 at various ISO settings, depending on the available ambient light and I take a walk around the Old Town of Rethymno capturing night photos. I use a fast lens mostly wide open at f1.8. The lens is a 35mm, equivalent to 50mm full frame.

During this Street Hunt I talk about some of the Night Photography tips mentioned in our previous post How to shoot Night Street Photography! Gear, Techniques and Tips discuss ways to hide in the shadows and more.

As far as the video quality is concerned, I feel that the little Sony Action cam did quite a good job recording in low light. I do visit some really dark places where there is very little light, but even so there is enough visibility that I think doesn’t ruin the Street Night Photography experience of the video.

That’s all for now, please check out the video and let me know what you think of this 2nd attempt!

Stay sharp & keep shooting!

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Big Pig

Introduction

Our busy lives eat up much of our precious time. Our jobs, families, school, homes and so on are hungry for our precious minutes. Carving out chunks of time for our passion, Street Photography, is necessary. For me, and I’m sure this holds true for almost every one of you, this has to be done. It gives us balance in our lives. It rejuvenates us, just like any other hobby or recreational activity would. For some, it’s what keeps us from becoming drones. From being mindless zombies that are slaves to the grind. I can definitely testify to that.

If you’re like me, the only available time to get lost in shooting is on the weekends. That’s especially true during this time of year here in the Northeast United States Of America. The days are terribly short and the nights tend to be too cold. That being said, by the time a weekend is over, I’m already planning for the next weekend. I start thinking of a plan of attack before Monday even hits. A Street Hunt (a.k.a. Street Photowalk), for me, is rarely just a grab and go venture. I usually know in advance when I’ll be able to steal a few hours to go shoot and I can plan accordingly. So, let me share how I prepare for a Street Hunt.

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Introduction

Dear Readers,

This is the second Street Hunt video posted by Street Hunters! In this video, I will visit another part of Rethymno in Crete and use a Wide Angle prime pancake lens to capture moments with a more dramatic effect.

In contradiction to video quality in the Street Hunt No1, the video quality this time is much better. I am now using an action camera that has optical steadyshot technology, producing a less shaky result. Of course the viewing angle is much wider, that is in part how steadyshot is achieved, but I think that the outcome is much more acceptable.

The video is all about the choices that a Street Photographer must make. I analyse most if not every decision I take and I try to explain why I choose to take a photograph. Sometimes the explanation makes sense and others not, please forgive me, but Street Hunters do work on instinct most of the time, since they have to “play” an unpredictable game with an unknown outcome.

That’s all for now, please check out the video and let me know what you think of this 2nd attempt!

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Introduction

Street Photography can be a confrontational art. Not the finished product, but the creation itself. The act of snapping that candid moment can be an offensive action to the subject. When you think about it, there’s times where you wouldn’t want to be photographed! You’re not looking or feeling your best, lost in your own world, walking or just standing around. Then, you catch someone taking a candid snap of you. Depending on your mood, your disposition, you may react. Your reaction might be a simple “hey” or “what are you doing?” Another person might be more aggressive. It can become quite the sticky situation.

Doing what we do, this is bound to happen. Fortunately, this has only happened to me a few times. So what’s the best way to get out of an awkward moment when out on the street? I can only answer that question based on my personal experience, so first I have to explain my style when working on the street.

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NOTE: This is a subject that I feel I don’t have the really professional technical knowledge for, so everything I write in this post is from personal experience. If something is inaccurate, please correct me! You are most welcome to do so!

Introduction

A Street Photographer has many camera lens options for when shooting. A Street Photographer can use a camera equipped with a zoom lens, or a prime lens. Zoom lenses provide Street Hunters with focal length flexibility but are usually bigger and not as sharp or as fast as prime lenses. So, naturally primes are widely used in Street Photography, without that being the rule of course. When someone uses primes they automatically have a lighter and smaller kit to carry around, compared to another Photographer who uses a big zoom lens which gives them some advantages in movement and stealth.

There are many different types of Prime lenses. There are ultra wide lenses, wide lenses, normal lenses, classic portrait lenses, telephoto lenses and ultra telephoto lenses.  Today, we will talk about the wide angle lenses and discuss their pros and cons in Street Photography.

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Introduction

Is there an easy way to better street photography? Is there a system to help me improve my eye? YES!! Although I usually condone “Keep Calm and do this and that” lists, having seen the results of these few steps in action I believe that if you, yes you! take the time over the next twelve months and follow the steps below, your street photography will develop in leaps and bounds. It will take focus, dedication and without a doubt shooting every day. If you’re committed to that; continue reading, if not ; sell your camera.

The six steps are :

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Introduction

Dear Readers,

This time around instead of writing a blog post about Street Photography, I will show you a video that I recorded. This video is the first official Street Hunters “Street Hunt”! In other words it is just me walking around, talking a lot and shooting photos!

As you will see in the first minute of the video, I have purchased a small Hot Shoe to Tripod adapter or accessory. So, using that thing I have managed to connect my old beat up Flip Camera to the hot shoe of my NEX-6. That way anything my camera sees, the Flip Cam sees and records while I am on the move.

Watching this video you will get a hands on Street Hunt experience as seen through my eyes and processed through my senses. You will see what I decide to photograph, listen for what reasons I take my photos and how my images finally turn up. The photos that have been made during this Street Photography walk are not all high quality photos that I would easily share in Social Media, but they are part of the experience of this Street Hunt so I am sharing them happily with you. Some of these photos, at least two that I can think of, will be shared as photos in future posts of mine for Street Hunters.