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Casper's Yashica

Introduction

Theres been a lot of talk and banter on our G+ community page regarding film over digital. Street Hunters are quite divided on the subject; digital is the lazy art of photography, and analogue some weird ju ju akin to Alchemy or digital shooters are the jedi masters of speed and agility and film buffs doddery relics of a golden age.

I shoot digital, although as an artist I believe having a fixed position, especially when in the early stages of your training is restricting. So with that in mind, a  few weeks ago I happened to be browsing through E-Bay and stumbled upon a Yashica Electro 35. £9 plus £6.15 p+p.( please use a currency converter – in short the camera was being sold for less than four pints of lager) In the description the owner had written ‘ This was my grandfathers, I think it still works.’ As a sucker for the sentimental I was now riven with E-Bay fever. Click, and after 17hrs of waiting, the e-mail arrived! I was now the owner of the Yashica. It arrived 6 days later, and these are my thoughts.

Things to think about before hitting the shutter 03

Introduction

Street Hunting is a sport for the quick. It requires quick thinking and quick reflexes. You’re not shooting in a studio. You’re not shooting a landscape. You’re shooting on the street and things happen fast. Motion and action everywhere. So much so that it feels like the city, even the streets and the structures are alive. Awareness is key. Scenes, shots… some unfold in an instant. And then some seem to develop in slow motion. The prize, the shot, goes to the predictor. But, even the most accurate of seers can be surprised when their prediction changes course and the shot streams off onto another destination, into a frame that is now lost to the shooter. So the hunter must be aware and decisive. There’s no time for indecision. Again, we return to speed. The shutter is fast, and so should be the shooter’s mind. Analyzing, calculating, and composing… these are all things the hunter’s mind is processing while the eyes seek the target. It’s a beautiful mess of science and art, the left and right sides of the brain colliding in milliseconds before you press the shutter. There’s so much going on, that it can be easy to lose the things we should think about before we fire. Let’s examine some of the things I think about before I press that magic button.

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Street Hunt 07 - Manual Focus Street Photography Video Tutorial

Introduction

Carnival season is over here in Rethymno and life is back to normal. Luckily for me and for the rest of Rethymno is that the tourist season is now on and people are beginning to visit our little town for the summer. So, things are not dull, but they are not crazy either. They are somewhat in between. This time I am in the streets at mid day, the sun is shining and the weather is hot. Most people are napping or at the beaches swimming so the town is not very busy but it is still active. More and more people will start arriving as the weeks pass and things will get more interesting, but for now the place is perfect for shooting with a Manual Focus Legacy Lens!

This Street Photography video Tutorial a.k.a. Street Hunt is all about shooting with your modern mirroless camera and high quality Legacy Glass using an adapter to connect them both. In the introduction I will talk to you a bit about how to set up your lens, what you need to do so your camera and your lens work properly and then I will hit the streets shooting manual focus with the help of focus peaking technology and zone focusing. You will notice that manual focusing is fairly easy and if done right, it can be much faster than auto focusing.

Reviewing your work

It’s time to sharpen the pencil and consolidate a period of time measured out in 1000’s of your images in an effort to move forward consciousnessly by understanding your unconscious previous work.

It’s time for a review.

Parked in yellow folders there are big folders, little folders, placebo folders,4wd folders in the digital multi storey car park of your computers memory….hundreds of folders…..thousands of images……..so much has changed…..

It would be easy to leave it.

Introduction

Art is not immune to change. Artists, and the tools that they use, reap the benefits of advances made in technology. Creators, if they allow themselves, can experiment, push mediums or even break new ground with greater ease if they choose to embrace change. Doors and eyes can be opened for the first time, or just opened wider. Photography is a shining example of this. To think how far photography has come in the past two decades is absolutely mind-blowing. Technological growth has affected everything we know, and to degrees that we often shrug off advancements as common, or expected. As photographers in the now, we take change in stride. We embrace the legacy of the greats whose work has inspired us and compelled us to create, but we use the evolving technology to get us to our creative endpoint. Street Photography is not approaching a new age, it’s in the heart of it. The genre is being directly affected by the science we often take for granted. It’s changing the game. Some say for the worse, but I believe for the better. Allow me to present some reasons why we are in a New Age of street photography.

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Sanja Buterin intro photo

Introduction

A while back we published a post called “The 10 most Influential Active Street Photographers“ that was about the 10 Street Photographers that are still active and that influence the Street Photography world in one way or another. Some might inspire with their work, others with the expertise and others with their overall contribution. No matter how though, the important thing is that all the people listed in the post have something to offer to the Street Photography Community. Even though most of the comments we received were positive, we also had the odd troll here and there, one of the most common asked questions was why are there no ladies listed. At first we got this question asked on Social Media Networks and then our Readers asked us on our website. Well, the answer is that we never noticed until you told us. That means that during our research we didn’t choose to look only at the work of male Street Photographers, it just happens that male Street Photographers are more active. It is just something that is what it is. What I am trying to say is that we didn’t leave out the ladies deliberately. Those comments though sparked an interest in us. We searched the internet looking for a list of Lady Street Photographers but we couldn’t seem to find one. So, we thought that since we had been asked by our Readers to add more ladies in our “The 10 most Influential Active Street Photographers“, why not make a separate post with a list of Inspirational lady Street Photographers. So, we did our research and today StreetHunters.net presents you with “25 Inspirational Ladies of Street Photography”.

The Red Studio Henri Matisse

Video

I have downloaded the short version of ‘Everybody Street’ onto my main computer.|It sits on my desktop and in the low moments where the doors of creativity are closing , I crank up my useless speakers and listen, listen and watch. I really do feel the force of the players in the short movie. Gilden, Boogie and that chappie who’s name I can never remember but says ‘ If…If I can’t do this, if it’s too much, then I’m in the wrong business’ and he loops his camera over his shoulder.

http://everybodystreet.com/

Music

I’m not a music fan, in fact 9.9/10ths of the time I work in complete silence except for the chatterings of my mind, which I can assure you aren’t musical in the slightest BUT because of the video above and it’s inspiring soundtrack I do now, should I need a stand up and get going tune listen to:

Introduction

Let’s have a little fun, shall we? With this post, I’d like to share with you my 7 personal good habits I practice when shooting on the street. These aren’t carved in stone, by any means and they’re definitely subject to change. But, I’ve found these to be the most popular ones I employ and usually the most helpful. So, let’s dive in…

1. Be Prepared

This is simple, but necessary. By being prepared, I mean be ready for any situation that might arise when out on a street hunt. First, I ALWAYS make sure I have an extra battery and that it’s fully charged like the one in the camera. The NEX-6 I use isn’t horrible as far as battery life, but when I’m out, it’s always on. Plus, I have the LCD cranked to its brightest for when I’m shooting from the hip, which I’ve been forced to do a lot of lately. That is a real juice-sucker! I’ve even purchased another battery just to be safe.

Also, you must be ready for the elements. Proper attire and an umbrella are things to have handy.

A different focal length lens is another thing to consider. Different shots may demand another lens. I like to stick to one focal length when hunting, but there’s times where I’ve regretted not having another lens with me. Specifically, a wider-angled one. I usually shoot with the 35 or the 50mm lenses, but I keep the svelte 16-50 powerzoom tucked in my little bag just in case.

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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!

Marble Arch by Anton Fortein

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Anton Fortein for www.streethunters.net


It could be that deep down I’m a bit of a hipster, an old-school hipster. I’m certainly old enough (having been born before the moon landings) to remember a pre-digital time. A time before Windows NT 3.1 powered systems invaded the workspace, and commodore 64 consoles were a distant memory. And more importantly, I’m young enough not to be seen as an old fart who goes on and on about the ‘good old days’

It could be that I don’t earn enough money (or been given, won or saved enough) to afford a top of the range DSLR, or a mirrorless system camera. I do however have a few ‘old school’ mirrorless cameras… lovingly called rangefinders. Gone are the days of picking up a ‘like new’ YASHICA 35GT, but a few good deals on The Bay are still to be had.