Weekly Street Hunters pic

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 with a 20mm SEL20F28 prime lens (equivalent to 30mm), in Athens, Greece.

I remember making this photograph like yesterday! I was shooting the video for Street Hunt #9 in Athens and I was on Patision Avenue, when I spotted this older man that reminded me of Stan Lee the Marvel Comic book writer. It might be just me, but for some reason I thought to myself, “Hey he is just like Stan Lee, I must photograph him”. So I approached him and shot him from the angle of the sun, exposing for the highlights to make the shadows go really dark. The result was pleasing to me.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Canon 6D and a Tamron 24-70 2.8 lens, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

When I’m out on the streets with my camera for hours at a time I can sometimes find that I get really demoralised. Some days I just won’t ‘see’ anything happening that makes a good street photo. Note how I put ‘see’ in inverted commas – I personally believe a great street photographer will always be able to find something happening in the street and use their ‘vision’ to create a great shot. But unfortunately I have days sometimes where my photographer’s eye is a little cloudy! I also have days where I’m just unlucky – I’ll miss shots through timing – a perfect subject will arrive at a scene too fast before I’m able to frame properly, or something will happen that disrupts my shot. The day I shot this photo was just one of those days. I was feeling very annoyed and frustrated with the work I was producing, and nothing seemed to be going ‘right’. I was also feeling creatively at a very low ebb – we’d just had the craziness of the carnival in Rethymno and I’d been experimenting with new techniques using an off-camera flash – post carnival I didn’t want to go back to making ‘boring’ shots that I felt like I’d made a hundred times before.

Another weekend of winter weather has kept me inside and off of the streets. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a perfect opportunity to review older images. Ones that I decided to let “marinate”. Ones that I wasn’t quite sure of.

When I say “not quite sure of”, bells immediately start ringing. If I wasn’t sure of the image then, why keep it? It must surely be no good! That’s not always the case. Sometimes an image gets sort of “lost” when reviewing, editing our organizing a day’s work. I know personally, I get so drunk on pictures that my judgement becomes clouded. Is it a keeper or not? It’s not always an easy decision. We each have our own guidelines on what determines “keeper” status. Those guidelines are subjective and always changing. Our tastes are always changing and our opinions are as well.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 with a 35mm SEL35F18 prime lens, in Athens, Greece.

About a year ago, I was in Athens shooting Street Hunt No4. I had already walked all over Athens for more than 5 hours (About 10km) and I was heading back to “base” when I spotted this gentleman. I was feeling quite good with myself because the video had turned out ok and I had had a great time shooting it. At the time of this encounter, my tongue was hanging out from exhaustion and the Sony NEX-6 felt a bit heavier than normal in my hand. But there was no way to resist taking the photo of the man that was getting ready to light up. His hat, the way his cigarette was just hanging from his mouth, his spectacles and his expression most of all are what drew my attention and made me get closer.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Canon 6D and a 16-35mm f/2.8 L Canon lens, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

Fellow street hunter Spyros Papaspyropoulos and I have been very busy recently shooting loads of street photos. It’s currently the height of the Greek carnival season in our town of Rethymno, which means the place is a real hive of activity. Thursday 12th February was the Greek celebration of Tsiknopempti (Τσικνοπέμπτη), which literally translates as Smokey Grilled Meat Thursday! Greeks traditionally all head out on this night and eat loads of meat, in preparation for the coming fasting of lent before the Easter celebrations (98% of Greece’s 10.7m population is classed as Greek Orthodox). Spyros and I shot lots of interesting photos from that night which we’ll be sharing very soon, but I wanted my first weekly pic to commemorate an even more surreal event that happened on the Saturday following  ‘Smokey Meat Thursday’.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a 35 mm Sony SEL35F18 lens, in Baltimore, USA.

There’s several things that make street photography so great. But perhaps the greatest thing is the unpredictability. Anything can happen. Anything. That’s what it pays to stay alert. Keep your head on a swivel and the camera at the ready. Of course there’s days when the street gives me absolutely nothing. Or, it could be a case where my eye wasn’t “on”… I just wasn’t feeling it.

A day in Baltimore, in the summer, usually results in a productive street hunt and this day was a particularly bountiful one. I had luck in Fell’s Point and Little Italy, so I decided to go to the Inner Harbor, a hot tourist spot.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 with a 20mm SEL20F28 pancake lens, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

I remember this morning like yesterday. A friend of mine and one of the SHRC Moderators Klaus Scherer, was visiting me in Rethymno so we could spend some time in the streets together photographing. We met twice. The first day we shot only film and the second day we shot only digital. This photograph was shot on the second day. We were walking past a cafe and we both noticed this lovely lady. I think it was her prominent eyebrows and her classy style overall that attracted our attention. We both turned around and took a photo of her trying to capture her essence as best as possible. I think I was quite lucky, because I managed to take her photo the split second before she smiled. I really like her stern look, the air of superiority she radiates. Her pose, the way she places her hands on her legs, everything about her, even her cigarettes make me feel so lucky for managing to capture this moment.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a 35 mm Sony SEL35F18 lens, in Philadelphia, USA.

Philadelphia. It’s the USA’s fifth most populous city and sixth largest metropolitan area. It’s known as “The City Of Brotherly Love”. It’s historical value is incredible. It’s the birthplace of American independence amongst many other things. And it’s known for it’s attitude. I’ve been there dozens of times in my life, mostly for music and sporting events, but I’ve yet to really explore this fantastic city, I’ve only just scratched the surface. I’m anxious to do more!

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 GTN with Ilford HP5 400 film pushed to 800 ASA, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

One of my most favourite times to do Street Photography is in the evening. Naturally you would think that to photograph after dark, one would need a digital camera with high ISO capabilities. I used to think the same thing, until I tried my luck with my Yashica Electro and a roll of Ilford HP5 400 and saw that the results were more than satisfying.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a 35 mm Sony SEL35F18 lens, in Baltimore, USA.

As winter tightens its grip on the northeast US, I’m thankful that I choose to let most of my pictures marinate for a spell. Because, honestly, it’s slim pickings right now. Everybody stays inside. And I can’t blame them. It’s damn cold but, like a good squirrel, I’ve stashed some nuts for this time of year.

Hula hoops seem to be making some sort of comeback. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t recall seeing them around much for the last thirty years or so. Or maybe I haven’t been paying attention! Maybe it’s just a Baltimore thing? But it seems I’m always running into hula hoopers when I’m at a market or public place. That may be an exaggeration, ha!