Weekly Street Hunters pic

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

Light is what we Street Photographers and any photographer for that matter chase for. We are constantly in search for the best light, that will make our composition a little bit better. The opposite of light, is shadow. With a good understanding of light and shadow, we can achieve lovely results in our work. Great examples can be found amongst the works of L.A. based Street Photographer Rinzi Ruiz, Greek Street Photographer Lukas Vasilikos, the great Joel Meyerowitz and more. Understanding the way light and shadow can be combined, is a secret sauce in photography that isn’t taught, but learned through experience and a lot of trial and error. But what makes light and shadow most interesting is the magnitude of effect they both have on any scene, object or person. The same exact situation, under different light conditions can appear boring, stunning, surreal, breathtaking, morbid, you name it. The impact of light and shadow on a photograph is colossal. Something to remember. Not all photos can be shot at any time of day or on any day of the year.

Madame Snazzy Weekly pic

This is a photograph that has been shot with an Olympus mju II with Kodak Portra 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

I remember the day I made this shot. Summer 2014 was just around the corner. I think it was early May. I had my compact Olympus mju II in my pocket with some Kodak Portra 400 inside. One of the rare occasions of using Portra 400. I love the quality of that film emulsion and the colours, but I just can’t justify the €7.5 per roll. Anyway, as I said, this was one of those rare occasions I had Portra and I was taking a walk with a friend in the street.

As the temperatures start to drop and winter really kicks into gear, the streethunting opportunities for a weekend warrior like myself become scarce. In my area, people just simply are not out and about. When it’s cold and blustery, the pickings are slim. An occasional dog walker. Foot traffic coming and going from the markets and stores. Really, it’s a frustrating forecast for street shooting. So what’s a Street Hunter to do when a barren harvest of opportunities is looming large in Central Pennsylvania? Hit the big city and try to stock up before winter really kicks in!

Jewel by Spyros Papaspyropoulos promo

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.

I enjoy shooting with film because I get results that I like out of the box, without having to spend nearly any time editing. I might crop slightly, or level a photo, but that is all. The film and the development process does all of the aesthetics “look & feel” work for me. Each film emulsion has its own uniques properties and produces its own unique results depending on how it is used. This shot was push processed or as say simply, pushed. That is a technique that allows the Street Photographer to shoot photos one, two and sometimes three stops above normal. So a Street Hunter using a 400 ASA film, could shoot it at 800 or 1600 or even 3200 ASA and develop it accordingly (to push it) to get viewable results.

Shadowman Street Hunter photo of the week promo

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

One of my favourite times in the day to go shooting when I am in Rethymno is early in the morning. The light is totally different and it gives my little town a whole new perspective, as if I am seeing it through different eyes. Photography is all about the light. It can make a boring location look interesting, it can make an uninteresting character look amazing and can work the other way around too.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC with Ilford HP5 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

I remember this evening like it was yesterday. I was in Rethymno in Crete and I was out taking a walk with my two daughters and my wife, enjoying the evening and each other’s company, when we walked past this kid.

I had my Yashica Electro 35 CC hanging around my neck with a roll of Ilford HP5 400 inside it. I had made quite a few shots that night already and I didn’t expect another photograph to “find me” before I got back home, but there it was.  

Fells Point is a great place for a quick Street Hunt in Baltimore. When the weather is fair, this gorgeous, historic (est. 1763) waterfront neighborhood is congested with locals and tourists. And with good reason. It’s rough and rocky streets are lined with bars, shops and restaurants. In fact, it has the highest concentration of bars in the city. On spring and summer weekends, Fells Point embodies what I like to call a “target-rich environment” where I can practice “value-oriented hunting”. Simply meaning, I get a lot of bang for my buck all within a few block radius. It’s really a goldmine for working on candid portraiture skills.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC with Ilford HP5 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

Following my last Street Hunter Photo that I posted a couple of weeks ago called “The Distinguished” I am continuing with another photo from this years elections. This time, I made this photograph with an analogue Yashica Electro 35 CC using one of my favourite B&W films, Ilford HP5 400. That film is versatile with a huge latitude, so I can push it and pull it as a please with great results. Anyway, the story behind this shot is as follows:

Shot with Sony NEX 6 and SEL35 f1.8

The city where I lay my head is York, Pennsylvania. However, I don’t shoot there often. It’s not because I dislike the city. Or because I feel unsafe. It’s simply because of this fact: during the hours I’m available to shoot, there’s little going on. Just not a lot of foot traffic. The exceptions are in the spring, summer and early fall, when there’s occasionally carnivals, street fairs and the like.

I had never checked out York’s annual Halloween Parade, though.and this year I made a point to do so. I went down to the scene, before the instance began, to gauge the crowd. Market Street, one the city’s main arteries, was packed with people on both sides. Fertile hunting grounds.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a SONY NEX-6 and a Sony 20mm f2.8 SEL20F28 lens in Athens, Greece.

Some months ago it was election period in Europe and everyone was going to political gatherings, events and conferences. During those days the streets were full of people, mostly two types of people. Young, loud demonstrators speaking their minds about how things are currently in Greece, that belonged to various parties with various ideas and also older people, “the distinguished” political figures or supporters trying to help the existing regime from crumbling. During my time in Athens back then I made photos of both these types of people as they represent the two extremes in my opinion. The new and the old. Today you get to see the old.