I love reading threads like this..
Hearing how other photographer's "take" on the subject of street photography is of great interest to me..
As far as how the OP handled it.. You did fine..
Do this street shooting thing long enough. And you realize you cant make everyone happy.. If you get the shot and you get home.
And your pictures..dont completly suck..
Than as far as I am concerned your on the right road..
you got's to do what's right for "you"
And leave everyone else to do wat they think is best for them.
With more experince, you will find "your" way..
Over the years.. I have to expect that not everyone will like me having there picture.. taken....
It's the street... It's the concrete jungle..
Being confident and self assured is key..
If they dont like it To God damn bad.. I never give them back LOL..
And I would resist in a most strong manner if I was asked to delete a photo.. or when /if they grab for my camera..
However, these days. For the most part, I shoot film so even if they ask.. I tell them "NO".
Sorry it's film..
"But dont worry.. I still put your picture on the internet.. Hahahha...
And than I tell them I would love to talk about it, but they have to keep up..
I have never had anyone want to argue enough that they followed me as I started shooting other people..
Just staying busy shooting/ looking for the "next shot.. Really solves most issues..
I am sure it helps that I can walk really fast..
And while I may indeed be giving photographer's a bad name..
I LOVE to get up close and personal..
Nikkor 24 2.8 AI-S on Fm Tri-X
I have no use for staged or posed street shots..
So I adopt a shoot first and ask questions later approach..
And I only regret the picture's I dont have the guts to shoot..
If at all possible I wait untill the last possible moment pre-visualize and quickly raise the camera and focus/click..
Which can be done.. lightening quick with practice.
After that I am more than happy to talk to them.. But for the most part..
I like to keep moving.. and on to the next person..
Setting for long periods of time ... staring with the camera has never been my thing.. But hey to each there own..
Personally I dont have such limited set of rules..
I will also shoot from the chest..
I will act confused looking up while shooting someone standing right in front of me..
I will photograph someone and than look behind them like I was photographing
them and not the person..standing in front of me.
If I shoot person I will often quickly take a few shots of those around them..
I will point a camera and blindly shoot someone walking behind me..
t's all good..
For the most part,
I really think that people less threatened when there not singled out..
SO if your going to shoot , than "DO it" .. Bring lots of film. Or fill up your card..
But shoot , shoot and shoot..
And by gettig used to raising a camera and going click..
You get over it..
But that's just my experince..
From my experinece give people a reason "not" to hassel you and they will often take it..
Latley, I have taken to acting a little crazy/spaced/zoned out..
In short , I look really confused.. For me it's not that hard.. hahaha
Anyways, I learned to use all kinds of little tricks..
Like focusing on a point the same distance away but to the side of the subject, than quickly turning.. click..
Got ya.. haha
And while I am sure the folks out there think I bat **** loney.. I dont care..
If it allows me to take some photo's that I other wise wouldnt .. or cause conflict for me while shooting.. I dont realy care to feel bad..
So long as I get the picture.. And I go home.. I am good to go.
As far as acting a little crazy.. well
Even the most primitive of society's have an innate respect for the insane..
But in 90 % of the time.. I take a picture.. Give my little nod of appreciation.. a little smile..
It goes along way.
So yes..by all means.. smile after a little nod after a image..
However.. that being said..
Listening to several of the comments on this thread..
It just seems to me that more than a few photogrpaher.. have so many personal hang ups and fears..It's probally best they dont shoot street.
It can be dangerous..
And yes can.. or you may be attacked..
And If you do it long enough you will have contact will law enforcement..
Be polite and stand your ground..
It's none of the business what your taking pictures of..
It really isnt..
And being a published photojournalist.. I consider myself to be a photojournalist..
So that gives me certain.. Get out of my face F ing appraoch.. with authourty types..
Over the years.. I have my fair share of incidences..
Looking to get into some more later this week hahahah..
You got to a sense of humor.. or really what is the point.. ?
For the most part.. If the situation turns hositil.. I try to de-escalate.. And short of that blending/re-directing And if push comes to shove.
Well, sometimes you got's to protect your self..
My skill set in that area may not be what your is... so I dont want say to much about that...
However, maintaining your personal space is going to go a long way to not getting sucker punched..
The conflict side of street shooting It's not something that "many photographers want to hear.. but it's true..
And I for one will not let that stop me from doing it..
Like I said to each his own..
But for the most part 99.99% of conflict can be resolved with out the need for violence..
The fact is often as photographer.. we are taken.. intimate moments of people's lives.. And for the most part.. Having to do this is really hard..
And it takes a certain... drive.. or willingness that most just dont have..
So be it..
Street photography isnt for everyone..
And these day's especaily in the west.. It seems many "loves" to tell me what I can and can not to photographically on the street..
But honestly. I rarely if ever see anyone else shooting people on the street around these parts.. ?
In the last couple of years.. I bet I have seen less than 5/10 ..
Not sure why that is.. other than folks are scared to do it ..
For me, confronting that fear.. is one the main reasons to keep banging away..
I am just changing/re-building my kit..
And have just picked up a 21 .18 ASPH /M2 (specifically acquired to go with a second, M2 and the 35 1.2 ASPH.. which will be my go to street set up, for the end of winter/spring.
I can't wait...
I have made some pretty bold smack here, so I have included some images..
I dont have much of my recent film work scanned/printed yet.. But here is some of early work..
"The best pictures are yet to be taken.."
Nikkor 16 2.8 AI-S on F2as
Nikkor 24 f 2 AIS on FM-2 T-maz 3200
Nikon F2as 16 AI-s on Tri-X
Nikkor 24 2.8 AI-S on Fm2. Tri-X
Nkkor 300 2.8 IF-ED AI-S on F2as Color neg converted to B=W in digital post..
Nikkor 135 2.0 on F2as Tri-X ..
Nikkor 50 2.0 AI-S on Color neg digitally converted..
Nikkor 400 2.8 IF-ED AI-S on Nikon D3 hand held..
Nikkor 24 2.8 On Fm-2 Kodachrome 64
Leica M3 15 4.5 ASPH on 100 asa
Rogalsky photography on facebook..