Your Favorite Street Photo You Made
Old 10-22-2010   #1
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Your Favorite Street Photo You Made

Let's see your favorite street photo that you took yourself! Tell us why you like it and what makes it special to you.
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This my own fave for a number of reasons. This is one of the first frames I shot on my first visit to NYC. I like the statement it makes with the yawning boy seeming to be bored with the world of fashion and commercialism that surrounds him. It also has a New York feel for me with the jazz club signs and models featured in the poster behind him.
When I took it more than 10 years ago I don't think I had really ever heard the term 'street photography' although I was aware of the works of HCB and others.
I shot this with my old Nikon F-801 and crappy Sigma 28-80mm zoom on crappy Konica 100 color neg film. This was a classic instinctive shot - no thought or planning, just sensing a good photo and stopping long enough to fire off one frame. As soon as I developed it I cropped it and converted it to black and white.
It's printed 8x10 and framed above the toilet in our powder room.
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Old 10-22-2010   #2
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I don't have a single favorite, but I got some of my best ones at the weekly anti-war protests that were held every Friday at noon in Santa Fe.









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Old 10-22-2010   #3
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This one captures one of those surprising moments where strange symmetries emerge out of chaos and random interactions that characterize the urban environment. I like how the frame is used and how it breaks out of the usual mold of very derivative street photos. It tells a lot of it's story through suggestion rather than being overly literal. It's a shot that overcomes the "anxiety of influence" and wouldn't be confused with any of the photographers I admire but works on it's own and has an internal logic/beauty.

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Old 10-22-2010   #4
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This shot was taken last fall at Union Square in Manhattan. Across the street in the background and juxtaposed against the sign is a Whole Foods, mother of all consumeristic grocery stores.
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Old 10-22-2010   #5
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Not really my all time favourite, but as I'm just a little chaotic indexing, Chris' photos reminded me of this one, last year when FC. Barcelona celebrated winning the Champions League.
But made with my M7, for sure. No crop, no PS editing, just some 28 buckled to the body.
As an afterthought: wrong framing again! Should 've been aware of the person on the left as a counterpart of the one at the right.
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Old 10-22-2010   #6
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Not my favourite, but a recent one that I really like. Excuse the terrible scanning.
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One of my favorites.

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Not technically on the street, but a public event (art show, at a photo studio, hence the curved wall) this couple was dancing alone in a room where everyone else was just standing around looking at art. I like everything about this. The lighting, the tones, the look of pure joy on the girl's face.


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I like this one of mine. Things just seemed to work out with this one, and I didnt ruin it in processing! :-)


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Probably this because I'm not what I would call a comfortable or natural street photographer ... and it was hard earned being shot with a Crown Graphic.


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Old 10-22-2010   #13
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OK, hard to pick absolute favorites, but here are some of the shots Im digging right now.

I really like this one cause I scale focused @ 1.2 and shot it @ 1/30 on a moving train. I had little hope it'd come out and forgot about it promptly. Only remembered taking it when I got the negatives back and I was psyched it actually came out decent.


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In B&W, these are a tie for my fav:


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Thats really something, Keith. I love how the Graphic handled the detail in the curtains too.

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Old 10-22-2010   #15
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(one of my favourites)

it is an autumn of 2008
I was on my way to work - there is bus stop behind these people who cleaning street from fallen leaves
I haven't thought much - just stopped and made 2 shots from the hip
and one of them has catched something that goes beyond simple fact 'these people doing that'... at least I believe so

I'm seeing similar scenes with similar workers every autumn, but I never think photographying them again because I've already made a photo
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andredossantos reminded me I liked this one a lot too. the composition and zone focus worked well.

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I wouldn't say this is my favorite but it's in the top 50
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it is an autumn of 2008
I was on my way to work - there is bus stop behind these people who cleaning street from fallen leaves
I haven't thought much - just stopped and made 2 shots from the hip
and one of them has catched something that goes beyond simple fact 'these people doing that'... at least I believe so

I'm seeing similar scenes with similar workers every autumn, but I never think photographying them again because I've already made a photo


Wow .... I love the movement blur in this. It really sets it aside from just another street shot ... I can see why you chose it.
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Old 10-22-2010   #19
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I do not have a favorite, so I will just post the most recent.

Corner of 3rd and Main Street - Fort Worth, Texas - October 18, 2010

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Old 10-22-2010   #20
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The train photos made me think of this one.
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Old 10-22-2010   #21
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I always liked the palette of this shot:



I like this one, too:

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I like this one, February 09, trying to find a parking spot to see the Andreas Gursky exhibition,
grabbed the M6 and 35 and took this through the open window of the car.



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I have a lot of favs for various reasons but heres a couple of recent ones:





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I don't have favorite street photos. The reason is quite simple, most of them that I like were accidents and it was as if someone else took them and used me as means. The fact that I did not intend them makes it hard for me to be proud of them or call them favorite.



For example this shot, which is not great but, its unusual and the symmetry of the pavement, not to mention the man with his effeminate clothing, and pose, how he carries the grocery bag and how his holding his white mp3 player, his one foot half raised - once again in a very effeminate manner. Suddenly you have a picture which is interesting in some level and might even come across as cynical as if i made fun of the guy, but I don't remember how i shot this. this was a camera accident. I might have pressed the shutter accidentally or something. I don't remember, i don't remember how this man looked like...

To me this is the essence of street photography, all you have to do is just go there and shoot and if your unconscious cooperates you will get interesting stuff.
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I find street photography challenging b/c it forces me to work outside my comfort zone. This photo, taken a couple of years ago in San Francisco, is one of my favorites:



I like this one not just b/c of the visual interplay between the posters and the couple walking, but also b/c it's not a grab shot. It was planned. I saw a potential photo, positioned myself and prefocused, and then waited for people to walk into the picture in a way that looked interesting. I took a number of these photos that afternoon, but this is the one I like the best.
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shot a couple of weeks back. through the narrow crowded streets, there are probably very few vehicles that would carry a lot of load. so, people still resort to bullock carts for shorter distances. I loved the fact everyone was jumping to get into the frame, and relative calm of the bull.

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I don't have a single favorite as I don't think I've taken any great street shots. The style is new to me - I'm just experimenting right now. Here are a few ones I like a bit more. I hope to get a more definitive shot at some point which would replace all of these.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelb...7624508367459/

This shot isn't my favorite exposure. The light was very harsh and I should have played played with the film iso a bit to reduce exposure as I had a hunch the 35DC may overexpose the shot. I think it is one of the better fleeting moments I've shot though.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelb...7624508315665/

The thing that makes it for me is how everyone is focused on something out of the frame with one exception. The dress makes her pop out to me and the smile works perfectly nicely with it. This shot is too subtle over all though.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelb...7624834741726/

Not sure if this really counts as a street shot, but I like the contrasting elements in this picture.
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I shot this in Santa Barbara, California very late one night during the "winter" holiday season. State St. was all dressed up in more lights than usual and quite sparkly, very well lit.
I was using a Ricoh 35S with 50mm f/2.8 lens. This shot was almost an accident and I thought I didn't get anything after I depressed the shutter. Time was 1/10sec @ f/2.8. I just turned the camera vertical and clicked.
It's not sharp anywhere really but something in it I love.



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Great work everyone. This is fun!
Here's another fave of mine. This time I pre-visualized the shot and kept going back to the scene until I got what I wanted. Fuji GA645 and NPZ 800.

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these two are among my faves. taken a few seconds apart of a father and son.



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great thread, all! lets keep it going!

heres another favorite of mine that only i seem to like...I think its that i love the signage and the ghostly figure:


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