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Street Portrait

By eric55    
I understand that in the UK street photography of the sort that captures eye contact with strangers shot at close range without their permission is frowned upon. However, here in the 'States it is not. Among the street shooters I associate with capturing such a photo, especially with eye contact is the golden prize. Doing so is a chancy proposition. Some would say it takes courage. But, I would differ. What is most important is to suffer. Suffer failure and its results continuously and enough in order for the shooter to eventually learn he can handle almost anything his angry subject may throw at him. At that point he is free to shoot as he likes. I have never been physically harmed, but I have had two cameras grabbed out of my hand and thrown to the ground thus destroying them. Consequently, I have learned to use only cheap point and shoot cameras. Had they been a Leica I'd have killed the guy. So, shooting with cheap cameras keeps me out of jail sort of speak. I shoot with the wide end of the zoom; thus preferring to shoot close in. You soon learn what works and what doesn't. Stay safe and good shooting.

Tags: Street Courage Dangerous Technique Closeup Shooting Eye contact Street portrait Portrrait no permission asked

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31 May 2018 1:35AM
Great active capture 👍 well done bob.
31 May 2018 3:51AM
What an interesting perspective....and makes perfect sense. This is an animated subject. He clearly saw you .

hobbo Plus
10 1.8k 4 England
31 May 2018 5:03AM
I too live on the edge some days just happens that sometimes Iím caught out.....

I never-ever go out to annoy my potential subjects, if I am spotted a nod of thanks, a smile and even a chat...but I have never received outright aggression.

My tiny SONY X 100 MKIII hardly makes an impression especially set to silent is different when out with my PANASONIC GX 8 ..... I mostly shoot wide then get in very close..

You take care now....

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
31 May 2018 7:45AM
No too happy! SmileSmile

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