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By ade_mcfade      
Another from yesterdays wander around Leeds doing candids - if you want to know how I did it, here's what I wrote yesterday....

Had an walk around leeds with the camera around my neck and the remote shutter in my pocket.

the set up was...

Canon 5D
Canon 17-40 (at 17mm)
Auto white balance
Av exposure @ f8
manual focussed 1/2 way between 1m and infinity
Cable release attached

I just wandered around town and when I got near people, I clicked the shutter in my pocket

Found that center weighted exposure was best, the camera pointed down a bit so when taking the shot I had to lean back a bit to get their heads in, and the 5D shutter is quite loud.... though no one seemed to hear it other than me!

This one is all about the shadows, so I've gone for a high contrast mono

There's also a colour one to follow in the variations - that shows more of the faces, but less contrast... up to you which you prefer, but let me know Smile

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
1 Nov 2009 1:53PM
I feel that this shot works far better in mono than in colour.
Nice candid.


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riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
1 Nov 2009 1:59PM
ahh, this is good, I'm of the opposite view, and prefer the colour... the tones and shadows are already strong, but must say the little boy by the bin comes out better in mono... OK I'm torn
AndreG 11 20 England
1 Nov 2009 2:07PM
I like the b&w shot, nice street photography.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
1 Nov 2009 2:08PM
This is special Ade, I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a badge. Great use of shadows and very reminiscent of the work by Bill Brandt (BTW thats a compliment !)

Oh is has to be mono as for me the colour takes away from the strength of the image.
great candid shot. I like the B&W best
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 3:02PM
Hi Ade, great light captured here - I like the original better, as it holds more detail and the misty mood makes it even more special.
Great photography!
User_Removed 12 7 8 Netherlands
1 Nov 2009 4:01PM
street photography of the better kind, good space in this.
iansnowdon 8 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 4:11PM
The power of B&W any day for this type of shot.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
1 Nov 2009 5:04PM
Ace stuff this Ade, the strong shadows, contrasty light and space all work so well together.

Got called into work extra early yesterday, pitch black and raining as I strolled through the town centre.

Used my range finder and made do with what was already loaded, Kodachrome 64 Sad

The results might be interesting if nothing else Smile
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
1 Nov 2009 6:02PM
Strong on shadows Ade. Ron.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
1 Nov 2009 6:14PM
good stuff Ade
wyatturp 12 2 England
1 Nov 2009 7:37PM
Good street sfuffSmile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
1 Nov 2009 8:18PM
Love the strong shadows and in this Ade.
Regards Richard.
2 Nov 2009 4:55PM
WOW, Ade doing street photography, it's only taken 5yrs!! Ha ha
jenquest 15 561 1 Tokelau
3 Nov 2009 8:03PM
Like the strong shadows in the B&W. I'd like to see a bit more detail in the child near the bin though.
accystan 13 132 6 Canada
3 Nov 2009 11:58PM
Good composition, very powerful with the back-lighing - particularly the b&w.

Interesting technique and settings. I've used the same technique with my Nikon. With the larger battery pack attached there's an additional shutter release which is located at the 'bottom' of the camera and I just support the camera with my hand and press the shutter. I typically use 'program' mode, auto-focus and a focal length of 35mm. I find about 1 in 10 is a 'goody'. I'll try your settings.

Well done,

Dave D
jonathanbp 10 99 Thailand
14 Nov 2009 12:49PM
Has to be V1 for me, definitely B&W for this kind of shot, superb - Jonathan
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
30 Dec 2009 1:47PM
Think this works well, thanks for sharing.

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