I often get questions about street photography, a lot more than any of my studio work. The main question is, ‘how did you get so close’ or ‘how did you see that composition’. So I thought I’d go through my three favourite images from my portfolio and describe how I made them.
First off my favourite People image is this one, taken in Glasgow between Christmas and New Year. One ‘benefit’ of Chronic illness is that I fatigue very easily. I’f life gives you lemons make lemonade! SO I’ have to sit and be patient a lot. This can work to your advantage in Street work. It give you a chance to slow down and watch scenes develop. I usually carry my Fujifilm X-T10 and 27mm F2.8 lens in the city. I was having coffee and noticed this couple taking selfies, The man seemed to be getting more and more impatient so in anticipation I walked past and took the image. I like the contrast in expressions and the fact they are wearing dark clothing makes them stand out against the decorations on the background. I shot the image at F2.8 purely because it was quite dark but in this case the subject isolation enhance the image I think.
Next My favourite Fine Art image was taken from my car in a storm, now I’m not an advocate of photography from the car but It was in a storm and I wouldnt have been able to stand up. A couple of times a year the prevailing wind changes from the SW to the East and this along with high winds and Tides means you get waves breaking of the outer Harbour Wall. The trick with this one is getting enough wave to show the power of the water but not so much it swamps the lighthouse at the end. I used F16 for this one as I wanted a large depth of field so the horizon and boats in the background were discernible. After that is just a case of patience and luck! The Gulls in the Foreground give some context and scale.
Finally my favourite street image was again taken using a technique I often use in the Autumn and Winter. I love using Speedlights and Monolights, the ability to take control of your lighting and create some really abstract images is fantastic. At this time of year I tend to use my Fujifilm X-T1 as it is a bit more robust in poor weather. For this technique I tend to use F4 and a Shutter speed of 1/15 to 1/4 of a Second. The trick is to use the Flash to freeze the motion of your subject. The long shutter speed will give the rest of the frame an element of motion. It tends to be trial or error dependent on the ambient conditions and amount of artificial light in the frame. So take a couple of test shots and work from there.