If I could live in any neighborhood in New York (besides the EV), this would be it. Read why through the stories from the neighborhood locals in the larger version.
1/400th at F7.1, ISO 1600 (28mm).
Hip shot. It's much harder to frame correctly and to focus correctly but for certain shots it makes being candid and getting close so much easier.
However, that's not the main reason why I like it. I go back to it time and time again because I love that slightly lower perspective that it gives, elongating people just enough to give them presence and stature, while also giving a very pleasing upward view of the tall buildings in the background.
This Cindy Sherman self portrait, while completely separate from the realm of traditional candid street photography, has probably informed my street photography more than any other individual photograph.
Untitled Film Still #14, 1978, Cindy Sherman.
1/320th at F13, ISO 400 (28mm).
Treat the city or where you live as if you would a landscape in nature. You might find it to be even more beautiful on occasion.
1/60th at F7.1, ISO 400 (28mm).
For those of you that are curious, this is what a front yard looks like in the city. And you wonder why we're neurotic.
1/200th at F1.8, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The pink collar makes this photo. Probably the cutest moment I've seen all year.
1/400th at F9, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The tough thing about taking shots like this is not the person you're taking the shot of. I had to get so close to fill the frame since I was using a 28mm lens, but if she had turned around I could have just smiled and showed her since it was a beautiful photo. The problem is being surrounded by 10 other people stopped at the streetlight wondering what the hell you're doing.
This is where confidence is important. It can be hard, but just try your best to ignore them, hold an air about you that you know what you're doing, and move on. It's a beautiful moment and photo to show if anyone asks what you're doing. And you should be proud of it.
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