Events give street photographers the chance to get up close but my reluctance to be intrusive with the camera coupled with a natural aversion for crowds made this month’s project a bit of a non-starter.
“The ethos of street photography is to be free of obligations” David Gibson
Others no doubt used the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations to good effect. I on the other hand was not in photography mood and half-heartedly caught the tail ends as well as numerous heavy summer showers (this June forecast to be the wettest on record).
This very British event required some use of colour for obvious reasons but I prefer monochrome as it gives cohesion to a scene, here uniting the check umbrella with the flowers, whilst losing the distraction of other passers by. This photo needed soft contrast too.
Despite all the gorgeous colours of the flags, this photo still had more impact in black and white – besides it was the light that caught my eye and the sense of calm after the procession has passed
One ruse for street photographers is to choose a landmark with all the hustle and bustle around it so that the camera becomes just another in the multitude of snappers. I like the busy mix of visitors with damp, flag decorated stragglers from the picnic in the park.
One of the best photos of this day belongs to a future street photography project which proves that the lucky capture is often the one you are not seeking! Next month the theme is sequences – where several pictures are better than one. This simple example was an unplanned happening as I like to photograph puddles. Reminded me too that I must not lose the fun of the photo.
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MID MONTH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT FROM DAVID GIBSON’S MANUAL – NEXT MONTH: Sequences