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Postcards from New York

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It has been four days since I got back from New York, my sleep pattern is just about getting back on track. I am left with a lot of fond memories and quite a few memory cards full of photos. I will be doing a few blog posts about my trip with Amy in the up coming weeks but for now, here is my favourite pictures. Now if you follow me on instagram you might have seen me post a few of the pictures up whilst out there. That’s because I bought myself an eyefi mobi pro card which allowed me to take pictures on my 5D and then send them via wifi to my phone. I edited the pictures in VSCOcam and the put them through Afterlight to put a boarder on them as I hate using square crops. I must say the eyefi card is ideal for holiday trips and instant sharing, the app allows you to selectively transfer the images to your phone (ipad/laptop/computer). Anyway enjoy some pictures.

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Embracing the mundane

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Like millions of other commuters in London, I have to endure hot, cramped, noisy, sweaty and boring journeys across London to get to work. But here’s the thing, they needn’t be boring. I have to say that I do like to use the time to document this mundane journey. The throw away nature of apps like instagram seem to fit the bill perfectly, after all, these aren’t really photos you would hang on your wall. They are more snapshots, illustrations of the morning struggle. Have a look through…

Suddenly, commuting doesn’t seem so boring does it.

SHOOTINGDAVE

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POPBANGCOLOUR.com

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POPBANGCOLOURFor those who didn’t see Popbangcolour at the VolksWorld show on the 23rd and 24th of March, you missed out. BIG TIME!

POPBANGCOLOURMy first introduction to Ian was through a fellow “Fueltographer” Dan Fegent. His brother had bought him some prints which he posted to intagram. I had to find out straight away who the artist was. I needed this stuff in my life. So when of the rest of the Fueltopia gang met up at the Ace Cafe for the Ken Block meet and greet I was told by Nick Williams of NWVT Photography to make sure I bumped into Ian Cook of Popbangcolour when I attended the VolksWorld Show.

POPBANGCOLOURSo naturally – I had to pop down and say hey. I sat and watched from the crowd of people that had swarmed around him to watch him work. I can honestly say I have never seen anyone paint like this before and pull it off so well!

POPBANGCOLOURFor those who aren’t in the “know” this guy doesn’t use brushes. No no no no.

POPBANGCOLOURThis guys uses RC cars! Oh  yeah! That and their tyres and I think I even saw a spoon being used at one point. As you can see he also requires a fair amount of space to get his work done. This makes it all the more impressive though.

POPBANGCOLOURFor it allows you to walk around and set it evolve from every angle! I could have literally stayed there for hours and watched him. In fact I did. I got myself a beer and watched him drive away on his canvas with a perpetual sense of amazement and bewilderment. After a while I just had to say hello, explain that I am not a lunatic and that he knows a few of my friends. In fact he was painting one and had just finished another of my friends photos.

POPBANGCOLOURAnd here you can see him in front of his finished piece that was Nick’s photo. So if you see him at any future shows, be sure to go and say hello! He is an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to talk to!

Cheers,

SHOOTINGDAVE

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Why your street photography sucks!

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I’m going to talk to you about street photography. Do bare in mind that most of what I say is meant to be taken as tongue in cheek so please try not to cry if you don’t like what I’m saying.

The term “street photography” to me is a very broad one. Essentially what it boils down to in my opinion is anything taken on the street. Generally there are two camps on the street photography debate, and they are;

Wide Angle and Telephoto.

Wide Angle– people in this camp tend to believe that shooting wide angle gives you the great atmosphere of being on the street. They believe that because you are occupying the same space as the person you are photographing, that the image is that much more raw.

Telephoto– people in this camp feel that it is the isolation of a subject that allows you to capture the raw emotion of your subject. This also means that you are much further away and are therefore much more capable of getting “the shot”.

But which one is better?

Well that is really up to you to decide. I feel that street photography is as much about you as it is about your subject. I personally prefer to shoot with a longer focal length lens. I use the Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM lens which is sublime! This allows me to be at a “safe” distance and isolate the subject nicely with lots of pleasing sexy Bokeh! Because we all love BOKEH!!!

However, I have been known to take a lot of street or candid photos with my iPhone which has a wide angle lens. This is because there is no shutter noise which makes it very discreet. Lovely stuff.

But why does my street photography suck?

Well I am going to assume you didn’t fuck screw up your exposure and focus so that’s not it.

Story telling.
To me an image that doesn’t work is usually down to it not engaging with the viewer. For instance photographing people from behind on the street. It doesn’t look good. All you are seeing is someone from behind. No engagement, no emotion, no eye contact. More than likely it sucks.

Interest.
If there is nothing going on in an image then it will struggle to stand up as interesting photo. Try to tell a story. A lot happens on the street, try and capture some that action. Be patient and observe. Don’t just spray and pray. Wait for something to happen. Watch people and see if you can tell part of their story. Obviously don’t go stalking people, that will more than likely get you some unwanted attention.

You are shooting in a big group.
Shooting in a big group may be good for your confidence and you might start taking shots you wouldn’t normally take but think how this looks to people on the street. You can’t exactly be discreet when walking around with a load of people carrying cameras. Grab some headphones and walk around on your own and get amongst it!

Location.
It helps to be in the right place. For instance, you ain’t gonna get many good shots on the street whilst sitting in your bedroom reading this! Being where the crowd is usually works best as well as being around at the right time. And what quantifies as being the right time is dependant on what you want to capture. Which of course is up to you. Just don’t trespass.

Shooting Dave’s final thought:
Figure out what you want to see then go looking for it. Don’t rush it, don’t force. Don’t get frustrated by it. The whole reason you are out “doing” street photography is because you are done with the contrived, controlled and planned shoots. Street photography is supposed to relaxing so don’t get stressed about missing that moment. There will be plenty of others. Just be patient.

tl;dr
To answer the question “why your street photography sucks” it is simply because you take photos that suck 😉

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The Best Camera…

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…is the one you have with you. – Chase Jarvis

And if I am honest, I couldn’t agree more. You see, me and my Canon 50D have a sort of love/hate relationship. I absolutely love it, I love the control, the versatility, the control layout, the frame rate and the accuracy. But, I hate carrying it around, it is heavy, it is big and I am little worried about bashing it into things or forgetting it.

So this is why Chase’s quote is so apt, I do have a camera on me at all times! It just so happens to be on my iPhone. And I never leave the house without my phone. It might not be the most technical camera in the world but at least it is there and allows me to capture moments that would have been otherwise missed.

I like the fact that a slide of a finger and a press of a button I can capture an image in a pretty much brainless way. But what really blows my mind is that I can edit the photo on my phone the same way in which I would edit a photo on my computer and I can share it instantly! I think that is pretty cool. That also makes using your phone as a camera, a pretty viable method of visual communication.

What I also like about taking photos on my phone is that the playing field is pretty much even. NO camera in a phone is really any good. They are awful. But everyone has one so that sort of makes things even and makes it accepted that these photos are going to be less than perfect. There is no gear wars, no pixel peeping, no Canon vs. Nikon debate, no Zoom vs. Prime. It is therefore down to the users creativity to make what they have work for them. And I think that is a good thing.

I would say that this is photography in it’s purist form but I think that is going a bit far. It does make it a lot more accessible. I also think it is more likely to make people take more photos, be it for sharing or personal documentation. There are of course a number of apps which can help you along your way. I use a fair few of them but the main ones I use are; Filterstorm; VSCOcam; SlowShutter; PhotoSynth and of course as many people do, I use instagram to share my photos.

But as we all know, you can only polish a turd so much, it helps if you take a decent photo to begin with (FYI I am not suggesting that I CAN take a decent photograph, I am just saying). Using your phone allows you slip back into the crowd. Try taking a photo of a stranger at close range with a massive DSLR, I reckon they will notice. With an iPhone, no one will notice you because everyone has a phone. I love this cloak of invisibility you can have whilst taking photos. What I am saying is, with a much less imposing camera, you are capable of getting the shots that you may not have got in the first place.

It does help if you also have some ounce of subtlety though. I mean don’t try the above shot with your arm out stretched and the loud shutter noise on your camera. In fact make sure your phone is on silent, you don’t want to give yourself away now do you. Lets face it, if you get caught on the tube, your options of running are severely limited. SO yeah, be subtle.

And because you can instantly see the results on screen rather than having to look through a view finder you can get the shot you really want. If not, take it again, or again. You’re not shooting RAW, memory space isn’t a concern. So snap away. Got it wrong? Oh well, you’ll get it next time.

And because your phone is always on you, you can take those shots on spur of the moment rather than being like “DAMN – if only I had my camera on me” or something like that. I don’t know what you’d say.

SO basically you can shoot anytime you see something you like, or something you think others will like.

You may or may not be aware that there are some pretty slick little apps on your phone for taking panoramic shots. Photosynth is available for both iPhone and Android and is the best app I have found so far for creating panorams. I can 100% recommend it!

Now you may have figured it out by now but all these photos were taken by me, on my iPhone. They aren’t technically impressive or perfect in anyway, I am sure if you looked closely at them, you could point out a handful of flaws. But I think they serve a purpose and if you took one that you really like, go back and take it on your proper camera!

Also you should totally share your photos on instagram and if you do then add me up @shootingdave !!!