The Perspective From the Street

I have been interested in Street Photography for about 6 months, and recently was able to take a webinar class to help me understand some of the unique challenges of this photographic art form. I am planning to concentrate on capturing life on the street over the course of this month, although that will not necessarily be my only focus.

It seems a subject particularly suited to BeckyB’s July Squares Challenge of The Art of Perspective (though not all my photographs will be square), since candid photographs of people as they go about their daily lives have the unique potential of revealing how they are experiencing  the world. That gives us an opportunity to see the world from their perspective. Indeed, the challenge of Street Photography for me is to capture an unguarded moment in time, thus conveying an intimacy that speaks to the humanity that we all share.

And so, to begin…..

What family dynamics do you see at play?

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July Squares – The Art of Perspective

The Different Perspectives of a Surprised Exuberant Squirrel

While I believe Becky has in mind using different apertures, focusing, and distance to show how one can achieve different perspectives in photography, I thought I would approach it from a lighter perspective for my first square of this month’s challenge. This friendly, exuberant, (and surprised) urban squirrel was observing me from four different perspectives!*

#1 Uh oh! Caught in the act!

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#2 I’m really not so sure about this…..

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#3 Maybe it’s safe…….. I’ll try it out.

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#4 Oh, you seem to be friendly, and your dog does too, so…. TA-DA. Here I am in all my exuberance, complete with tail!

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*I don’t normally do this, and I think it’s technically against the rules, but I got carried away and combined….. four challenges. My own exuberance got the better of me.

Colors and Letters: July 3 – Starts with the letter E

Lense-Artists Photo Challenge – Surprise

Photo a Week – Squirrel!

Becky’s Squares – The Art of Perspective

Interiors

The interior of the construction of an 18 story condo building.

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Floors 5-9

What could be in the interior of this fairy hole?

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This was taken from the inside of the infusion unit where I receive my gamma globulin treatments every there weeks. I noticed that some steam was coming out of the pipe on the roof across the street.

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The infusion unit’s view

I found the sunlight hitting the raw 2x4s inside the black iron gate to be stunning.

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Sunlight hitting 2x4s inside gate

Posted belatedly for Debbie’s One Word Sunday – Interior

June Has Been Pride Month

For all our LBGTQ+ brothers and sisters. While we should celebrate their lives all year long, each year we especially dedicate the month of June to raising awareness of their lives and their struggles, and honoring their contributions. This has been a June like no other, but even in the midst COVID and all the other uncertainties, I hope that each person who identifies as LBGTQ+ has had someone say to them, “I’m glad you are who you are, and I am glad that I know you.” And my message to each of you is that you are loved.

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Posted for CitySonnet’s Photo a Day Challenge: June 30 – Goodbye June

Riding on a Walk Sign

Earlier this week I was very excited to be able to take a webinar class on Street Photography, as I have wanted to delve into this area of photography for awhile. I had thought that SP was narrowly defined as candid shots of people going about their everyday business. I was surprised to find that Street Photography also includes things like buildings, construction sites and dock loading equipment. That made me even happier, since I have been regularly photographing those things in addition to the photos of flowers and wildlife. But I’ve been afraid of photographing people. The instructor told us to just get out there and start. So the next day I gathered up my courage, placed myself on a busy corner with my telephoto (wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from other people), and started aiming my camera toward real, live, actual people.

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Like anything else, of course, I’m finding that it takes practice, especially since my telephoto isn’t quite powerful enough for some of my shots and then I need to crop, thus losing some of the resolution. And I’m having trouble getting the settings right to both blur the backgrounds, and capture the moving person, even though I know in my head the range of what those settings should be. Practice should help me improve. But I’m really pleased with the start that I’ve made. For that matter, I’m pleased that I’ve started at all, because as I’ve said, I’ve been a little afraid of photographing people. The class gave me the courage to begin.

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Photo a Day Challenge: June 27 – Balance