My Favourite Shot in February 2016

    This is where members showcase the shot they feel is their favourite of their previous months shooting.

    There are many reasons why a shot might be a personal favourite, and quite often is not known to the viewer as it may be for personal reasons.


    a-friendly-stranger

    A friendly stranger – Mister G.C. – February 13th, 2016 – Celle, Germany

    Nikon D5300, Nikon 85mm f1.8G Lens, f2.5, 1/320 sec, ISO 100

    I chose this shot as my favourite because of the fact that it was the first time I’d asked anyone to take their photograph and I got a ‘Yes’ straight away. Add to that the fact that he is obviously not your everyday passer by in the street made it all the more of a memorable and satisfying experience.


    sharing-a-laugh

    Sharing A Laugh – Tina Leggio February 2nd, 2016. NYC, USA.

    Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 85mm f1.8, f/1.8, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100

    It was really hard to pick a favorite from this month. I had it down to two pictures and I couldn’t decide which one. I want not just myself, but other people, to feel something when they look at my pictures so naturally I gravitated towards something that would express joy.

    I ultimately decided on this picture because it was such a candid, free moment. Two friends, walking down the street and sharing a laugh. It wasn’t just the laughter that made me want to take their picture. It was the total expression of joy. Nothing was held back. It made me want to know what they were saying that made them both laugh with such a carefree attitude. Normally we are all more reserved when we are in public. Not that we don’t enjoy ourselves and show it, but we usually tone it down around other people. These two women were the perfect example of joy that day and I wanted to capture a fleeting moment in time.


    looked-up

    looked up – Dragan – February 8th, 2016. – Dresden, Germany.

    Fujifilm X100S, f2.0, 1/4 sec, ISO 200

    I was one day in Dresden (Germany) and saw this fantastic geometry immediatly after entering the hotel. I simply love such composition with symmetry and patterns only broken by a person.
    It exactly reflects what i understand under perfectionism. I think you can always be near perfect, but never reach it, as there will alway be some kind of disturbing piece, in this case a perfect symmetry and patterns, but disturbed by the human element.


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    la ruelle de l’arche Gaillard – Esther FR – February 26th, 2016. – Saintes, France.

    Olympus EM5, Olympus 12-50mm, f4.6, 1/123 sec, ISO 200

    I went out on a friday morning to catch some pictures for the photingo challenge. Do you realise I especially took a day off at work to take some shots ?!
    I decided to go to a pretty town 30 kms from home, Saintes. The City Centre is mainly made of pedestrian streets and beautiful old little streets. I knew I’d find an interesting alleyway, one of the subjects of my Photingo card.

    This lovely one is called ” la ruelle de l’arche Gaillard” : the alley of the Gaillard ark and you can see why.
    I just had to find the right angle, waiting for the right moment to capture a passerby. There were not many people in the streets, everybody seemed to be at work except me ! I really had the feeling of being a hunter on the lookout, I was listening to the footsteps coming closer and have triggered several times until I saw this young woman. I like how you can see her walking with a firm step. Under this arch, the light was quite low while the background was very sunny.

    I shot with centre-weighted metering mode to prevent an overexposed background, and edited the shot in black and white to emphasise the texture of the stones. I like the result, and it’s also a nice moment, wandering in the streets without stress, just hoping the next shot will be the best !


    sunglasses

    sunglasses – 4d Photo Images – February 26th, 2016 – Cardiff, Wales.

    Olympus E-M1, Olympus 75mm f1.8, f1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 6400

    Why is this my favorite shot this month – two reasons?
    It was Friday night in Cardiff; Wales were playing France at the Millennium Stadium – whoops the renamed Principality Stadium. I was with Ian, Wayne and two newbies to street photography Samuel and Frank. The five of us wander around snapping anything that moved. The French rugby supporters are great, they are always dressed up ready to pose, really friendly.

    Reason one – it was getting dark and I had a choice, go home or up the ISO on the Olympus EM1, something I don’t usually do. I decide to up the ISO for the first time and carry on taking pictures in the dark. This shot was hand held, no flash and as usual with street shots limited time to take the photo. I was very pleased with the outcome considering the conditions.

    Reason two – Normally I prefer candid shots and don’t usually ask people if I can take their photo, however on this occasion a group of French supporters were walking towards us. It was dark and in the middle of the group there was this young lady wearing these bright yellow sunglasses. I don’t know what came over me, but as she passed by I asked if I could take her photo and guess what she stopped and this is the result – I was well pleased and might try asking again.

    Wayne remarked, ” I was turning into Ian”.


    light-and-shade

    Light and Shade – Benn Riis – February 23rd, 2016. – Copenhagen, Denmark.Fujifilm X70, f8.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

    I bought the brand the new fujifilm X70 to get much closer and hopefully unnoticed to my street shots. When I saw the strong backlight – just waited for a person to pass by.


    look-back-and-smile

    Look back and smile – Nikonsnapper – February 15th, 2016 – Cardiff, Wales.

    Olympus E-M1, Olympus 45mm f1.8, f2.8, 1/5000 sec, ISO 400

    The couple had been listening to a street performer and I was about to take a candid shot of the lady when they walked off, but as if on cue they both turned round for this shot. I liked the way they both smiled as if to show that they knew all along that I was going to take the shot.


    Cardiff at Night

    Cardiff at Night – Just Ard – February 26th, 2016 – Cardiff, Wales.

    Nikon D750, Nikon 85mm 1.8G, f1.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 6400

    Although I have shot a lot of Street, I have shot relatively little at night. On this occasion the Wales 6 Nations match was an evening game. I also needed a “Night Time” shot for Photingo, so this was the ideal time.

    I was walking amongst the rest of the crowd heading towards the Stadium, half hour before the game kicked off. I saw this woman standing alone in her own thoughts. She had no thought for the overflowing bin next to her. The scene behind of the pub with the lights on and people enjoying themselves was excellent. Even the people behind her and in front of the pub, wearing Welsh flags, gave a sense of the occasion.

    My issue was seeing this, and I wanted to capture it, but hordes of people passing between us as I was standing on the opposite pavement. Then for a split second there was a gap. I hit the shutter and got it.

    So the reason it is my favourite of the month is a mixture, of the scene itself, actually capturing it with so many people around, and the quality of it as it was shot at 6400 ISO. It has also given me a taste for doing more Night Street shots.


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    2 Comments

    1. Just Ard | | Reply

      Thanks to everyone who included their shots. I think this post shows the variety there is in Street Photography.

      Also I think it belies the myths that you need a certain type of camera to shoot Street. Here we have all types of cameras ranging from Point and Shoot, through Mirrorless, Crop Sensor to Full frame. Also the different lenses that are used. I think the best type of camera to use for Street is the one you enjoy using yourself.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone shoots in March as the weather improves.

    2. Esther | | Reply

      I really enjoy too the quality and the diversity of the february favorite’s pictures. Congratulations to everyone !

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