=How about some street shooting=

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by jgredline, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Hi Folks, One of my passions like Jeff, is street photography.. For me, most of my gear is built for this. I love
    just walking around different places and cities and shooting things with people in them. Often times I will
    simply wait until someone walks into my picture...I feel humanoids add to the picture. Of course, there are times
    when that is not a good idea..I have gotten my fair share of dirty looks or as jeff puts it....I am going to give
    you an ass whooping look, but all in all it is great fun and with much excitement...

    Last night I went for a walk in Old Town Pasadena..I took my K10D and Tamron 18-250mm lens...My goal for the
    night was window shopping..Most Images where shot between ISO800 and ISO1600 and the K10D behaved pretty
    good...Very little PP work done.....EXIF in tact, I think.....

    Post up some of your street shots.....Here are some of mine from last night...
  2. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Old%20town%20Pas/oldtown45.jpg">
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  3. By the way. It was way darker than it appears. Most images where shot at 18mm F/3.5 hence the distortion in many images....It was an unplanned trip. Had I thought about it, I would have grabbed by Cosina 55 F/1.2 but it is now an excuse to go out shooting again. Still this tamron super zoom did pretty well i thought.
  4. Javier, if it was darker than it appears, and you wished to show what you saw, perhaps some of these could be considered overexposed? You may have been shooting with lower shutter speeds than necessary...food for thought.
  5. Also, I meant to say that this is a fun little record of your walk. The "Bakery" shot (#2) is by far my favorite due to subject, lighting & reflections.
  6. Andrew, No choice in the matter. It was either overexpose or have blurry, noisy underexposed photos..
    This was a case of using the wrong lens. I will redeem myself :) however as hopefully my ''New to me'' Tokina 20-35 F/2.8 pro lens should be here this week. If not I have plenty of other lenses that will do the job....
  7. Yeah that's the problem with having lots of great lenses... the right one is always sitting on my desk at home!
    Makes me think i should just have 1 I use all the time, but i haven't quite found the perfect lens yet. When will
    they ever get around to the 10-300mm F1.2 pancake Limited zoom? With 1:1 macro? Let's get going, Pentax!

    Very nice shots BTW Javier. I like the people in the bakery as well.
  8. I didn't think I had anything that would qualify as "street shots" but then I found these. Not as nice as Javier's, but to add to the thread and help others feel free to post:
  9. And another - hard to capture how neat this looked.
  10. Nick, Those are great. I especially love the window washer and that sky is beautiful....
  11. Since you didn't go with film this time, I'll oblige... Those where taken with my MX body loaded with Ilford HP5+, equipped with SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.7, most of them with a yellow filter on. This was in Paris, on the last slow day of Summer: Sunday, August 31st. Took a long walk in the afternoon, carrying the baby in front of me in one of those shoulder-strap carriers, with a camera under my arm - carrying it the standard way, down from my neck, would have been somewhat hazardous for the kid!
    This walk took me down the Sentier area, the garment district, one of the busiest area in Paris, completely deserted that day.
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    I then walked down to the Bourse du Commerce, the stock exchange (closed, obviously), and then back up to the Grands Boulevards, passing by one of France most prosperous banks (at least it still was back then, wouldn't swear about it today)...
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    And then I walked back home, passing by the Passage Brady arcade and its numerous Indian restaurants.
    Needless to say, the kid, five weeks old then, slept fitfully during the whole thing!
  12. Gee, now that you mention it, I haven't done any street shooting for quite a while. Here's a shot from my last outing but it really isn't street-*level*. Looking at the EXIF, I realized that I must have been using the DA 55-300mm. I've hardly used it at all and was thinking of selling it but, now that I look at these shots, I'm not so sure. I'm amazed at the IQ you get from the Tamron in low light, Javier. I'll take mine out as soon as I get it back from my friend who borrowed it (along with the k100d.)
  13. Here's a street level shot from the waterfront.
  14. Great shots Dave, I like the up versus down combination of the two. And, Javier: the bookstore pic is really, really good.
  15. Ok, here are some street scenes from today in DC. Yep, I almost got my a** whooped with one photo and I had to delete it. But the others survived, so here they are. All done with K10 and 16-50/2.8 except for "Waiting in the Shadows" which was with 50-135/2.8 @ 135.
  16. Trying to be discreet with this one...
  17. From New York Ave.
  18. Up along New York Ave.
  19. My mistake..."Seeking Peace" above was also shot at 135mm. From K St.
  20. This was shot from across Penn Ave.
  21. Had to get ONE more subway photo (it's becoming an addiction of mine...)
  22. Javier,

    Great shots. I really like the richness of the Bakery and the furniture store.

    what settings did you have your camera on for those shots?


    Love Federal Triangle and the Gasmask shot.

    Was that dude "waiting in the Shadows" dressed up as former 1800's president or was that his daily garb? lol

    I like to caption the 2 women

    " sure they hurt but they look so damn good!"
    " you should see how Jeff gets all excited when I wear them with just fishnets and a pushup"


    I didnt realize you lived in DC. My Grandmother had a house on Pennsylvania ave just a few blocks from the Capital.
    I remember playing in the front yard when I was little with it as a backdrop.

    It was nice down there back then.
  23. Cheers, Christopher...LOL. I actually don't live in DC but am here on business and had some time today to take a few shots. It's a great city but you have to be careful to stay out of the "hot zones".

    I can only imagine what the two ladies were saying...it would be nice if it were along the lines you indicated! :). The man in the suit is a doorman, I believe, and was waiting for his ride home. I wanted to get closer for a better shot, but street shooting can get dicey nowadays. I did take a photo of a guy getting his shoes shined on the street and he confronted me afterwards and demanded that I delete the photo. I had no legal right to do so, but I figured the photo wasn't worth a tussle in the street.
  24. Hey Folks, Thanks for all the comments and contributions...

    @Christophe B, Your use of black and white film, brings joy to my eyes. I especially like the last one in the series....Thanks for the comment on the bookstore. I liked that one also. I have a couple more from there I will post in a bit....

    @Dave, I LOVE the first image...To be honest, everytime I use my Tamron 18-250mm lens, I get amazed for what it is...

    @Jeff, ''BRAVO''....Your use of black and white is great. You have the gray scale thing figured out and it shows...Great tones...I love the ''Making a Point, Washington DC''...

    @Christopher S, Thanks for the comments. The exif data should be intact, but I was between ISO800 and ISO1600 , with the lens at 18mm most of the time and wide open. I was using +1 ev or so most of the time as high as 2.0EV...Not bad for what it is, but there are far better set ups for this....
  25. Garry, Where are thou? I know you have some great street stuff, lets see it. :)
  26. Thanks, Javier -- I forgot to say how much I liked your Cheesecake Factory photo (great shot!). The color and the clarity and sharpness is the best I have seen...well done! Cheesecake Factory, btw, is also my favorite place to eat...my whole family loves everything on the menu...great food. :)
  27. Thanks Jeff..Here are two more ISO 1250 and F/3.4 and F/4.0
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Old%20town%20Pas/IMGP8868.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Old%20town%20Pas/IMGP8869.jpg">
  28. Great idea for a thread Javier. I really like this type of photography but never do nearly enough of it. Charlottetown is a small city and I'm a little hesitant to take many shots of the locals. I'll have to get over that! Here's a few:
    this one is supposed to be soft
  29. Peter, That first and third photo is absolutely 100% brilliant....You have out up some great stuff, but these have to be in the top 2...''BRAVO''
  30. Here are a couple of oldies. Took them last year....
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured34.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured28.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured41.jpg">
  31. Here's an image taken today as part of the camera to work every day project. Definitely a shop shot - not as classy a shop as yours though Javier. ISO 200 K10d 125th at 6.3 28 mm. I find the concept of a garden gnome posing like this absurd and funny and yet a comment on society that a shop has several of them, in various poses and states of undress. And even more ridiculous is that I took a picture and then spent at least another few minutes shrinking it down to post on PN. All the best. At least its at the bottom of this thread and not too many people will see it! ;-) John
  32. John - thanks for sharing. WHO would put that in their garden? <shaking head in disbelief>
  33. My two pennies:
  34. they don't make this upload thing easy do they?
  35. George C, brilliant...Would love to see more. Do you have more from this series?
  36. the first was with an SMC M 50mm 1.7 and FP4 souped in LC29, this is HP5 in DD-X, M 28mm and a cheap Haminex flash:
  37. another from the first series Javier, backlit into the sun
  38. George -- great photos! When were these taken?
  39. George, those are fantastic!!!!
  40. Not sure if these qualify as street shooting since you guys keep referencing short focal lengths of sub 50mm. The first is shot with a Holga.
    Chucky on Hollywood Boulevard
    Demon on Hollywood Boulevard
    There are a bunch more that I shot from Redondo Beach and Hollywood Boulevard, but who has time to actually edit 600 photos. Guess I should have shot in JPeg. lol.
  41. Great stuff Jemal. Those are some of my favorite places to shoot. Can you post up some pics from Redondo? I have not been there in a while and have been pondering going down to the pier there.

    I also have a chucky pic.Not as good as yours though, but here he is...
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured40.jpg">
  42. Here is the one decent shot from Redondo that I have processed. Sigh. I also shot another 300 yesterday at Venice. I'm way behind in processing.
    This was taken from nearby the Seaside Lagoon looking back up at the pier.
  43. Here are some rush processed photos where I had jpegs of my shoot at Redondo Beach.
    Lovers - they actually showed up in 2 photos
    Down the Pier
    Pier Lights
    Where's the key to my heart?
    The lonliest number
    Lover's Quarrel
    Pier 2
    These are pretty much straight out of the camera, although one or two have had the levels adjusted by hitting the auto button.
  44. Great stuff Jemal...I am really liking that boat image.
    Here are a few more of my favs....
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured1.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured16.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured18.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured22.jpg">
  45. I am not liking how the images turn out here on P,net with the downsizing.
  46. Javier and Jeff, thank you for your kind words, the first and third were taken this summer (if it wasn't for that phone the guy is tossing in the first I might be able to claim another decade), the middle one was taken in 2005
  47. Just a couple that I have handy..
  48. Icecream fest
  49. A couple looking at a photo that I took of them on their camera..
  50. Haig, I love that last one...''busted'' LOL...I love it!!!Been there amny a atimes...:)
  51. Haig, we must have been posting at the same time. I meant the one with the ice cream.
  52. Javier I love the bubble man photo. The bubbles look awesome. I also like the one of the lady near the hat stand. George your black and white of the lady with the Jacob's Creek wine is fantastic. And like Javier I was busted a time or two myself. In fact, the lady in the down the pier shot busted me to her husband and moved indoors out of the next photo...lol
  53. P.S. Javier your bakery window shot is the best of the best so far, and that's saying a lot considering the number of great shots in this thread. Bravo!
  54. Thanks Jemal for the kind words....Part of the fun in street shooting is getting away with it. What a rush, I
    tell ya. it is so much fun...I also love taking pics of familys. Those are perhaps my most favorite type. There
    is something special about a mom or dad with there kids...Maybe because I spend as much time with mine as
    possible and it brings great joy to see happy family's...By the way, I got busted in the third shot. No harm as I
    ended up e mailing them the images....+ it helps that I do not look threatening...But there have been times when
    it got a little ugly as in having to delete my pics...But it is after all part of the fum...

    Here are some of my favs....
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured33.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured35.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured37.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured38.jpg">
  55. Javier, can you have multiple pics in one post, (one straight from your computer)? and if so, how do you do it?
  56. Here are three from yesterday at Venice Beach. I call it my Superman Series. Anyway, I was feeling bad since I only had my old black F 80-200mm kit lens from back in the PZ-20 days and an even older SMC 135mm f2.5 lens and everyone else on the beach was walking around with big Canikon lenses. But I think these shots show that the old Pentax consumer lenses can hold their own.
    Up, up and away!
    Is it a plane? No, it's a bird. No, it's Superman!
    Here he comes to save the day!
    I only wish I could have gotten a better mid-flight shot.
  57. Haig, Set up a photobucket account and upload your images their. Once there, it will manufacture the HTML codes for web postings. Depending on what forum you post in will determin what code to use. On Pnet it uses traditional old school code....that looks like this.

    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured11.jpg">

    Here is my photobucket account. I am just now loading pics into it. I was using image shack for a while, but it is too slow and photobucket is cool..I have the pay one, but it is the same as the free one, less the advertisments.

  58. Jemal, that is some great stuff...I know what you mean about the canikon folks as well....I will be visiting Venice very soon. I usually go out to Santa mONICA.
  59. Well Javier..drop me a note off list (jemal dot yarbrough at gmail dot com) and maybe we can meet up for a photo outing one day. I'm sure I can learn a lot from you.
  60. Jemal, That would be great.
  61. As I am setting up my photobucket, I came across a few more...
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride.jpg">
  62. all i can say is that lady is hot looking...lol. Thank you for sharing.
  63. For those who are wondering I was using my Sigma 135-400 lens with my Tamron 1.4tc........

    As I was cruising through Long Beach, I saw this beauty from a distance and I shot her...
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride1.jpg">

    so i walked a little closer and she turned...
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride2.jpg">

    But suddenly the pro's saw me and chased me away......
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride7.jpg">

    Or so they thought...I simply moved to a different spot and kept firing..An advantage with a long lens....
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride3.jpg">

    But she was a shy one at that....
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride4.jpg">

    Oh, busted........
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride6.jpg">

    But as you can see by this crop and her smile...She approved.... :)
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/acapturedbride5.jpg">
  64. Nice! I think I'm gonna cruise long beach with my 100-300mmm and 3x converter. Its hot as heck and bright enough. All I'll probably come home with is a picture of a bird...lol...no beautiful model.
  65. Wow, what a thread! Javier, we're going to have to do this again! I am late to the party here, and this is already a huge thread. Maybe we can do it again next week?
  66. Garry, the must, needs to be a weekly thread....But it is not too late...I know you have plenty of stuff for this thread...Lets see it :)
  67. Ok then Javier! Let me just put up a few that I already have on my flickr account.
    Oh damn, too many to choose from!
    OK. Here are 6. Only 6. Limiting myself here. Let's see, this first one is a more creative abstract kind of street shot:
    This next one gets on the list because of the bottle of whiskey. OK - and the girl!
    This next one is one of my best subway shots:
    This one gets posted to demonstrate how there is no such thing as zoning in Taiwan. Industrial, residential, and farming zones are terms far from people's minds. Took this down the road from my apartment block.
    Hmm, 2 more. Tough! OK. The next one is one of my favorites:
    Let's finish off with another subway shot. Balanced the camera on a railing.
    There. The others are just going to have to wait for another opportunity!
  68. Thanks Garry, I knew you would have some good stuff...

    Markus, Where are you. I know you have to have some cool stuff stashed away.
  69. Here is another. I remember my wife taking a side shot of when she was pregnant with the twins...

    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/Apregnantstrabger1.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/Apregnantstrabger2.jpg">
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/Apregnantstrabger3.jpg">
  70. Garry, I love that subway shot. Javier, stunning lady in red. I like the first one the best with the smile.
  71. Thanks Jemal. I went to SantaMonica today. What a great day. I shot mostly film but I will see if I have anything worth sharing in today's K10D shots...
  72. Three more from today.
    Some fishermen.
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/IMGP9123.jpg">
    I love hearing this women sing. She has a very beautiful voice..
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/IMGP9137.jpg">
    and my last one..
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/IMGP9260.jpg">
  73. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/IMGP9646.jpg">
  74. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangerscaughtoncamera13.jpg">
  75. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangerscaughtoncamera38.jpg">
  76. How about some film shots.
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/filmstrangerscaughtoncamera17.jpg">
  77. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/filmstrangerscaughtoncamera18.jpg">
  78. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/filmstrangerscaughtoncamera27.jpg">
  79. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/filmstrangerscaughtoncamera24.jpg">
  80. Love the couple shot. They posed for you. One day I'll be brave enough to get people to pose for me too. Until that day though, let it be known that I hate you. lol. Seriously, I gotta work up to that level of street photography.
  81. i also love the ripple effect of the couple at the beach shot.
  82. This thread is huge! Maybe we should make a separate thread for each beach/location for street shooting? I thought about doing it myself but do not want to hijack your idea Javier. So instead, here's more of my street photography, lol. First, up, the La Brea Tar Pits, then Hermosa Beach followed by a few more from Venice Beach.
    Tar Pits
    Murder at Hermosa Beach
    Pier Avenue - Hermosa Beach with Dirty Sensor
    Couple checking out lady - Hermosa Beach
    Freedom - Venice Beach
    Hunger - Venice Beach
    Wino - Venice Beach
  83. Great stuff Jemal. I really like the Labrea Tar pits shot ''allot''...That really captures the essence of street photography.
    I also love the Hermosa beach image. Translated means '' La playa bonita'' The pretty beach with a pretty lady.

    This thread is kinda big.
    Feel free to start a new one. We need a weekly capture a stranger thread. :)
  84. Yeah, interesting. Way back in another life I used to do 'street', but only to find that this time around I have mellowed a lot and find it a bit difficult to intrude on others. However, I have been practicing, and a small collection is developing. Maybe next week, or perhaps I will start a thread. We'll see.

    Good stuff, by the way, more activity here than on the official street forum I think...
  85. Ian, there is an ''official street forum''?
  86. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured46.jpg">
  87. http://s538photobucket.com/albums/ff347/elne_2008/imgp2039.2.
  88. Thuir,France 2008
  89. Graham, your link does not work.
  90. Apologies,I seem to be having problems embedding the picture.O.K to have another go ? Here goes. Thuir,France 2008
  91. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured.jpg">
  92. Some pretty ladies......

    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/700strangers1.jpg">
  93. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured7.jpg">
  94. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangerscaughtoncamera24.jpg">
  95. This thread will go on forever!
  96. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/captured18.jpg"><br>

    YOUR bubble man looks EXACTLY like the bubbleman here in Wichita! I wonder if it's some sort of old hippy franchise
    brand identity thing or something?!? (I re-linked the photo in case anyone missed it above.)<br><br>

    Once again, I am reminded that The Donald has my film somewhere, and I am angered. Picture the old bearded
    bubble hippy pulling a giant bubble over a beauty pageant delegate. The stills looked like he was pulling a body condom over
    the girl's head, HILARIOUS!
  97. Matt, Thanks for the kind words. I wonder if it is some sort of franchise. Will need to look into it.
  98. Here is one from the other day. I took this inside the att store. Shot with BW400CN film, ME SUPER, 40MM @ F/2.8
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangersatthephonestore.jpg">
  99. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangemariachis.jpg">
  100. <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/strangemariachis1.jpg">
  101. Javier.. your street shots are smokin' !!! I like this thread.. we have to make sure we get a new one soon, this is getting rather large.. maybe every 75 posts?
  102. Javier where is this? I may need to steal your location.
  103. Thanks Haig...I too love threads like this..and yea, it's time to start a new one....

    Jemal, This thread is getting to long so I will share my shooting spots in your thread. ...

    I will leave this thread with one last one from the other day and I will make a comment as well.
    I shot this Gas station at night. I was using my K10D and shot it at ISO 1600 +3 EV @F/4.0...Now this is a boring picture as it is, but think about how boring it would be with out the stranger in the pic...When I shoot scenes, I usually try and shoot it with s stranger as it adds to the image....people are the most interesting nouns in the world...We are all different and we all add to a scene...So when I shoot strangers, I try to enhance my composition with them. I normally do not set out to shoot strangers, but scenes. Often times I will wait for a stranger to walk into my scene to add a prop to it....I will share some techniques in your thread.

    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/IMGP9716.jpg">
  104. Here is another favorite of mine. Shot on tri-x 400 film
    <img src="http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp128/jgredline/Strangers/filmstrangers2.jpg">

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