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May 08, 2011

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Gordon, the reasons you list why it is so challenging is precisely why I love it so much. Both in the capturing for myself and the enjoying the work of others. When those elements come together, it can be magic.

I love to catch those transient moments of order in between the bustle. But I like to engage people also. Sometimes I will take photos after asking, sometimes surreptitiously and sometimes in plain view.

One of my favourite photos began in hostility and ended with me charming the lady (Jacqueline) and getting her to agree to a photo. More a street portrait that what the purists consider street photography.

The point, for me, is not to limit myself. I may not ever achieve the degree of virtuosity of those who concentrate on one scheme, but I do have such fun :)

Jacqueline is here: http://photography.badlightgoodlight.com/365/e1132bf0

With regards to finding order in the chaos, I am often times saved by my ability to crop in post-processing. Sometimes all the elements are present to make a great photograph, and even if the overall composition is quite weak, a judicious crop here and there can sometimes mean the difference between a keeper and one that should be confined to the Trash bin. Personally I find it most difficult when walking around with a fixed lens (normally a 35mm or 28mm), and trying to capture something interesting across the road with so many distracting elements vying for attention.

It doesn't have to be anonymous street photography: I like capturing the occasional candid of friends during a social event.

I was going to suggest this might be a way to "ease yourself" into street photography but on reflection your friends can be your harshest critics! ;-)

[I rarely take true street photographs at home, but do so when travelling.]

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