The National Media Museum holds the Tony Ray-Jones archive of approximately 700 photographic prints, 1700 negative sheets, 2700 contact sheets, 600 boxes of transparencies along with notebooks and diaries.
Shoot contrasts (like the tired waiter on a break while leisurely shopping is going on around him). I love finding people so involved with their task at hand that they don’t even notice I am right.
With the Olympics coming up for this city, the hustle bustle and construction is near sensory overload. Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman is a die-hard, natural light, lifestyle photographer in New York who loves to search for the light. What’s up colleagues, how is all, and what you want to say on the topic of this paragraph, in my view its in fact amazing for me. I love street photography ~ there is something deliciously insular about it (for me anyway), as well as eye-opening. I have been trying to get up the nerve to do this myself for some time and you’ve inspired me.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on street photography and your photos as well, so encouraging. Black & white adds to the documentary feel, whereas bokeh eliminates other things on the street, hence negating the whole point of street shooting.
Tony Vingerhoets lives and works as a photographer in China where he works as a succesful photographer.
Hi Tony,Always great to see your perspectives of China--- always wondered: do your subjects ever ask you to send them a printout of your picture?
As a digital camera specialist and product manager I get the chance now and then to play with new and exiting stuff. So, when I was given the chance to try the brand new Leica M Monochrom, with the Leica M Noctiliux 50mm F0.95 ASPH, I happily accepted the offer. When I opened the DNG in Lightroom and looked at 100% I was amazed by the level of detail in her eye.
When you want perfect sharp images at wide open apertures you can step the Noctilux down to F1.4. She was very enthusiastic into photography and persuaded her friend to let me take the picture with this special camera. I had read about the large dynamic range of the Leica M Monochrom, but also about the possibility to blow out the highlights. To test the level of detail of this unique combination I also took some shots at F8.0 and I must say it is indeed very impressive.
All images were shot in DNG , edited in Lightroom 4 and then in further enhanced in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I can only say that I love the very deep blacks and large dynamic range which you get with the Leica M Monochrom. My “final” word: if you are a passionate photographer and would like to go back to basics, to rediscover photography in its purest form, buy one! Enjoy my images and i'm looking forward to what others haven taken with the Leica M Monochrom.
I hope you’re happy with your 18,000 dollar camera and lens because this photography is terrible. To Rob, nicely written and I envy the opportunity you get as a product manager to play around with such wonderful stuff! Actually, I thing the photographer capture people in natural ways even if people are posing. If one wants to make a communicable impact, then they need to learn about the environment they are working in, and the social implications to their work. It is true that the pictures taken by Pierre Bourdieu in Algeria, while he was serving in the French Army, are much, much better than Rob’s! I am not impressed by Pierre Bourdieu’s pictures in French Algeria, yet believe he was a better at photography than at his actual job as a sociologist. Street photography and documentary photography are two very similar genres of photography that often overlap while having distinct individual qualities. A joyful use of a camera and a special lens, the photographer and the people photographed are happy about it. When you can stroll down the street testing a new camera and can repeatedly pump out Kertesz, Doisneau or Cartier-Bresson level photographs, I’m sure we will all welcome your input.
I would love to see the garbage photographs being made by the experts who left negative comments. If you look up Vivien Maier as just one of many (I suggested above), you can see this has been a very real art form for quite a while now. One thing that I think needs to be clarified is whether or not you are referring to a full frame camera or a crop sensor.
I’ve always been fascinated with street photography, but I never understood how you were to go about it, or what the etiquette was when shooting strangers, as Janet said. Beside architecture, interior or fashion shoots I love to walk around in old photogenic neighborhoods everywhere in China. Besides commercial photography he travels troughout China to capture the most beautiful sites and places. About my editing:Shots (RAW) need to be technically and creatively to 90% The image, ie, proper exposure, sharpness and good composition. I agree that pictures need to be as perfect from the camera and PP is just the icing and developing into a nice compelling positive.


I used to own a Sony A700 with a lot of Minolta AF lenses, but recently sold everything for an Olympus OMD with prime lenses. It was a pre-production model with a firmware like 0,0012 or something like that, but fully functional. The background had some bright reflections so I diminished them and then gave it my treatment in Silver Efex Pro.
When they heard it was a black and white only version they were very interested in knowing more about it. So at the beginning I went for underexposures, but after a while I started to correct the normal way I always do.
See in the 100% crops the prices in the Dutch sirup waffle mobile van and the world maps on the back off the wall in the room of the row of houses. Just you and your subject, visualise your final image in your mind, set the correct aperture and exposure, set the distance and frame in on your subject. Most of the time it feels a lot better when you say something nice instead of sagging in your darkest misery. Street photography has the ability to document while documentary has the definite intention of recording history. You cannot predict when something interesting will happen or someone will present themselves to you. I definitely feel a little more confident now about it and can’t wait to take my camera to the streets.
A 50mm lens is closer to an 85mm lens on a crop, which some would argue is not shooting wide at all.
A sharp eye for details, color and form are recognizable in his characteristic and vivid photos.
My PP work flow consists of lens correction (distortion, CA, vignetting), color optimization and sharpening.
So now and then I go back and hand over people a small print which makes them surprisingly happy. Nothing has a smooth surface up on the Wall that helped enhancing the contrast feel of the big bricks, that picture was taken with a point and shoot camera at minus 30'C. With the brush tool I use dodge and burn take brighten the eyes and darken parts that distract from the main subject. Because of the extreme narrow depth of field of the Noctilux, only 1 cm when focused at 2 meter, I was given a small additional magnifier lens for the viewfinder. The image however also has then a more "normal" look and misses that special blurry almost mystical Bokeh of the Noctilux.
I love the smiles on there faces when they look at the lcd of the camera and there even bigger compliments when they got the edited final versions. There is a thing I would like to be improved in the Monochrom and that is a sort of high eye point viewfinder for eyeglass wearers like me.
Believe me, it was a nightmare: What you and I would manage to convey in a couple of paragraph was diluted over hundreds of pages. Documentary photography can be candid, but street photography is defined by its candidness. I’d much prefer being closer and have someone ask me what I am doing, than look like some stalker with a huge zoom. The NIK Viveza plug-in is useful to sophisticate (local} contrast, brightness and color adjustment. That kind of brutal conditions remind me to my Harbin Ice Sculpture shoot at minus 33 in night time.
Because I am wearing glasses this gave me an even smaller field of view through the viewfinder.
Two nice examples of this effect you can see in the image of girl with her boyfriend and the older men with the nice hat.
Luckily the measurement system of the Leica M Monochrom is not a matrix system so there is a natural tendency to under exposure. The default sharpness and level of detail of the Leica M Monochrom is so high that you should turn off the "detail structure" option in the software. Also the Noctilux could do with a bit closer minimum focusing distance, but to be honest I thinks the DOF will be that small it will be almost impossible to get a good result.
Street photography produces ironic amusement while documentary provides emotional intensity.
By the way, if you can afford a new Leica M camera, I hardly believe you will find any reason to buy a Monochrome.
I was questioning myself or my gripped 5D II still should function after a few hours but it did surprisingly well.
Since I followed a workshop street photography from Eric John Kim, were we all used Leica M camera's, I became very fond of the compact rangefinder system. The size of the Leica Noctilux is also relatively big, in comparison with the Summilux 50mm F1.4, and therefore blocks part of the viewfinder. The best thing to do when shooting with the Monochrom is to think about it as an old analogue camera loaded with slide film. For my own Olympus OMD camera I can set it to 40% and I still have a normal sharp image when zoomed in to 100%. The language of street photography is subtle and not as loud and outspoken as documentary photography often is. I love the photo of the guy who was writing and you got so close in the composition is absolutely perfect.


I like the way that you see your subject in a very bright and clear way without any distractions (because of my personal budget the OMD was the next best thing). A positive aspect of the size of the lens is the very nice focusing ring which fits perfectly in your hand and give the combination of the Monochrom and lens a good balance.
This way of shooting gives you an unprecedented thrill and is something I can recommend to anyone which is currently using a DSLR. For street photography I normally use "zone focusing" and guess the correct distance to the subject which I am about to take a picture of. Some one recommended Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and I instantly fell in love with this software. I decided to make a small tour in town to shoot as much street portraits wide open at F0.95 as possible. Because of the very large dynamic range and the low noise level you can lighten up the shadows with no problem. As street photographers they had no definite intentions or goals beyond the production of a candid print.
I got much better highlight detail, a higher level of detail and more "analogue" looking end results. I searched form subjects with deep dark and bright whites and found them in some new boots on display with very nice "shades" of black, a parked car and a window dummy. Documentary style is defined by its premeditated message and intention of documenting particular events in history. I have used the Leica M9 for a couple of times with the Leica Summilux 50 and 35mm F1.4 and like the fact that you can actually use it at wide open aperture, and get very sharp results.
I search of shadows I walked the main shopping street up and down were the shop staff was waiting for the shops to open.
The documentary approach includes aspects of journalism, art, education, sociology and history.
The special, almost 3D, feel to the images is something even digital camera "laymen" notice when looking at the Leica images.
The first girl I asked for her picture was a bit anxious but after a small talk she agreed to do it, but only if she was allowed to keep on listening to her music on her iPod. In documentary’s social investigation, often the images are intended to pave way to social change. I took 3 shots and one off them was bang on in focus on her eye and were she gave her best look.
Documentary’s underlying motives complicate its ability to give a clear, impartial vision of the world. Street Photography is disinterested in its nature, allowing it to deliver a true depiction of the world.
In 1888-89 the commercialization of the first nitratecellullose films and portable cameras like the Kodak, starts the tendency.
When it comes to street photography including your surroundings can help set the tone of your image. This lively smiling lady was pretty busy with a client and she didn't notice that I was photographing the scene.
But when she got that a spontaneous big smile appeared on her face which was ultimately the picture I had in my mind.
Read More12 Comments April MOctober 13, 2012 at 9:17 PMThis post and the linked post to legal matters is so timely for me!
I am going to my uncle’s wedding in Los Angeles and I am planning on walking Olvera Street and China town. Reply Mama MonkeyOctober 15, 2012 at 9:31 AMI wanted to add, we recently took a trip to Dallas and I was shocked when people started taking pictures of our kids on the train with their iPhones.
Reply TheresaNovember 9, 2012 at 1:30 PMLifestyle and Street Candid are my very favorite genres, and I got started by doing exactly as you suggest here: by approaching someone with an interesting look and asking to photograph them! Especially his purple pajama as a contrast to the reflections in the windows behind is a wonderful setting for a street photo. For a photo like this you get some time but when you start to messing with your settings your model will get uncertain, and the atmosphere is vanished. And of course, they get a contact card which contains a link to the site where they can see the photos of that day. Just at the moment I would photograph those glorifying images two pedestrians crossed each other at the right time. Needless to tell you that your setting should be OK at the moment this scene comes in front of your lens because you won’t get a second change.So this is my first posting on the English Photofacts and it speaks for itself that I effort for a convincing entree.
Realize yourself that street photography is a very difficult chapter that requires a lot practice.
The series shows my current street photography level but I realize that there’s always space for improvement.
Reply DeeAugust 27, 2014 at 8:51 PMI love your creativity and the black and white makes it even more interesting!
Reply PatyOctober 2, 2014 at 1:21 AMThanks for sharing I always learn something that I can put to great use. I spend my days as a private editor for some amazing wedding photographers and my nights and weekends loving on my family :) Get access to my free ebook here.



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