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Another Street Portrait Adventure

My background in photography has mainly been portrait photography both on location, in the studio, with flash, and without flash. However, I’ve been following street photographers online for several years now and I have dabbled a little in the genre a few times. Over the last month or so I have really taken on making street portraits. I’ve combined street photography with my photography background, and I must say, doing street portraits has brought a fresh of breath air to photography for me. I have already met and photographed so many interesting people. I’ve been able to experiment with a few different types of films and processes and I think I have found my niche. I really like shooting with Fomapan 400 film and using a flash to illuminate my subject. I use a diffuser on the flash to soften the light a bit and I prefer to get in as close as I feel my subject will allow. Of course, at times there are those portraits where I feel I need to get a little bit of the scene around my subject. As this year comes to a close, I will be publishing a 2017 Street Portraits zine in early 2018. Be on the lookout!

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Street Portraits with Fomapan 100

I have been doing street portraits for about a month now, and I am still trying to find my “style”. I’ve been experimenting with different films and lighting techniques. Sunday, December 10 2017, I hit the streets again loaded with Fomapan 100 to see what the pictures would look like. This was the first time I’ve shot Fomapan 100. The results and gear used are below.

Gear:

  • Bronica ETRS
  • Zenzanon 75mm F2,8 lens
  • Fomapan 100
  • Vivitar 285 flash mounted on speed grip

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Several months ago I was in Half Price Books and came across a book about the musician Beck. Since the mid 1990s he’s been one of my favorite artists. I bought the book and thumbed through it briefly until recently. 

The book is made up of lots and lots of pictures from his shows, behind the scenes, and random pictures while on tour and in the studio. Part of the book is conversations with his photographer, Autumn De Wilde. I found the book to be very interesting and I believe is a must get if you’re into photography, music, or both. This has become one of my favorite photos books. 
(Excuse my poor images as the photos of the book were taken with my cell phone)

One thing I found most interesting and awesome was that all images in the book were shot on 35mm, 120 film, or instant film. 

Street Portraits with Alex, Clint, & Vlad: 01.02.17

On Friday December 2nd 2017 I met up with 3 fellow photographers at Cold Beer Company in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas, Texas for a cold brew, a bite to eat, and some good company. Once the sun dropped, after a bite to eat, and some good conversation, The Photastic 4 hit the streets to document the night.

While I am still experimenting with my set up, Friday night was the first time I shot on the streets at night doing street portraits. Instead of shooting with the flash off camera triggered by the wireless newer trigger and receiver, I had the flash mounted on the speed grip off to camera right a bit. I also had a diffuser mounted on the flash to soften the light. Below is what was used and some of the shots:

Gear used:

  • Bronica ETRS
  • 75mm F2.8 Zenzanon lens
  • Vivitar 285hv flash
  • Fomapan 400 film shot box speed

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Street Portraits: 11.26.17

I went back to Deep Ellum in Dallas to do some more street portraits. Today, I took a little different approach. First, instead of pushing the Fuji Acros 100 film to 400, I shot it at 100. Also, instead of shooting with a bare bulb flash I used a small diffuser to spread out and soften the light a little. I did have some problems with the flash firing at times. I think it had to do with the transmitter and/or receiver. Eventually, somehow, it worked itself  after I rearranged how the cords were attached on the camera. Here are some of the results that I got.

Gear used:

  • Bronica ETRS
  • Zenzanon 75mm F2.8 lens (50mm full frame / 35mm equivalent)
  • Vivitar 285hv flash
  • Aurora light bank
  • Neewer transmitter / receiver
  • Fuji Acros 100 film

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Street Photography: Street Portraits

Several years ago, somehow, I came across a particular YouTube channel hosted by Eric Kim. He was always talking about street photography. It captivated me. I watched as many of his videos as possible. Through Eric I learned about many other photographers who did street photography. Eric taught many different aspects about the genre. He taught about zone / scale focusing, He talked about many different techniques used to capture images of people on the street. Eric talked about using flash. He also talked about how small cameras were “best” for the genre, as smaller cameras seem less “in your face” as one is generally trying to get candid shots of people on the street.

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(Image above was a test shot taken of a photographer that was shooting with me today)

I’ve tried do this type of photography several times before, but with little success. I do like making portraits as that’s what I’ve been commissioned to do for many years now. Now I consider myself a people person as I love photographing people. I love meeting new people, I enjoy people watching out in public, but walking up to strangers and taking a photo of them has just been way out of my comfort zone. Today, November 24, 2017 I decided to give it another shot. I decided I was going to make street portraits. I decided I was going to walk up to strangers and ask permission to make a portrait of them. While this is still somewhat out of my comfort zone as well, I remembered something that Eric taught in several of his videos. He has a challenge where he challenges photographers to go out there and ask strangers permission to make their portrait. But the catch is… you have to try to get 10 people to say no. Well, today I was getting “yes” after “yes” after “yes.” At the end of the day I ended up with only 3 people saying no, which gave me a failure rate of only 15%. Or, if you’re a glass half full type of person, I got a success rate of 75%. Today I met several wonder people as well as a possible future client as one of the guys is in a band who is needing photography. Today was a success and I will definitely be making more street portraits in the future.

Gear used:

  • Bronica ETRS
  • Zenzanon 150mm F3.5 lens
  • Vivitar 285hv flash
  • Neweer wireless flash trigger and receiver
  • Fuji Neopan Acros 100 pushed to 400

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Photography. Dance. Music.

Photography and music are big passions of mine. While I’d argue that I cannot dance, I really have the utmost respect and admiration for those who can. For this shoot I photographed a young lady who is involved in music, dance, acting, and modeling. Talk about talent. She’s got it. Here are a few images we ended up with for the day…

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