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A genre in itself, street and journalistic photography embrace many disciplines.
- Candid shots, street portraits, newsworthy editorials or just the raw nature of the human experience.
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Re: Simon the Spoon Player

Postby Graham Smith » Tue May 02, 2017 8:29 pm

minniev wrote:You feel among friends because you are among friends, as is Simon, with all his enthusiasm and all that expression in his eyes, so well captured and presented - joy, sorrow, tenderness, pain, resilience. A magical series. Welcome, Graham.


Where would I be without you Minnie? Not here, that's for sure :thumbup: :)
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Postby Charles Haacker » Tue May 02, 2017 9:23 pm

Graham Smith wrote:
Charles Haacker wrote:
Graham Smith wrote:This is my first post on here but I do feel as though I'm amongst old friends.

Hi Graham! And you certainly are amongst old friends! I just got here yesterday. :thumbup: :clap:


It is really good to see you here Chuck :thumbup:

You too, Graham! :D
Friends call me Chuck. :photo: This link takes you to my Flickr albums. Please click on any album to scroll through it.
(I prefer to present pictures in albums because I can put them in specific order.)

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Re: Simon the Spoon Player

Postby TomCofer » Wed May 03, 2017 12:13 am

Nice shots. Lots of emotion and character captured there.
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Re: Simon the Spoon Player

Postby St3v3M » Wed May 10, 2017 1:29 am

Hey Graham,
Welcome to a new beginning with old friends. I'm sure more will follow!

And without giving away too much of the magic can you offer a basic primer to how you take and process your images? They're amazing, always amazing!

Thank you again and know you have a home here! S-
"Take photographs, leave footprints, steal hearts"

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Re: Simon the Spoon Player

Postby Graham Smith » Sun May 14, 2017 7:44 pm

St3v3M wrote:Hey Graham,
Welcome to a new beginning with old friends. I'm sure more will follow!

And without giving away too much of the magic can you offer a basic primer to how you take and process your images? They're amazing, always amazing!

Thank you again and know you have a home here! S-


How do I take my images? I have three ways of operating "on the street". Full candid where the subject is unaware that they are being photographed. For this there has to be something interesting in the way the person looks or perhaps the way they are dressed, something to grab the attention such as strong patterns or shadows Random pictures of random people seldom work well.

My second method is "reaction" shots where I catch my subjects immediate reaction to me taking their picture.

My third way is to chat with the subject for a while and then ask if they would mind if I took their picture, this how I took these pictures of Simon.

Taking someones picture on the street is quite a personal thing, almost intimate, so using a telephoto lens to
"snipe" from a distance doesn't sit comfortably with me.

I like to keep processing simple, the original exposure needs to be close to correct, although digital does give you lots of lovely latitude. Then it's very much trying to release your vision for the picture, I will say that I think it is important to have a vision before you trip the shutter and to try to see that vision through to the end product.

For the actual processing of B&W I will use whatever method experience has taught me will give the best results for that particular image and it's vision. I could do all of the work in Lightroom or use the channel mixer in PS but I don't think you can go far wrong with Silver Efex Pro either using the sliders alone or using a pre-set as a starting point.

I study lots of good monochrome images until I get fixed in my mind what makes a good monochrome and then try to acheive that look in my own work.
Graham

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Re: Simon the Spoon Player

Postby St3v3M » Sun May 14, 2017 8:07 pm

Graham Smith wrote:How do I take my images? ...

This should be required reading for all street photographers. Thank you SO much for sharing this with us, and may you always find the light! S-
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