More street photos
I used to shoot landscape photos only but now I’ve come to like street photos more and more. Street photography is challenging. It requires high sense of humour, quick thinking and good interpersonal skills, in ways landscape photography does not. Street photos can show more about the photographer than landscape photography does; they reflect his/her views towards the other people, and his/her own emotion and sensibility, again in ways landscape photography does not.
Sorting the hundreds of photos I took during my recent European trip, I find that there is more pleasure in looking at my street photos than my landscape (mostly cityscape) photos. And my wife has the same feeling about the photos she took.
The photo below was taken in Paris, on a street near Louvre, when we (my wife and I) were taking shelter from the rain. I was immediately attracted by the red chairs, tables and cars, but the smile and pose of the lady was the thing that urged me to take out my camera and shoot. I was glad that she had not noticed me and kept her smile and pose long enough for my shot. I was also glad that I did not totally cut off the gentleman from my picture; his cigarette-holding hand and his shoe tip were just enough to complete the scene. But in the hurry of the shot, I also included in the picture a person’s back on the left side. I cut it out (well, I guess such “tampering” is not unacceptable to most people).
The one below was taken in Barcelona, Spain, when we were waiting for the train to get into the city from the airport. Apparently the little girl and her mom also just got off a plane. When they walked pass in front me, I grabbed out my camera without second thought and ran after them and shot. She was just toooooo cute to miss!