I got lucky with this shot. I had already passed this doorway when something made me turn around. This man had just appeared carrying a large can of construction debris. I had my camera ready and took a single exposure.
This group of friendly panhandlers on Cambridge Street in Boston look almost like they’re posing. They weren’t though. In fact the guy on the right spotted my little Ricoh GR camera and cheerfully yelled something I didn’t understand as I strode by.
I’ve tried a lot of camera brands for street photography but none have served me better than Ricoh. It’s very small, it’s got a great lens and best of all, it allows something called “snap shooting” which is having the camera always prefocused so all one has to do is click the shutter. In short, it’s discrete and deadly fast.
There’s a very nice coffee house/snack shop on Charles Street near where we live in Boston called Taté. I went there this morning to buy something called a “morning bun”. It’s addictive! While I was perched on my stool eating, I set my camera up on the table pointing at the checkout counter. From time to time, I idly pressed the shutter button. This image was the best of around a dozen,
Pear or Person? It doesn’t matter. They’re both old. I don’t usually make this kind of photograph but seeing the old wrinkled pear on our kitchen counter made me think of this conceptual shot.
Going back to my previous post about the power of a black and white image. Here’s a comparison of exactly the same image, one with color, the other without. Which has the most punch?
The more I take photographs, the more the power of a black and white image appeals to me. That’s not to say every image looks better in monochrome but when the colors are dull and details lend themselves to having their contrast cranked up, the result can be pretty good.
Color is seductive but all too often it can obscure a weak composition.
The beauty of my little Ricoh GR III is its small size. It enabled me to take a closeup portrait of my “significant other” making a phone call without disturbing her concentration too much. In all honesty, I’ve used her as a subject so many times she is, more than likely, less bothered by this kind of intrusion than others might be but my small camera I’m sure is a help.