Shooting Street Portraits

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As it is Saturday today, there were plenty of folks wandering around the Boston Garden today providing me ample opportunity to take their pictures. Here are 2 that please me.

PS The guy above seems right out of the hippy era with his lightning earrings and long wavy hair.

Tough Guy (Maybe)

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Actually maybe he isn’t tough at all. Just a loving, gentle dad taking a break on a bench on Charles Street here in Boston. The harsh light gave me an opportunity to emphasise his big arms, strong face and bald head. The black tee-shirt and strong shadows complete this rather menacing street portrait.

Filthy Day Friday

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I was street shooting in the Massachusetts town of Brookline this morning. It was one of those rainy, raw, and windy days when everybody was bundled up just trying to stay dry.

Nobody had a camera out unless it had some kind of weatherproofing. Since I did have such an instrument, I was able to take a few photographs like the one above. The only minor problem was the water drops on my lens. However, upon reflection, they probably add to the atmosphere of the shot.

My 10,000 Steps Yesterday

Walking is good exercise. That’s pretty much a given. One’s daily wanderings can be enhanced greatly by carrying a camera. Here is my harvest from yesterday.

I met this guy while I was watching a gathering of people celebrating something called “4/20”. You don’t know what “4/20” is? I certainly didn’t. My friend here said, “It’s a pot celebration day, man. Look how mellow these folks are.” They certainly were.

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We have a lot of asian tourists here in Boston. Unlike some cities in the far east our air is really pretty clean. However this lady was taking absolutely no chances.

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Finally there was this somewhat overweight young dancer practicing her pirouettes in a small side street.

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It was a pretty good haul. I don’t normally get this lucky.

 

The Printed Page

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The sharpness of this photograph is not the best but I like it anyway. It was taken in the wonderful new cafe at the Boston Public Library. Clustered around the coffee bar were a group of people all reading books or newspapers. Nobody was looking at a digital device. Refreshing!

Thinking of My Technique

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One of the biggest allies of a street photographer is stealth. At least that’s the way I approach it. I’m not an in-your-face and I don’t give a damn kind of shooter. I like blending in with the background, or maybe being a wisp of smoke in the distance.