Assignment 3 – Shooting – Day 3

Still freezing cold, to the point that it snowed on several occasions. However, this time I was wrapped up in more layers of clothing, so I didn’t wind up feeling miserable. In fact… I actually enjoyed myself.

Highlight of the day was only partly photographic in nature. I was approached by a charity worker (for the second time) and on telling her again that I could not pledge a monthly donation due to being a poverty stricken (mature) student… she looked at my camera and said she was into photography too. At this point, I showed her the app I was using on my phone, and how it acted as a remote viewer and shutter release for my camera.  Her jaw dropper, and she commented on how brilliant that would be for street photography. I grinned, and explained that that’s exactly what I was doing. She then said she was a Cartier-Bresson fan, which, I replied, made her the coolest person on the street. She chuckled and I went on my way.

Little things like that brighten up a freezing day.

But as for the actual photography… I shot more images on this one visit that the other two combined, and felt hopeful that I had quite a lot of good material.

Yeah, right.

On transferring from camera to PC, I found a good half were either out of focus or suffered motion blur. Lack of focus is down to the app. It’s slow to focus, or sometimes simply doesn’t bother. Motion blur is my fault. In an effort to not be conspicuous in my activities, I sometimes shoot while still moving. I slow down, but don’t stop. Sometimes stopping is just not practical on a busy city street.

So initially it looked like I had no useable images at all, and only later did I realise that my camera had shut down while mid-transfer, and there were another 90 shots on the memory card. Two of them, thankfully, are very much to my liking.

As per usual, I’m just going to share my rejects here. I like them enough to want to share them, but am saving the best for submission.

It occurs to me that this is counter to what we are supposed to do with these blogs. I should be showing my best images, and seeking feedback on my choices, and there is much to be said for doing that.  Maybe it’s just arrogance on my part, but for this assignment at least, I feel I’m able to recognise my own best shots, and want to keep them as a surprise, showing them all at once on submission.

Whatever. I guess I’ve never been good in regard to feedback… be that seeking it, or valuing it. I do my own thing, and do well or otherwise based on my own choices and abilities. It may not be the ‘correct’ way, but if I should do badly, I’d feel a whole lot better failing based on my own mistakes than if I failed after paying attention to feedback.

There will be those who’d say “so listen to feedback, and if you disagree with it, don’t follow it.”.. and that’s a fair comment. I do, however, find that such things knock my confidence into the floor, and I start second guessing myself. I don’t need that.

Anyway…. here’s some street photography from my 3rd day of shooting in Sheffield.


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Ever since seeing Rhein II by Andreas Gursky  I find myself drawn to scenes with parallel horizontal lines. So these may not be exactly parallel, and there are vertical features… including people… but there’s something I find very appealing about it. If the two pedestrians had actually collided, I might have included this…. but they didn’t.



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A group of ladies waiting for a tram. Not really a decisive moment, but a nice scene, nonetheless.



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The tram arrives.



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An elderly couple heading home from a fleamarket. The man almost trips, and the woman steadies him.  The composition is weak, but I like what the image represents. This whole street photography series has been an exercise in people watching, and I’ve seen so many different aspects of the human condition. Perseverance in maintaining independence into old age is something I care about. I don’t know that I used to think about mortality all that much, but time marches on and you lose people. It changes your perspective.



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I like the sense of life in this image. One chap’s struggling to do up his coat, while another stops mid stride, distracted by something/someone behind him. The group of people in the centre are moving with a purpose… and at first, I didn’t realise what it was. Sing it now…. “We’re all going down the pub!” lalala….



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I really wish this was a stronger composition, because the moment itself is great. Quite how the chap on the mobility scooter got it up on 3 wheels like that I don’t know.



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Humanity. My roots are very much working class, and this scene feels very familiar and comfortable to me. Something about it just makes me smile.



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This one’s all about light, space and movement. Shooting at 1/50th of a second with a 50mm lense often seem to achieve almost magical qualities in terms of motion blur at walking speeds, while also giving a beautiful sense of depth and space. The two pedestrians are almost leaping out of the screen.



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Busy buses and an angry sky. I stood here for some time, and only moved when a taxi pulled in and almost ran me over.



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I wouldn’t fancy the Skoda’s chances against the bus, but there he is, on collision course.



Quantity does not equate to  quality, and for better results… stop walking.