Tag: street photography

Street photography: How do you feel?

I had this idea recently about a street photography workshop with a difference. No messing around with being a leaf on the wind or sight beyond sight. This would be a discussion of ethics.

The basic idea I had was you get a group and split it in two. One group is taken on a normal workshop. The other group then street photos the first. The idea being that the first group learns to empathise with those that they would be photographing.

It’s just an idea and I’m no way running it. I just thought that maybe we need to have more empathy with people rather than seeing people on the street as lens fodder. If everyone is a street photographer now then no-one is. We’re all just people photographing strangers for social media likes. Street photography is about the people. Get to know them and maybe you’ll get better photos.

Liverpool Chinese New Year

It’s been a while since I went to Chinese New Year as a normal every day human. I’m often commissioned to photograph it so it was nice to experience it in a more casual light. This meant I was free to take any photos with any camera and so I took my Leica’s in an attempt to better understand them. They are interesting beasts.

Looking at my results in Lightroom and I took 351 photos in total. After my review process I ended up with 19 from the Leica Q and 6 from the Leica M240. I constantly ask my self was the M240 worth it? I haven’t found an answer to that yet. But that’s a discussion for another day.

So. Chinese New Year. I’ve been visiting for a while and I had hoped that armed with new cameras I would produce fresh new photography. What I found was that I so easily slipped into old habits. Get close up to the main thing and photograph the action. I was basically doing my job.  It’s good that I can easily slip into that mode when needed but I didn’t need to. I wanted to do something new. I bought my flash as I’m really enjoying using flash outdoors now but I just couldn’t get enough light from it. It wasn’t until later on that I noticed the darn diffuser was on. No wonder I wasn’t getting much light. Still, the shots when that worked looked good. I discuss the process and results of photographing Chinese New Year more with images in my latest vlog.

Chinese New Year in Liverpool has always been a crowd pleaser and this year the council and the Chinese Community really went all in. I missed the light up dragons in the evening (late lunch break) but they had light up dragons! That’s very cool. The whole event was really a step up from last year and very well done. The fireworks off the arch were pretty amazing too. I think, for me, I preferred the projection display from last year but that could simply be because it was the first time I’d seen such a thing there so I’m a bit more attached to that. Either way it’s great seeing this sort of event in town and I look forward to next year.