In street photography preparation and opportunity = luck. Can't remember who told me, but I think it is true. Prep your camera, find your location wait for mr/mrs opportunity to walk right on by.Ray, you bring up the topic of "planned" with regard to street shots. When I look at sites with a lot of street photography it often occurs to me that some of them are planned, even to the point of using a friend or model. Strictly speaking that would not be traditional street photography. Yet, a certain amount of planning goes into a street shot of the sort that involves waiting at a particularly photogenic spot for the elements of moving people etc. to fall into place. We know that Henri C-B did this. So I guess we come back to the maxim that there are no rules, though some of us would say that the use of models for the shot on the streets would probably move the picture out of the street photography category. I also like that shot with the circles. Nicely composed.
I don't think "street" photography has to be spontaneous. And yes, the cyclist in HCB's photo is the prime example of that. Strangely, I have never really particularly cared for that HCB photo. I like your circles photo better.Armando, that shot through the circles I didn't even think of as a street shot. It was as far from spontaneous as anything I've ever shot. My wife and daughter and I were having coffee on that bench on the playground. I finished first and got up and walked around shooting for a few minutes. That's them on the bench. I guess the cyclist lends a bit of "street" spontanaity to the shot, but I wasn't even aware of him or her until I processed it. It was a fully planned and contemplated shot. There, now all of my secrets are out in the open!
Hmmm, cloaked figure in blue??? I hate to blow the illusion you're enjoying so much, but I THINK its just a closed umbrella... But thanks for the comments on the rest of the photo - I kind of like it too. No great composition or image to it, but a LOT to look at. I can spend some time exploring that one.There's something about that cloaked figure in blue in the rooftop garden scene that I find particularly cool - and I love the blue and green windows...and all the little window reflections that give us glimpses of what the rest of that part of the city is like. Very neat to have so many details to look at and yet, the big picture of the scene itself is just as wonderful. One of my favorites!
And the one of these two pals...are they, by chance, walking along "The High Line"?
Thanks DJ. Re your earlier comment, yeah housing in Atlanta is expensive (I have a niece there), but housing in New York City, at least in Manhatten, is really stratospheric. I've looked at the ads in some realty office windows and it's all I can do not to laugh. Or cry.I was thinking "What, that's just an umbrella". I'm glad I wasn't the only one . Lovely image.