Say Cheese

Big Wave | New York City | 2018

No, “say cheese” is not what I say when taking a candid street portrait of a complete stranger. Actually it is much simpler. Walking up, smiling, raising the camera, taking the shot, smiling again, maybe waving “thanks”, walking away. That’s standard street photography. About half of the people put up a smile and actually like having their picture taken, the other half doesn’t react much, and then there is maybe one in fifteen tries where the person signals they are not in agreement to have a stranger take their picture. In those cases I smile “thanks anyway” and walk away. No big deal. No reason to be anxious taking portraits of strangers.

Photograph taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. Image specs 1/60 sec @ F/4 and ISO 250, 29mm focal length. I was standing directly in front of this guy, you can see my reflection in the window of the ice cream parlor.

Wish you a great Saturday

Marcus

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  1. The way you say it, it looks so simple. But doing it….. Well I have learned some very new and interesting words when trying. But I’ll keep on trying. Great shot by the way.

  2. Nice photo Marcus! I’d not be comfortable taking photos of anyone so directly here in Vegas. People here can be weird.

  3. 😀 That’s a great shot and explanation. The only gesturing of this kind I’ve done so far was to gesture to a man standing next to some street art that Nooooo, relax, you’re not in the frame! 😀

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