Shoot against the sun

Street portrait of a red haired girl backlit by the setting sun
1/200 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

I’m sure you have witnessed those situations, where people wanting to take a portrait of someone else place their subject to have the sun shining directly onto them. Because it looks nice. Objects look sharp, crisp and colorful when the sun shines on them. That’s definitely valid for landscapes, buildings and stationary things. It’s less favorable for human beings. Because they tend to squint when facing the sun, and you get unfavorable shadows in their eye sockets, especially when the sun is high.

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Behind the glass

Banker sitting in a bank working
1/30 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

While roaming the streets of a city shooting street life, it is worth also looking at what’s happening behind the glass of shops and businesses. Especially when you are new to street photography, this unobtrusive way of taking pictures of strangers might be a good way to slowly extend your comfort zone, as your subjects tend not to notice you.

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Street Photography Quick Tip (17)

Street Portrait of a bearded old man
1/400 sec – f/5 – ISO 200 – 100mm


Street Photography Quick Tip 17 – Shoot with what the sun gives you

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets.

Photography literally means „drawing with light“. The sun is the principal lightsource out in the streets. But unlike a studio lightstand, you can‘t move the sun around to direct the light to where you want/need it. Obviously there are some workarounds, like using a reflector to throw back the light on the subject and brighten up the shadows. But in street photography, this is not practical and we need to shoot with what the sun gives us.

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Time to relax with a coffee in the sun

Flying Coffee
Flying Coffee | Nuremberg | 2018

Sure there was some “Angst” right before pushing the button to activate the new blog theme (Baskerville 2).  I did some testing and experimenting using the new theme’s live preview in the WordPress customization area. When I was happy I went live, hoping that all my blog contents created during the past three years would still be there. It was. This morning I had a chat with the WordPress support to obtain some custom CSS code for viewing platform specific dynamic sizing of my logo that sits on top of whatever header image I desire to feature. I got the code after ten minutes, and it looks ok to me. Also, with the switch to the new (officially supported) theme, it looks like the broken functions are fixed again. The search works. Continue reading “Time to relax with a coffee in the sun”

She didn’t look up

Girl reading a book in a coffee shop
Coffee Shop Reading | Portland | 2019

Street Photography is about capturing scenes of every day life as it happens. Like this girl reading a book while sitting in the window of a coffee shop in Portland. I liked her style and the just so slight smile on her lips. I was standing on the sidewalk directly in front of her, snapping a few initial photographs. I always want to make sure to capture at least one good shot before the scene changes. Continue reading “She didn’t look up”

Sun’s Out

Finally Sunshine

The sun came out today. Just in time to lighten up The Significant Other’s birthday. It seems everyone is out in the Streets of Nuremberg to catch some warming rays and anticipate the coming spring. Only the forecast calls once more for dropping temperatures and snow. Flying out to the Pacific Northwest on Monday I had hoped to escape the return of winter, but it seems the weather in Portland will be even worse in the next ten days. So it will be a lot of puddle shooting and plenty time to spend in the photography section of Powell’s books on West Burnside Street…. Continue reading “Sun’s Out”

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