Back to my street photography theme! In a recent blog I said that unlike landscape photography were the photographer takes meticulous care to arrange the elements in the frame and to wait for the right light, street photography is very different in that your composition is often imperfect due to the constantly changing scene.
Today I used a technique to try and simplify the streetscape scene. I found a backdrop that I wanted to appear in the photograph and waited for something or someone interesting to enter the frame. Using this approach there was at least one constant that I could depend on.
The background I selected was a large advertising poster in the shop window announcing that they had moved. It featured a coloured lady and what I was looking for was someone to enter the frame that would provide a contrast. It was interesting that people entering the frame were obviously three dimensional, whereas the woman in the poster was two dimensional. However I was conscious that whenever a photograph is exposed the entire image is two dimensional.
I waited in the one position for around 20 minutes (my wife was shopping!) and took several exposures, the image below is probably the best, I have entitled it …on the move!
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