Street photography isn’t my particular strong suit. A take a lot of product photos, photos of my daughter, and photos of buildings (especially when I travel), so street photography has never made it to the top of my shoot list.
However, a recent Fujifilm X-Pro 2 purchase begged for a few “shoot-from-the-hip” style photographs.
I saw a Youtube video once where the gentleman shot with a Leica. He set aperture and manual focus ahead of time, then walked down the street and made conversation with random strangers as they walked by. Throughout the conversation, he’d shoot different photos of the stranger, often coming up with the most candid, most personal shots of a happy stranger in need of a compliment. The shutter of the camera was so quiet and the conversation so bubbly, the subject never knew they were being photographed.
It was one of the coolest ways of shooting I’d ever seen. (Although, perhaps, not a method I’d recommend, as it’s not the coolest thing to be shooting photos of complete strangers without their knowing.)
Now, I didn’t do this in Toronto — I don’t have the type of personality to strike up random conversations with busy city-goers just trying to get home after a long day of work. Instead, I shot from the hip and flew by the seat of my pants.
Some came out looking neat. Others, well — I still have some learning to do.