Streets away

Not feeling able to get up close and personal to people on the street with my camera I tend to do surreptitious, silhouettes, back shots or faraway looks as in the above view of Trafalgar Square.

The other thing I like to do with crowd scenes is to obscure them into impressionistic outlines – adding a little photoshop artwork sometimes too though I always do compositional blurring at the time of shooting in order to try out various levels of blur. (A different technique is to use slow shutter speeds in fast moving environments that ghosts out the figures but keeps the context crisp)

Getting the blur just right is a matter of taste – I was not happy with this one of distant crowd scene but with some ‘cutout’ photoshopping, it became quite a good poster print

“Abstract art is about color, shapes, light and dark. Turn your lens way out of focus and see how the world looks”

Digital Photo Mentor

By broad definition street photography is not confined to pedestrians but to the whole gamut of what is to be seen there which makes life easier for the camera shy street photographer. Here is South Bank in the pouring rain.

Joining K’lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Street Photography in which “any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, “