Street Photography

As with all of these things, a link will lead to a link, will lead to a link.

Gruber linked to Thorsten Overgaard’s pages detailing his purchasing and using a Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera. I had obviously heard of Leica cameras before but never realised just how fantastically expensive they are. Reading the first page lead me to videos on Vimeo by Chris Weeks called Street Photography: Documenting the Human Condition. I’d watched a BBC series called The Genius of Photography and was amazed to see a photographer in New York stood in the middle of the sidewalk just snapping at people as they passed by. Possibly it is my deep seated English reserve but taking pictures of people at such close range is completely alien to me.

The Leica M9 cameras do look amazing and everyone uses the viewfinder against the right eye, with both eyes open. That does seem a little strange as the camera juts out a full camera length from the photographers head. Because the camera has no mirror that flips up they’re almost silent in operation allowing the sneakiest of shots.

One thing that Chris mentioned is that you should get the picture right in the camera. Get the exposure right, get the focusing and the framing right instead of spending hours trying to doctor a bad shot in photoshop.

  • Posted on Sunday, 17 April 2011
  • Tagged with photography