Are you taking my photo?

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1/250 f/5.6 ISO 200 25mm Pen f

Another street shot on another crossing whilst shooting with Homer Sykes in Portobello Road, London.

This one was risky but both passed me without incident. I pretended to keep shooting and they passed me by. Hopefully, they thought I was shooting the area and not them.

This gives the shot some intensity though as I especially like how the ma is looking straight at me, making his mind up about what to do or say.

I wonder what he is thinking? Maybe I don’t want to know!

4 thoughts on “Are you taking my photo?

  1. It is always a risk. Discretion is the better part of valor, learning to be discrete. In NYC many people don’t like having their pictures taken. In the highly visited areas, I am told the locals fee like zoo residents….But the process is all worth it….Well done.

    1. Thank you. I normally use my 45mm (90mm) lens to give some distance. This was closer than normal but worked well and his expression helped.

      I don’t think I’d ever do this in NYC though (although I’ll have to check old photos to see if I have!)

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. In the United States photography in public areas is protected under the 1st amendment. That doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged.

    I once was photographing pedestrians from across a street. Once they crossed one of my subjects asked me if I had photographed her. Yes, I replied. She then requested that I delete it. I declined and gave her a short 1st amendment speel. After consulting with what I think was a lawyer friend she left.

    Btw this photo was with a Full size slr I have always noted that people in public always seem to freak out a little when they see someone photographing people with one. People don’t seem to care about the plethora of security cameras on every light pole, what database are those images going in?

    For this reason I now exclusively do street photography with my smart phone. It is small, compact and everyone’s holding one. I’ve developed several techniques. One is to hold your phone down by your side or at an angle or otherwise near Your shoulder and release the shutter as you pass an interesting scene. Another is to put your phone on a selfie stick but keep it quite short coupled with a Bluetooth release you can look very inconspicuous.

    I’m nearly always get some good shots after the edit.

    1. I agree. You have to be discreet and people seem less bothered with small compact cameras or smart phones.

      And if you’re polite when they ask to delete a photo I think it’s fair.

      Asking people before taking the photo was new to me and an interesting challenge. Some people were very open and that was quite refreshing.

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