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Shooting the Streets – October 2017 Edition

Konzorcij bus stop1

This was taken at the Konzorcij bus stop on Slovenska street in Ljubljana’s city center, probably my favorite ‘street’ image from the past month. I’m especially pleased that it was taken with my iPhone, which I finally made a point to use more in October for some raw street shooting. There’s a habit starting to form, one that I hope to stick to.

Why the switch to iPhone?

Mostly, I’ve gotten tired of lugging a DSLR around for street shooting. It’s difficult to be discreet. With phones, you can blend right in with everyone else that’s walking around with one in their hand. Which these days means pretty much just about everyone else.

While there are obvious limitations with phone cameras, the quality has evolved to an exceptional level. The limitations can be used to your advantage — and to up your game. They’ll force you to shoot more carefully. You’ll pay better attention to color and especially light. I pay more attention to, and learn to anticipate, movement.

And it’s pretty much always in my pocket. Or in a pocket in the bag that’s always on my shoulder.

These were all taken here in Ljubljana –for those new to this site, that’s the charming little city that you’ve probably never heard of that’s the capital of Slovenia, a country at least some of you probably couldn’t place on a map. (Fear not, many of our neighbors in Italy –that’s immediately to our west– and Austria –who are walling off our north– can’t place Slovenia on a map, either.)

The subject matter here spans the gamut. I’m mainly on the look out for interesting looking people that stand out, patterns, contrasts, shapes, moments I can steal –without coming across as a creepy bastard.

What you won’t find here is what typically passes for ‘travel photography’, shots meant for a tourist bureau brochure or promotional snaps for a ‘Visit Us!’ Instagram account. The best street photography captures moments, the heartbeat or sweaty palm of a place, reducing and distilling it to its barest essence. Successfully pulling that off is extremely rare which makes strolling and shooting such an addictive high.

Gledališka pasaza (passage) 3
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 3

Viewers have wildly varying comfort levels with street photography –both in what and how they shoot (if they’re photographers) and what they like to see. When shooting people, closer is usually better. That’s an especially big challenge for some, but to succeed, there’s not avoiding it.

If I’m shooting in obviously public places, I think pretty much anything goes, but I do follow two simple rules: never snap images of children and if I’m shooting a person, to never compromise their dignity.

Processing, or “look”-wise, these are all over the map. This month I’ll work on at least narrowing that down a little bit. Consistency is important.

The rest of my October gallery is below.

Got a favorite? What works? What doesn’t? I would love to read your thoughts. If you’re a blogger and have a similar best-of monthly gallery, drop the link in the comments; I’d love to check ’em out.

 

Chariot driver, Slovenska street
Chariot driver, Slovenska street
Kino Šiška
Kino Šiška
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 5
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 5
Barrel of apples, central market
Barrel of apples, central market
Four bees and two grapes, central market
Four bees and two grapes, central market
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 4
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 4
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 1
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 1
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 2
Gledališka pasaza (passage) 2
Cukrarna 2
Cukrarna 2
Cukrarna bikepath
Cukrarna bikepath
Dramatic readings in a street level window, Nama Department Store
Dramatic readings in a street level window, Nama Department Store
Konzorcij bus stop1
Konzorcij bus stop1
Kongresni Trg
Kongresni Trg
Konzorcij bus stop 2
Konzorcij bus stop 2
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana Castle
Trg Republike (Republic Square)
Trg Republike (Republic Square)
Boarder, Ljubljana Train Station
Boarder, Ljubljana Train Station
Pasaza Kongresni Trg
Pasaza Kongresni Trg
Pošta bus stop 1
Pošta bus stop 1
Slovenska Cesta
Slovenska Cesta
Pošta bus stop 2
Pošta bus stop 2
Horse Burger, Trubarjeva street
Horse Burger, Trubarjeva street
Where is my tie?
Where is my tie?

 

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  1. paula graham says

    Marvellous.

  2. Yeah, Another Blogger says

    I like all of them, Bob.
    Passage 4 is cool, as is Horse Burger, as is . . .

    Take care —

    Neil S.

  3. Mick Canning says

    Super shots, Bob. Now the nostalgia bit: I bought a record (Santana, since you ask) 44 years ago on a market stall in Ljubljana…I wonder…I just wonder…

    1. Bob R says

      Really? Not sure how long this shop has been there, but it’s been a while; I could easily see it occupying that spot in the early 1970s. This one is located in a passage connecting two streets. There are a few shops and a theater. I’ll ask the owner next time I stop in how long he’s been there.

      1. Mick Canning says

        I wouldn’t recognise the location, I’m sure, but you never know. Intriguing thought.

  4. 2e0mca says

    Love the ‘abstract’ tie 🙂 And the lady through the closing doors of the bus. I haven’t moved over to a mobile phone camera myself – opted for going ‘retro’ with a Fujifilm X-Pro 2 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      That’s a very good move. 🙂 The direction I’d like to go as well. I just have to figure out a way to justify/rationalize the price tag. (I’m working on it. 🙂 )

      1. 2e0mca says

        There are a lot of good csc options out there but they’re only a little bit cheaper that the DSLR options. Past experience with a Fuji pointed me that way but you may find a different manufacturer suits you better. What I would say is – the Fuji expects you to think about your settings – no more leaving it on Auto white balance 😉 It’s a challenging camera – I think you’d enjoy it 🙂

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