topman

Sydney July 2013

As a candid photographer, I find intersections to be a favourite hunting ground. You can get a decent amount of time to scan the pedestrians on the other side to identify interesting people, change position if necessary, and sometimes, you can arrange an interesting background. It’s an environment where people aren’t put off by others so close, and where someone walking right at you doesn’t raise any suspicion. You can be right in front of someone and they won’t see you. An opportunity for wonderful candid expressions. πŸ™‚ I find manual focus at 2-4 metres works best in these situations.

Some other intersection shots:

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Topman

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61 thoughts on “Topman

  1. That guy is pretty serious. I wonder what music he’s listening to. Or is he frowning because there is too much sunshine? That is a damn busy intersection. Are you sure there are no pickpockets. During the last summer olympics in London the pickpockets had a heyday. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Last picture – awesome!
    Haha, i can imagine you just sitting there, smiling to yourself and taking pictures… Watching people.. Daydreaming.. I would gladly join you.

  3. You have captured that perfect sense of everyone in their own little world together! What I love about shooting at intersections is that I look so lost, confused – I am the “tourist” everyone is anxious to ignore!

  4. Gede Prama says:

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart.

  5. Nice shots! Street is a genre I have just started dabbling in this year really, with the purchase of my Fuji X-E1. I have a great admiration for street shooters, and it grows the more I practise it myself. Not an easy genre at all and very different from my usual landscape work.

    • Thank you. That’s a fantastic camera and certainly built for street work. The 2 hardest moments I found were the first couple of shots, particularly from head on and then the first time I was “caught” doing it. πŸ™‚

  6. South African-born England batsman, Kevin Pietersen on the streets of Sydney? He must have been in town or nearby and in the heat of a summer afternoon, covering his collection of tattoos with a hoodie must have been very uncomfortable.

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