“Six pack coming soon”

Sydney January – July 2017 (8 photos)

“As promised…”

“The girl with a bird tattoo”

It’s been a while since I posted some of my usual street candid photography.


In case you’re wondering, that is a deliberate blur of my reflection in that man’s sunglasses.

“SMS Alert – Draco is in the area”

Actually, I’ve been photographing on the streets of Sydney almost weekly in preparation for my next overseas trip in a few weeks. This trip will involve more street photography than my recent trips to Cambodia and New Zealand. In fact, I’ve even arranged a full day street photography photowalk with a published documentary photographer who has worked for Time and National Geographic, amongst other publications. I’ve never done a photowalk with anyone before. Hopefully I can get some nice street shots, whilst sightseeing at the same time, and learning a few new tricks from an expert.

“In a world of her own”


I find street photography immensely exciting and satisfying. The thrill of not knowing what will happen, and where or when that next shot will come from. There’s the excitement of photographing people up close and from directly in front of them without being noticed. Because I walk straight at people, I’ve almost bumped into several of the people after I’ve photographed them. None of them has ever said anything to me but there’s always the chance of being caught. There’s nothing like …

“The element of surprise”

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64 thoughts on “Ahhh…

    • I’m eager to learn from a pro and see if I can do anything different. And being in a different environment may actually help me to see the unusual a bit more clearly. We’ll see if that works out.
      Sadly, too many coffees and croissants. The six pack isn’t what it used to be. 🙂

  1. Sounds like a very privileged photowalk you’ll get to experience soon. Good luck with it and hope you pick up some tips. These photos are amazing, and perhaps what you’ll learn will take your photography to the next level. And you even know how to completely erase yourself from the shots if you want to. Leave no trace indeed 😀

    • I’m keen to observe how a pro documentary photographer goes about getting his shots, and learning some new ways. He’s already reviewed some of my street photography and given me some helpful tips.

      Thank you very much. I’d be pretty grumpy if I didn’t notice that reflection and removed it. A couple of people have actually seen me in reflections in some of my previous photos. I had to go back and re-edit some of them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you. It is much easier to be inconspicuous when you’re on your own. Being with someone else does potentially does make you more visible but I accept it as part of the learning process.

  2. J.D. Riso says:

    So, you’ve never been busted by anyone? I don’t take many people photos, but I have noticed how easy it is to blatantly take them. The general population is totally oblivious. Your next trip sounds fabulous. I’m sure you’ll come back with some gems.

    • Every now and then I get a second glance but no-one has ever approached me. Yes, it is easy when so many people are lost in their own world, on the phone, listening to music or just wanting to avoid eye contact.

      Thank you. I’m hoping the reality lives up to the romance/expectations of the locations I’m going to. I suspect it will. 🙂

  3. KG says:

    😆 The element of surprise indeed! 🙂 I liked the “grumpy old man” one, he did look grumpy 😀 Good luck with your travels (Will you be letting us know where your next travel is gonna be? just asking… 😛 )

  4. I love the three of them peering at the phone. That must have been a darn impressive… something 🙂 🙂 The photo walk sounds fantastic. You will enjoy 🙂

  5. Love the opening shot! Holy smoke!

    Doing street while photo walking with someone is interesting. I’ve done it a couple of times. I find that street is a very solitary pursuit most of the time. So, walking with someone can be beneficial but most of the time it’s a nuisance. I hope that your experience is better than mine.

    Happy hunting!

    • Thank you. It’s a combined session of tourism, instruction and photography in a foreign land. I hope it is mostly fun – after all, I’m on holiday. Having someone speaking the local language may help me with street portraiture.

    • Thank you very much, Lisa. Thee are some very clever t-shirt designs and slogans out there. 🙂

      I hope to have some fun on that photowalk and learn a bit. Good photos will be a bonus.

    • Thanks, Julie. Just haven’t had the time to post all my photos, but I’m definitely still taking street shots. Yes, you know I don’t make my accidental selfies that easy. If I do drop one, I’ll keep quiet about it. 🙂

  6. I love these! And you’re absolutely right — they’re fascinating! I’m glad you’re courageous because you come up with great shots! LOL! Your trip sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I always look forward to your shots! Have a safe and rewarding trip! 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Linda. I like to get a “different” perspective to others. I haven’t left yet, at least not for a few more weeks. However, in my mind I may already be gone. That’s the beauty of travel planning. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. These are terrific LD, looking forward to your results from your day w the pro. I always have some good take-always from those kinds of days. Interesting to see how others approach the art. Loved “coming soon” especially! Do u suppose he bought it himself or it was a gift? LOL

    • Thank you very much, Tina. Yes, I’m really interested to learn on location with a pro, and also walk off the usual tourist trail with a local.

      I can’t even guess how he came by the t-shirt, but any way you look at it it’s a perfect fit. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. LB says:

    Now I’m just curious! Is your destination a secret?
    No matter, I look forward to seeing your images.
    And you know, it’s not just your street shots … it’s the commentary, too 🙂

    • A secret? No, but I’m still planning the details and prefer to keep it low key. However, I have dropped hints on my blog and others’ blogs, and a couple of bloggers do know. The planning is half the fun.
      Thank you. I like to inject a little humour into my posts when I can.

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