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Another Portrait Photography Shoot By…. Me

It has been awhile since I carried out my last portrait photography shoot, so I was really pleased to organise another one. This time round the model was a girl named Lily and the town of Haslemere was the location.

The conditions were certainly very different to the previous shoot, the previous shoot was a typically overcast England day with showers. This time round, it felt like the first day of Summer all over again. (due to the fact, we have had another terrible summer in grey England!) The sunshine though sadly causes other issues in portrait photography, the main ones being harsh lighting, harsh shadows and high contrast situations. I enjoyed the challenge though of working with the conditions. Afterall, the best photographers can produce amazing photographs in every situation.

I still need to vastly improve my portrait photography skills, but I am really enjoying the learning process.

All comments are welcome…:-)Lily_Bridge_HeadshotLily_Bridge_PoseLily_Swing_Portrait_2

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Philipp Klinger: One of Flickr’s Favourite photographers

Philipp Klinger is one of the most viewed photographers on Flickr, I thought the time had come to add one of his most viewed photographs to the blog. This photo ‘New York- Brooklyn bridge sunset’ has gained a quite incredible 260,000 views and has amassed over 1000 comments, it is clear to see why as it is a staggering capture. This photo really highlights the brilliance of good ole’ New York city!

Brooklyn bridge sunset phillip klinger flickr


B. Image: Interview: An insight from the lens of a Street Photographer

I have featured the extraordinary work of street photographer B.Image twice on the blog now and I am glad to bring you an interview directly from the man himself! Enjoy this insight into the work and life of this inspiring photographer.

On Bangkok street...Siam Paragon, street Portrait #51

How did you get into photography?

My interest in photography started during my school days when I did some portraits and street photography with a semi-automatic camera (it wasn’t my machine though). But it stopped for a good number of years because there wasn’t anyone to share this interest with. A handful of my colleagues who took up photography  shared their skills and it was one of them who introduced me to flickr back in the year 2009. My interest for photography came back and shortly after that, I got my first camera, the Nikon D90.

What inspires you to create the work you do?

The people. Lives of people. To document where they have been to and what they were doing, the attire they were wearing on that particular day at that very second through my lens. “This is you. You were there, on this street and a street portrait of you was taken.” And when they look back (hopefully), they will remember that this event has happened in their lives and they are part of the street portraits series.On the night street of Bangkok...Khao San

What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?

The moment when I know that I’ve got the shot.

What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?

Nothing pretentious. Every street portrait that was taken portrays the stranger in his or her natural state/emotion. “Be yourself, be natural”.

On Bangkok street...Siam Paragon, Portrait #48

Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)

There are not any special techniques. It’s the usual aperture priority or manual. I wouldn’t want to hold the stranger up for more than one minute.

What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?

Portraiture photography is one area that I will continue to pursue, especially street portraits because there is no end to it. I have been doing this in Singapore, some in Malaysia and a good handful in Bangkok. I do have plans to visit other places to keep the street portraits evolving.Street Portrait #38

I see you mainly focus on ordinary people on the street in your photography and you clearly have great people skills. How do you approach people you wish to photograph? How do you help them to relax in front of the camera?

A lot of people have asked me this question from time to time. This is what I do…
I walk a lot on the street. Yes a lot, from one spot to another and sometimes I will go to another location within the day if I have too. I stop by at different areas for breaks while still paying attention to the people. I observe the things that they do, be it reading something, talking on their mobile phone, texting, hanging out with friends, walking alone, how and the way they walk and at what pace. I observe the behavior, personality, aura and body language. Now that I’m doing street fashion, I will have to observe the attire as well. Yes, there are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration before I step up to ask for a portrait. I can’t ask for everything, but I will be selective to choose the appropriate person at the proper time without invading their privacy on the street.

“Excuse me, can I take a picture?” When I ask, I look in the eyes of the stranger and smile at the same time while holding my camera in front of me. As you can see, three things are during the few seconds when I present my request. Looking in the eyes shows your sincerity, smiling makes the people feel at ease (people love a smiling photographer, this is very true!) and holding the camera in front of you allow’s the person to identity your interest immediately.

Do people question my motive? Yes they do, most of them do. And I have spent a long time thinking about how to convey my request across to the person in the shortest and most effective manner, to strike curiosity and make them want to be part of my street portraits collection. I also have to make sure that I do not fumble when I’m asked about the purpose of my image making process. I still remember back in the days when I started my “Street Portraits 365 Days”, I’ve used various opening lines and trying to explain my purpose behind the project. While I may have some success, I wasn’t too happy with my lines. But the idea became more apparent as I step out for more street portraits every weekend, and finally, I found my magic word.

It is almost impossible to get the people to feel relaxed in front of the lens if you are feeling tense behind your camera. I tell them what I want, to have them relate to my emotion and express it on their own. A little connection is all it takes to earn that trust between you and the intended person whom you approached. At the end of the day, they get the picture, I get, The Shot!

Thank you for very much for taking time out for the interview, Boong.

To see more of B.Images work, visit his Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-image357/.

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LJ.- A Staggering Portrayal of Life on the streets

I stumbled across this incredible portrait of a Homeless man on Flickr, this really is a powerful and memorable photograph. I have found in recent times, that sometimes ‘photographing the homeless’ has become a fashionable thing to do! I personally find this a bit insulting, as it appears some people are taking photographs of the homeless purely because it’s an easy and cheap way to make ‘ART’ as they see it.

This image is refreshing, as it is authentic and genuine. His piercing eyes are filled with soul and emotion, the connection with camera and subject is incredibly strong. The fact he is using ‘cardboard’ instead of paper for joints that he smokes reveals the hardship the man is suffering on a daily basis. Truly moving!

Homeless man streets smoking emotion moving sadness powerful


B.Image: More Street Portraits from Asia

Another opportunity today for me to include some more of street photographer B.Image’s portraits, his work really has a touch of brilliance to it. He ask’s a random member of the public to pose for him on the spur of the moment, the result is a professional looking portrait photograph. Enjoy these stunning shots from the streets of Asia!

Street Portrait beautiful girl asian fashion dress photograph

Street Portrait glamourous pretty girl photo

Street Portrait powerful pose man asian photo
Street Portrait beautiful pretty girl portrait


The Fashion Photography of the future? Is Street Fashion

Due to the prolific rise of the internet and people buying less magazines, budgets for fashion shoots have become less and less. This brings up an interesting question ‘What is the future of fashion photography?’, it appears perhaps the future of the finely constructed fashion magazine photoshoot may be potentially under threat. But with change, comes opportunity and fashion photography will continue to exist in one form or another. People will continue to purchase fashion/clothing and of course imagery plays a huge part in exhibiting/advertising changing fashion trends to the public, designers are likely to continue using photography or videos to advertise their new fashion lines.

‘How will fashion photography exist in the future?’ appears to be the real question, this at the moment is an open question. But the following article published last year in the Irish Times, gives a very interesting insight in to how the future of fashion photography may turn out. It appear’s that some of the new up and coming fashion photographers (i.e. Garance Dore) are defining a new style of photography, Street Fashion photography. This appears to be a more reality based style of fashion photography, much of todays fashion imagery is heavily photoshopped and expensively constructed. It will be interesting to see if this new budget conscious and reality based style of photography becomes the new norm in the world of fashion as editorial budgets continue to be cut back.

Personally I hope that the current form of glossy mag fashion photography continues to exist as I feel this form of photography has a special place, but it will be interesting to see how this creative and new style of Street fashion photography progresses as I believe it could be equally effective. Check out the link below-

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/fash-mob/2010/05/04/garance-dore-top-fashion-photographer-of-the-future/

A great image from photographer Garance Dore for Elle Magazine below-

Garance dore Elle magazine street fashion photography


Freedom II: More Photography from the Streets of Japan

After the beautiful additions from Japan yesterday, I thought I would continue the Japanese flavour this week with some work from a photographer who has been featured on the blog before.

These are some of Freedoms latest additions to his flickr page, some really impressive black and white street photos which have alot of mood and intensity to them. They really capture the feel of a fast paced city in a powerful fashion.

Simply click the photos below to see more of Freedom’s work…

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Japan Street Photography candid people black white

Japan Blurry Street Photography black white fast pace

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Ilko Allexandroff: Japanese Portrait Perfection

Introducing to you the great Flickr photography talent that is Ilko Allexandroff, he is a Bulgarian photographer currently based in Japan. His work is very creative and unique and I immediately noticed how his work stands out from the crowd. As you can see , his work is vibrant, has deep and rich colour and the lighting is perfected. Really impressive professional looking photographs are the result!

Especially the featured escalator photograph… Incredible reflections and symmetry! If only that photograph was one of mine…

To see more Ilko’s outstanding work simply click on any of the below images.

Me, Myself and I stunning powerful portrait girl escalator japan photograph

japan model pose beautiful portrait photography

japan street model beautiful pose perspective colour photography

Dreaming of Something Nice pretty model girl photograph stunning colour

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SimplyAbbey: The Walking Wounded (New York Street Photography)

My ‘Flickr find of the day’ is this slice of New York Street photography, it really is an incredible capture! The lighting and composition are spot on, the person walking down the street who appears to be  a lonely figure, adds a real sense of story and mystery to the photograph. It has a real movie feel to it, true art! To see the photographers explanation behind this epic photograph simply click on the image…

night lonely dark art portrait New york street photography

Plus another stunning New York City photograph from Simply Abbey as a bonus…

New york city street photography night lights


50 Stunning Architecture Photographs: Reblog

Architecture photography is not something I have really covered on The Photography Blogger before now, but it is yet another area of photography I like and enjoy looking at. Check out 50 examples of stunning Architecture photography at smashingsapps.com….http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/03/22/50-stunning-examples-of-architecture-photography.html

Architecture is a fine art in terms of creation, for hundreds of years people having been discovering new and innovative ways to design buildings. Architecture design has also become more and more imaginative and we are seeing more and more unusual and unique looking buildings nowadays. Enjoy the beauty of these images…

Stunning reflection city Architecture photography

classic Architecture atmosphere beautiful photography

Reflection clouds usa city architecture photography

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