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Subway Stalking

2010 May 25

I’m trying to perfect a new, and admittedly questionable, technique for photographing people in public. As I’ve mentioned here before, people are far more interesting when they don’t know they’re being photographed. So, I keep trying to take pictures without lifting my camera above waist level. I subtly turn the camera in their direction, snap, and then move on. The only problem is my aim is terrible. Nine times out of ten I get blurry pictures of my own feet. I got lucky here. Sort of.

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  1. May 25, 2010

    There’s nothing new about this technique. Street photographers have been “shooting from the hip” for decades. At least with digital, a 1 in 10 success rate has no economical impact. In the days of film, it was a different story.

    As long as your taking photographs in public spaces (where people have little expectation of privacy) and your not “stalking” individuals, I think you should keep working at it to perfect your technique.

    • May 25, 2010

      I only meant thats its new to me. I can’t claim to have invented anything in this world. And I know I always stand on much bigger shoulders.

      I WILL keep working! Check back and see if I get any better.

    • May 25, 2010

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to suggest that you were claiming this as something entirely new. I’m trying to remember some street photographers who were skilled at shooting from the hip. I think that Elliot Erwitt shot from the hip a lot. Can you think of others?

    • May 26, 2010

      I’m not familiar with any actually. I’ll have to more research. Which I should do… thanks for the suggestion!

  2. May 26, 2010

    Rofl..Nine times out of ten I get blurry pictures…I suggest you to use some small fixed cameras with high Pixels on your outfit so that you can get different angles with a single click…I love being photographed without my knowledge 😉

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