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    Posted: 12 June 2009 at 14:24
Here are a couple:

http://fchesneau.deviantart.com/art/Pinhole-street-125594398
http://fchesneau.deviantart.com/art/Crops-103763771





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 14:46
Welcome to Dyxum Frederick.

You need to read about Posting Images and Links.

Also have a look at what I used for URLs for those two shots (use Post Options/Edit).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 14:58
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 15:21
I still think that many of the shots in the threads with this topic are simply shots taken in streets (subjects in environments), or streetscapes, rather than ones which meet the strict definition of "street photography" where there is a greater "focus" on the people in view.

There's some good reading material here.

NOTE: The comment above is not aimed at any specific individual.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 15:47
I don't think oblique comments or links to other generalities like that are much help. You should be specific with criticism for it to do any good.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 16:27
People are missing the point with "Street Photography" in a number of different ways, and I take brettania's comment to be addressed to a number of us who are missing the point for a variety of reasons.

"Street Photography" isn't exactly my strong point, but I'll take a stab at clarifying. My layman's definition of Street Photography is that it tightly focuses on a stranger and tells a story of the interaction between that stranger and the environment they are in.

The first two pictures on this page, by fchesenau, are interesting pictures, but they are not street photography. The first is a picture OF a street, and the second is a picture FROM a street. To be street photography, they would have to include a person in them interacting with the scene.

Your two pictures come closer. In the first one, if you were cropped in closer so that the picture was more tightly focused on the girl on the sidewalk and the "speed dating" graffiti beneath her, it would be a great, funny bit of street photography. But framed way back the way it is now, it's a scene on a street, with some random people doing random things.

In your second one, if again you were much closer and included just the three people and the sailboat they are looking at, you would be have a workable bit of street photography. Framed way back where you are now, there are many focal points, and when there are many there are really none. It's a nice scene, but not street photography. Not tightly focused, telling a story.

That's my take, for what it's worth.

Edited by wross - 12 June 2009 at 16:36
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 16:30
Walt, you missed one important bit: it must be B&W or otherwise it's not a street photography

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 16:34
Ach! Ignore MiPr! He's colorblind anyway!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 16:36
As a fellow 'non street photographer' like Walt, I can only agree with what he has said, though maybe someone more dedicated to this area would disagree with us, I'm not sure.

Eitherway, I would like to say I think there can be too much emphasis put on the different genre's of photography. They don't make or break a photo. If you really enjoy the subject/environment you're working with, you really put yourself into the work and present it through your own eyes it doesn't matter what you want to call it - it should speak for itself.

I appreciate we don't always get that involved with what we photograph or create, but that is one thing that comes to mind when looking at the above shots; they lack any real passion or creativity.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 17:25
I enjoy doing some sort of a mix between street photography, subjects in environments and environmental portraits, but here are some criteria which I think have to be satisfied in order for a photograph to be called street photograph.

- people are shown in an outdoor scene/situation or city environment

- it should not be a portrait of the human depicted, the person is not meant as a private person but stands as anonymous figure showing and describing live nowadays in the streets. The persons are only protagonists for the everyday human situation.

- in a good street photograph all the elements work together, only the combination of the environment/background, the human and the pose/situation together make the photo.


I agree with everyone who has commented above, except for MiPr
Richard is right in saying that many times photos are pressed into some genres without necessity, because the only thing that counts is that it's an appealing photo. But in an area as the themed views, I think the photos should be posted in categories which should fit the photos, and I agree with Cameron that many I count very few of the photos posted here lately as true street photographs
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 17:25
Thanks Walt. I have been hesitant to do any cropping in the absurd belief that I should have got it right in the first place. In the case of the lakefront scene here is the original.

I thought it did need cropping since it was pretty busy with a lot going on. In full size you would probably miss too much and may overlook things like the walker and the gull on the lamp post. I thought the walker peering at me from under the pine bough was quite interesting from a street photography point of view and compliments the rule of thirds of the whole image. I just wanted to include what I saw as highlights. I think cropping to just the group peering over the lake at the sailboat race would be a lot less interesting and would kill a nice composition. Thank you very much for your valuable input.

As for the gal on the sidewalk graffiti I think it must stay as shown. The tree crotch on the left is very erotic and quite in sync with it all, --don't you think?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2009 at 18:20
If I'm allowed, I'd like to repost some of the street photographs shown in the previous street photography topics I like most to go with my comments from above:



















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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2009 at 00:32
Hi Brettania,

Thank you, I noticed afterwards that I posted wrong but didn't have time to change it yet.

I am posting one more as part of this reply, hope it's ok. I think it's more in keeping with the theme.



Edited by fchesneau - 13 June 2009 at 00:33
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