Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Easy Like Sunday Morning

This past Sunday I had woke up pretty early in the morning. Feeling pretty good and motivated, I grabbed my gear and headed downtown for some street shooting. My thought process was while I do ALOT of street shooting at night, I had been wanting to get out during the day also. After a conversation with the editor from the Tucson Sentinel, he had asked me if I could snap a few photos of people reacting to the heat lately. Having arrived and parked, I set out with one camera and one lens. Let me explain why I feel it's a good idea to only take one camera and one lens. When you have shoot this way you're not worried about anything but getting a good shot. No lens change, no body change, just supreme familiarity with your setup. All too often people miss great photos because of the time it takes to change a lens/body. Also, I prefer to travel lightweight, in street photography you end up walking alot. There is nothing worse than lugging a bunch of gear around. Alot of gear and bags make you stand out. Try to blend in as best you can to get close and get those photos you want. My personal favorite from this day, is the shot of the guy scratching his back with a knife. As I approached I noticed what he was doing and instantly raised my camera to my eye. Continuing to walk towards him with camera raised and ready, I waited until I got close enough, because that's when he looked right up at me. Bang. Get the eyes and facial expression. That's how you do it. That to me, is the essence of street photos. Capturing the rawness of the street by adding the human element that the viewer can relate to. If you're at all interested in learning from me and how I do things. Attend my future workshops. Details to come. Until next time.

Scooting along

50mm,  1/2000s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600

From the hip. Low and Wide

18mm,  1/2500s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600

I was happy with this one because, I only took one shot while walking by. No cropping, composition is spot on. Dude has a blowout supreme

50mm,  1/1000s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600

The desert gives you dat sick thirst

Near City Hall

Cooking at the bus stop

50mm,  1/400s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600

Game Over

Apparently they give out free coffee on Sunday at the main library

Dont be afraid to get really close and shoot from the hip using a wide angle lens. You might like the results

18mm,  1/1600s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600
Personal favorite

1/800s,  F/8.0,  ISO 1600



  1. Thank you Ricardo, are you yourself living in Spain? kinda funny we have the same name haha