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    The Awkward Feeling

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    Taken of Severin Koller's blog to illustrate why people should not use long lenses for street. The man uses an M6 + Leica Summicron 35 f2 for most of his shots. Thanks to Severin Koller, he has inspired me to shoot more street photography lately. 3 cheers to the man.

    His comment that came with this photo is:
    "i always get an awkward feeling when i see people shooting with such lenses in the streets."

    Last edited by clipper79; 06-04-2010 at 04:36 PM.
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    i wonder does the photog get an awkward feeling. hehe.

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by yoong View Post
    i wonder does the photog get an awkward feeling. hehe.
    You mean the one in the picture? He looks like he is trying to disappear into the wall
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    i remember when we had a film outing walking around Petaling Street, we bumped into a group of photogs also doing street shoot with long lens all over and here we are with the longest lens probably 40mm! hahahahaaaa... they looked at us with an awe and we smiled...
    Your 1st 10,000 shots are your worst - H.C. Besson; thank god for memory cards.

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    if you use long lens, 85mm, 200mm and more...for street shooting, and you shoot across the street, wouldn't that be stalking?
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    I was thinking of getting a 600mm lens for street shoot.....not a good idea?.

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by maxby View Post
    I was thinking of getting a 600mm lens for street shoot.....not a good idea?.
    not a good idea on a full frame body, a splendid idea on a 1.0 crop factor body!
    Your 1st 10,000 shots are your worst - H.C. Besson; thank god for memory cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damak View Post
    i remember when we had a film outing walking around Petaling Street, we bumped into a group of photogs also doing street shoot with long lens all over and here we are with the longest lens probably 40mm! hahahahaaaa... they looked at us with an awe and we smiled...
    Probably they will never grasp the concept of street shooting to begin with.

    Quote Originally Posted by red406 View Post
    if you use long lens, 85mm, 200mm and more...for street shooting, and you shoot across the street, wouldn't that be stalking?
    I guess. Maybe these question should be asked to someone who does use these kind of lenses for street shoots

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    I was thinking of getting a 600mm lens for street shoot.....not a good idea?.
    How about this uncle max? Sigma green colour "tong sampah inspired" 1000mm monster. Check out those muscles.
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by clipper79 View Post

    How about this uncle max? Sigma green colour "tong sampah inspired" 1000mm monster. Check out those muscles.
    whoa... not even a monopod..!!
    Comfortably numb...

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    Quote Originally Posted by red406 View Post
    whoa... not even a monopod..!!
    LOL,... red,... monopods look like twigs on these. You'll probably need a tripod to support this monster. Or muscular arms
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    May this inspire you guys as much as it did for me.
    Another one which inspired me was Trent Parke. This is his portfolio.
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    ... i guess it depends on one's intention what you want to get ... maybe the guy isn't shooting 'street'? we all seem to jump to that idea because he is standing in the public ...

    street is so overused anyway ... many of the 'street' are passe and forgettable throwaways images ...

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by behhl View Post
    ... i guess it depends on one's intention what you want to get ... maybe the guy isn't shooting 'street'? we all seem to jump to that idea because he is standing in the public ...

    street is so overused anyway ... many of the 'street' are passe and forgettable throwaways images ...
    Agreed with you fully. Nothing odd about a photographer carrying or shooting with a tele-lens in the street. It all depends on what he is trying to shoot.

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by behhl View Post
    ... i guess it depends on one's intention what you want to get ... maybe the guy isn't shooting 'street'? we all seem to jump to that idea because he is standing in the public ...

    street is so overused anyway ... many of the 'street' are passe and forgettable throwaways images ...
    Quote Originally Posted by pmbillyk View Post
    Agreed with you fully. Nothing odd about a photographer carrying or shooting with a tele-lens in the street. It all depends on what he is trying to shoot.
    Thanks for offering your opinion guys. It is good to have this discussion too
    It really does depends on what the photographer wants to shoot, and I am not doubting that. Urban birds maybe?

    I will offer my 2 cents though on why I do not practice long lenses for street. Shorter focal lengths force you to be in the thick of the situation, forces you to interact with the surroundings of your subject. The aim for me is to work in harmony with this, and try to capture them without "stalking" them. It makes it feel more personal too. With longer lenses, you will often get distracting elements like people walking pass your field of view just as you click the shutter (as there is too much a gap between you and the subject). Often which I lose the "decisive moment" because of that. To avoid that, I prefer to rely on shorter focal lengths,... with the most being the 50mm (most preferred is the 40mm) lenses that I have.
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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by red406 View Post
    whoa... not even a monopod..!!
    i'm afraid he would break his back if he lean further back??

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    maybe he wants the bokeh ?
    Shaddap and just shoot

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    Re: The Awkward Feeling

    telephoto for street scenes are the only option to compress perspective, but won't beat going up close to your subject using a wide(ish) lens for intimacy.
    Doing it with basic simple gear is best.

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