Brenda’s A Photo Study: Street Photography

This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Street Photography.

I have been posting street photographs here from time to time. To me, street photographing is quite challenging, exciting and fun.

After visiting alpine countries, I want to share some trip photos, but had a hard time to select some. Thanks to Brenda for the opportunity to show some street photographs from that trip.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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44 Responses to Brenda’s A Photo Study: Street Photography

  1. loisajay says:

    I must have a thing for people with folded arms because I love the first photo and the photo of the girl with the horse. Helen–you snapped the photos at the perfect time. Are those people all taking selfies in the last photo? Black & white is wonderful for these photos, too.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Lois.
      The last photo… a lot of Asian people like to pose in front of camera. Someone was taking their photo on the other side (so the photo would show their face). I kind of like seeing their back. Ha.
      I am not sure if this was one of the groups, but I met a couple of tour groups from Taiwan. They even carried a national flag of Republic of China. I borrowed it to take a photo 😉
      Good night.

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  2. prior.. says:

    Really loved zooming in and around each photo – so many extras to find and was enjoyable. I have not taken any street shots in a while and I almost did while near DC this past week – but I am just people watching with my eyes these days. Your post has inspired me to start getting ready to grab some street shots soon…. ahhh-

    And I wonder what the girls and that guy were laughing about? And the signs in that image add contrast and interest.
    And read your reply to Lois and cool info on last shot-

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Yvette. When we were in Salzburg, we saw a lot of teacher/students groups walking on streets. I think it must be a good time for a field trip. Most of students, if not all, were very happy. I remember how much I liked field trip day when I was in their age. Ha.
      I do watch with my eyes a lot of time. If I could give photos back to those people, I probably would enjoy taking street photos a lot more. Since I couldn’t in most cases, I do watch people with my eyes often, too. I brought a different lens for the trip this time (24-120 instead of 28-300 mm) so I had to give street photographing a try 😉
      I am glad you were inspired (still are? 😉 I am looking forward to see your photos.
      Have a great day.

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      • prior.. says:

        Well nice new lens Helen! Enjoy! And keep sharing cos it enriches is all to get tastes of culture 🙂
        And I was looking through my June pics (for deb’s circles challenge and did see some people shots – so maybe I was clicking without realizing – but your post still inspires me to maybe get some more intentional ones

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      • prior.. says:

        And I recall when u used to give folks a photo – it shows your heart! Huge people heart and maybe someday they will have little color printers you can bring around – I actually think it will happen – homeless people have card readers (or so I heard) and even the farmers market and vending machines have card slides – so small printers are likely a few years away

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  3. GP Cox says:

    When I was young and visited Manhattan, I loved ‘people-watching’, these photos bring me back.

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  4. carol1945 says:

    Helen, I just love your street photos. In the first four, I wonder what the subject could be thinking about. The look on each of their faces has my curiosity aroused. In the last two photos, you have captured the utter happiness in one moment of living.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Carol. The first one — there was a parade going on on that day. (Not sure if I heard it right — it had something to do with the communist party. It wasn’t serious, but several policemen were present.) I am not sure what the girl was thinking either 😉 The 2nd photo — those kids had a field trip day. One boy was photographing the buildings. I think they were just having fun. The third one — she was waiting for someone to ride the carriage. I am not sure how fun it is to ride in the city. But we did ride a carriage later and the lady in the 4th photo was our coachman. She was talking to our tour guide.
      I have more photos. It’s hard to post all of them. 😉 It was a great trip for sure.
      Have a great day.

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      • carol1945 says:

        Thank you for the details about the photos. Expressions on people’s faces fascinate me, and yours here captured some great ones. I am so terrified of taking someone’s photo and then having them get mad at me. But I see so many people I want to take photos of!! I agree with you and other posts here: when traveling, it is much easier and people do not know what you are taking a photo of. It could be Yosemite falls. It could be them. They don’t know.

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  5. Anabel Marsh says:

    I especially love the one with all the laughing girls. They look so happy.

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  6. brenda says:

    I have found that my street photography anxiety is almost 0 when I travel as opposed to 7-9 when I photograph downtown. You seem to connect with people as they interact with others and to press the shutter at the exact moment when feelings are being expressed. I also love the composition and post-editing of your images, especially the tone. What software did you use? What were your camera settings?

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Brenda. I agree that street photographing is easier when we travel. I think it’s probably because we are among other tourists and almost everyone has a camera in hand. 😉
      I found out that children in Europe are more relaxed when they see someone taking their photos. One girl posed for us; one boy asked us to take his photo; one bus driver asked me to take his photo… very interesting. It makes me feel it’s safer there.
      Embarrassingly, I use Photoshop Element a lot 😉 I started using Lightroom early this year even though we had it for several years. like LR a lot. But since I am familiar with Photoshop Element, I have a habit to go there first.
      For these photos, I also used Nik collection. Again, I’d installed it for a couple of years and just started using it ;-( It used to be free by Google, now it belongs to DxO and it costs money to install. A lot of people love this collection. I like it , too, after I learned how to use them 😉
      Hope your eyes are better now. Have a great day.

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  7. Amy says:

    Always enjoy your street shots, Helen. This set is very special, each tell its story. Hope to see more. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Amy. I love photo that tell stories, but when I took the photo, to be honest, I didn’t see any story at all 😉 I am glad it turned out okay.
      Good night.

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  8. Lady Oscar says:

    Love the way you caught people’s expressions — each one has a story!

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  9. Mother Hen says:

    Wonderful photos Helen.. I just had to wonder what the young woman looking at the horse was thinking?

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    • Mother Hen says:

      I agree with you that it is easier to take photos when others are doing the same… It’s not so obvious.. lol!

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      • Helen C says:

        Good morning, Roberta. It seemed like she was talking to her horse with her eyes. She definitely loves her horse. If we had some free time, I would take a ride just to talk to her.
        I wish there is a standard for taking street photos. I mean, in U.S., it is legal to take street photos in public place, but in German it is not (new law) ;-( From now on, I will ask before shooting 😉
        Have a great day.

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        • Mother Hen says:

          Oh my about photography in Germany.. That would be hard.. I didn’t know. I am glad that the young lady loves her horse.. One time I went to an event in Los Angeles, called the Blessing of the Animals. It happens during Easter. They had many dancers performing and there were many photographers there. It was neat because it was like the dancer’s just assumed that their pictures were going to be taken. It was fun!

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        • Editor says:

          Helen, when you take street photos in the U.S., do you have to get some kind of release from the subject if you want to use the photo (e.g., in a book or something)? You’re very talented, I’d say.

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          • Helen C says:

            Hello, (Are you Jessica?)
            If I understand it correctly, you do need a release form if you want to use the photo in any commercial way (making money out of it). But I had met someone who was selling his street photos without any release form from the subject. For me, it’s better play safe. 😉
            Have a great day.

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  10. It sure is challenging .. Great shots, love the one of the woman on the bench 😊

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  11. Great photos, Helen. At the moment I am into street photography and know how hard it is to take just that picture at the right moment. For me watching and studying people is half the fun. Often I enjoy myself so much doing so that I forget to take the picture!
    You surely captured some nice scenes and I hope to see some more of them.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Marga. A lot of time, that special moment – the moment I want to catch – comes and goes before I can reach my camera. When that happens, I, too, would just watch and study. Quite often, while watching, I end up missing another special moment ;-(
      Good night.

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  12. Editor says:

    I liked your photos! Didn’t realize I could “zoom in” until I clicked the little hand. At first, I was wishing you had captions, then I found myself enjoying the scenario of my imagination. Thank you very much.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you for your kind comment. You are right… having captions is a great idea, but it is also a challenge 😉 I’ll work on it. Thanks.
      Have a great day.

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  13. Rupali says:

    Oh dear Helen, I love your shots. I feel so uncomfortable when I have to capture close distance shots including humans. I feel guilty.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Rupali. I feel the same way. ;-( On the other hand, it makes me smile, when strangers come to me asking me to take a photo of them. At Frankfurt, walking by a bus which happened stopping at a bus stop, I saw the bus driver wave to me. He wanted me to take his photo, it turned out. That made my day, of course. 😉
      Have a great day.

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  14. Sarah says:

    Fabulous shots!

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  15. the lady and the horse photo is priceless. chuckle.

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