The Accidental Street Photographer

street photography, seattle, pike place market, starbucks, street musicians, busker

I was enamored with the list of HOT active street photographers I found at the Street Hunters website. You must stop by and see their list of 10. Most are outstanding. Especially see the work of Boogie. Awesome and dangerous stuff.

So…. I decided to get my own street photography on and set out on the streets of Seattle to practice and gather tons of stuff to edit and learn from.

The image above was capture at the original Starbucks on Western Avenue at the Pike Place Market. It is always nice to have street buskers available to point a camera at and capture pure bliss.

I really wanted the busker to stand out so I isolated him in vivid color while maintaining a classic monochrome background. Seems to highlight the prominence of the musician and demote the reflection of idle bystanders in the window. What do you think?

In the future I will be sharing more of my own street photography. One thing is for sure… I am already addicted to this art form. On several occasions I stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to converse with the public. I had a good time.

From about 11am to 2pm I walked mile through the Seattle City streets, alleys, and markets just hiding in plain site and pointing and shooting.

My settings were as follows:

  • Camera on manual
  • Auto focus ON
  • ISO set at 100 minimum and 3200 maximum
  • Aperture at f11
  • Camera speed at 200 and 250

I selected these setting so the I could capture some good detail in the photo and eliminated my need for flash. It worked out well. Even my photos at 3200 ISO are in pretty good condition. Some grain but nothing I can not work with in final editing. 😉

I will sharing my street photography and conversing more about the techniques of street photography and about the artists that traverse the streets in search of unique people and stories of the street through the lens.

Enjoy and peace!!



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