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airfrogusmc wrote:
Thanks!!! Sometimes it just all comes together.

Just like the "A Team" Allen!
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Jan 25, 2023 at 10:32 AM
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I think this happens more and more as our (mine anyway) shooting becomes more of that "learned instinct" or intuitive / anticipatory shooting. You know, the kind where you get the shot, without first confirming that everything is "just the way your want it" before releasing the shutter.

The "surprise" when you open 'em up at home, comes in somewhere between the surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks, and watching the image come to life in the tray. Folks tend to think that the "magic" of revelation got lost when we went from film to digital. But, with street ...
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There are a couple of thoughts on these creative processes. There was what was referred to at times as the west coast school. That was the way Adams, Weston and many of those photographers worked which IIRC the term was pre visualization. A term that Adams said didn't mean being open to what happened before you but being able to place tones and values at the way your minds eye saw the seen Which may or may not be the way it is in reality but how the creator sees it in his mind. To be able to control that process and teach that Adams articulate the zone system. IIRC Adams once said when asked that Weston didn't know the zone system Adams responded that he knew it it was in the photographs that he made. He just couldn't articulate it. These were/are mostly large format, zone system photographers

Then there is what was once referred to as the east coast school and that was associated with Winogrand, Meyerowitz, Mary Ellen Mark, DeCarava and other New York photographers. This is where you trust your instincts and shoot in the moment whatever you feel. Post visualization and finding it on the contact sheet after making the photographs. These were mostly 35mm photographers that worked on the streets and in the moment.

Sometimes i think in terms of photographers can sometimes be like musicians. The great west coast zone system photographers were like highly accomplished classical musicians. The great east coast street photographers were like highly accomplished jazz musicians. Taking all the skills and improvising in the moment. Both are ligit ways of working.

I think most photographers today are a combo of both. I know I am.

What I love about the street is the unpredictability of it. It is so frustrating and on the rare occasion, so satisfying. I can go out all day and not get anything. Turn right and there I am not seeing anything. Turn left and it is a target rich environment. Some of the really great street photographers have shot with the same lens and same camera for so long it has become part of them. They can shoot and see what they are shooting in their minds without actually looking through the viewfinder. Kinda like a sharp shooter that can shoot coins out or the air without aiming.

Getting back to some of what Kent was saying Bresson referred to it as a "developed instinct". That only comes from repetition and years of doing something.

Here are a couple of interviews of two current street photographers that I think are very interesting. They both talk about shooting a lot to maybe get and interesting image. I remember Winogrand when asked about how much he photographed (he is said to have shot at least 5 rolls a day, everyday) his response was that "art isn't a product of industrial efficiency."

One who shoots a lot without looking though the view finder. Both are great interviews.



This photographer shoots film. At the end look at how much film he shot and he says that he hopes he got one.








Jan 25, 2023 at 11:28 AM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
There are a couple of thoughts on these creative processes. There was what was referred to at times as the west coast school. That was the way Adams, Weston and many of those photographers worked which IIRC the term was pre visualization. A term that Adams said didn't mean being open to what happened before you but being able to place tones and values at the way your minds eye saw the seen Which may or may not be the way it is in reality but how the creator sees it in his mind. To be able to control that
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I hate to add a "downer" to this great discussion but I am finding that my age is influencing how I compose the image.
Settings, composition and such used to be semi-auto. Now it is constant questions of "is this right, that right...bla bla bla....."Things" just come so naturally as when I was younger.
No I do not get out as I should....Life seems to get in the way! That will lessen my confidence in the way I shoot images.
But if you are in the category of Allen's videos...you will have no problems!
Yes repitition is indeed the Mother of Learning!...Get out and shoot!
Dan




Jan 25, 2023 at 01:46 PM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
Thanks!!! Sometimes it just all comes together.


It's my favorite image of this thread so far. Intriguing. The fact that the girls looks at the photographer adds to the strength of this capture.



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Where is my Allen's best image ever!!!!?
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Jan 25, 2023 at 03:10 PM
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Toothwalker wrote:
It's my favorite image of this thread so far. Intriguing. The fact that the girls looks at the photographer adds to the strength of this capture.


Thanks!!!



Jan 25, 2023 at 03:42 PM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Where is my Allen's best image ever!!!!?
S/F!
RD


Ha ha it wasn't shot in 2022 Dan but thanks brother.



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RustyBug wrote:
I think this happens more and more as our (mine anyway) shooting becomes more of that "learned instinct" or intuitive / anticipatory shooting. You know, the kind where you get the shot, without first confirming that everything is "just the way your want it" before releasing the shutter.

The "surprise" when you open 'em up at home, comes in somewhere between the surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks, and watching the image come to life in the tray. Folks tend to think that the "magic" of revelation got lost when we went from film to digital. But, with street ...
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Well spoken. I recognize a lot, even though I seriously started with street photography just last August. I had a few short episodes before, but this time I am completely hooked. For the most part I was into landscapes and portraits, but photo opportunities were scarce. I realize now that street photography yields plenty of opportunities, almost regardless of where you are. And I find it so rewarding.

Intuition is coming fast, or maybe there was some from before, and I find that the following "rules" help me in the process:

- Anticipate, for instance to catch people where you want them in the frame and in relation to the background, trying to avoid distractions. This is not always possible of course. I may take the shot anyway and see how it works out later.

- Patience. I had to wait for an hour until the right kind of person walked by and looked in the right direction in my image #9. The person behind the fitness advertisement is a bit distracting (point 1), but it was this shot or nothing.

- Despite the previous point, don't hang around in the same place for too long.

- Don't follow/stalk your subjects. There is an unlimited supply of interesting people and the next one will come around the corner.

- Don't strive after technical perfection. The moment is gone before you know it.

- Enjoy surprises. I didn't see what was on the sheet of paper in my first image when I released the shutter. With #3 I thought that I captured a man with a cigar exchanging money. Close, but no cigar.


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Love these words by some of the greatest.

I've posted this a lot of times but thought it worth a repost.
A little video by one of the greats. Just click watch on vimeo blue rectangle. Gets to point near the end but really a good watch.

It's short and really worth a watch.

And some words by some of the greats.

"When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches." - Edward Weston

"There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that's impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants." - Arnold Newman

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams

"And in not learning the rules, I was free. I always say, you're either defined by the medium or you redefine the medium in terms of your needs." - Duane Michals

"There are no shortcuts, no rules." - Paul Strand

"Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried!" - Bill Brandt

"I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn't interest me... "-William Klein

"...... a photograph can look any way. Or, there's no way a photograph has to look (beyond being an illusion of a literal description). Or, there are no external or abstract or preconceived rules of design that can apply to still photographs. "-Garry Winogrand

and maybe my favorite " ......so called “composition” becomes a personal thing, to be developed along with technique, as a personal way of seeing." - Edward Weston




Jan 25, 2023 at 04:18 PM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
Love these words by some of the greatest.




We all have our working methods. Calling these "rules" was perhaps not my best idea today.




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Toothwalker wrote:


We all have our working methods. Calling these "rules" was perhaps not my best idea today.



Pre-strategized from experience, potential applications of strategic deployment, for consideration ... with total discretionary and optional utilization which may be combined, ignored or forgotten, as the situation and mood warrants, solely determined in real-world timing by the one conducting the mission.

Maybe "tactics" or "strategies" is befitting such field operations.

All might be fair in love and war ... but there are no stinkin' rules in photographic endeavors, either.



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eeneryma wrote:
eloquent explanation
Steve


Thanks for the uber-kind words Steve.
Although, I think many folks would just call it more of Kent's ... blah, blah, blah.

Just me, thinking out loud. Glad you appreciate the thoughts.



Jan 25, 2023 at 05:29 PM
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Go to places where it can most likely happen.

Be open to things that do happen.

Try to keep your mind open and free of pre conceived thoughts. I think it was Weston and Minor White both that referred to it as a "blank slate."

Be ready and prepared for when it does happen.












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RustyBug wrote:
Pre-strategized from experience, potential applications of strategic deployment, for consideration ... with total discretionary and optional utilization which may be combined, ignored or forgotten, as the situation and mood warrants, solely determined in real-world timing by the one conducting the mission.

Maybe "tactics" or "strategies" is befitting such field operations.

All might be fair in love and war ... but there are no stinkin' rules in photographic endeavors, either.


Yes. Tactics, strategies, preferences, working method, etc. are a better description of what I wanted to say than "rules".

That said, when we say there are no rules in photographic endeavors we mean rules laid out by others. Photographers can adopt whatever rules they like, for whatever reason. I don't photograph homeless people, not because some people say you shouldn't but because it does not feel right to me.



Jan 26, 2023 at 10:25 AM
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M_Wales posted this in the Leica thread. She talks about but uses slightly different terms for "blank state"

Good Piece





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Some great images above..

Mine





















































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