Candid portraits

25 March, 2014

The portraits on the street can be done from afar with a telephoto lens. Or close with a wide angle. With Fuji X100s have no choice: you have to make them up close, very close.

The technique is easy, it is closer to a stranger on the street and take a picture. Put it into practice is much more difficult.

The first obstacle is ourselves, our timidity, our fears, nerves. The results of the first attempts are often disappointing: blur, blurred, tilted dangerously, cut bodies. And you wonder who sent me to my get into this mess?

Gran Víagran via madrid x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/2.5   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 400   Velocidad: 1/250s  

As are you catching practice, learning or inventing ways to approach, losing their fear, improving technique and knowing the use of the camera, the results are improving.

One option is to photograph people with whom we met while walking. You need to select the models quickly calculate the crossover point, avoid the rest of pedestrians and choosing the right time to push the button.

Gafas rojasgafas rojas x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/2   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 320   Velocidad: 1/250s  

Another option is to stop in front of our model, either because he too is arrested or to do it to reach our altitude.

Fashionfashion phone x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/3.6   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 800   Velocidad: 1/125s  

This couple was so engrossed looking at the map they did not notice my presence and that I was very close.

Buscando en el mapabuscar en mapa x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/2   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 2500   Velocidad: 1/125s  

Smartphones can help us a lot, people are so focused watching that do not look at us. In the next photo, I went and stood in front of this guy who checked his messages. When I looked, I fired.

Frente a la óperaopera x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street photography

Apertura: ƒ/2   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 1250   Velocidad: 1/250s  

Approaching one side is less striking. Here also waited for me to see the picture.

Chica con auricularesrubio negro x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/4.5   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 400   Velocidad: 1/250s  

With a discreet camera like the X100s, and acting quickly and without attracting attention, often pass unnoticed. It also influences our attitude, movements, what is known as non-verbal communication is briefly established between pedestrians crossing.

Concentradomechon rubio x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/4   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 400   Velocidad: 1/200s  

Photographing people in pairs or groups are more likely to not see the camera. In these cases we must consider that the next person to us will be very profile, unless we look at the last moment.

Pajarita rojapajarita roja x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street

Apertura: ƒ/13   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 400   Velocidad: 1/250s  

Some also do not want to be in the picture.

No fotono foto x100s fuji fotografia callejera candid portrait street photography

Apertura: ƒ/14   Cámara: X100S   Longitud focal: 23mm   ISO: 200   Velocidad: 1/125s  

After them the photo, they burst out laughing.

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