Three weeks of street photography (part 1/3)

Three weeks of street photography (part 1/3)



hello welcome to July and welcome to his new project I mean this project is already done I already shut the rolls already do the project but I'm gonna present to you this project all throughout July I shut this project in June I wanted to make this project because I wanted to feel more comfortable in the streets taking pictures and I wanted to get better don't this channel I go on the streets and take some pictures it's it's not it's not what I would consider proper street photography proper street photography if I have to put it like on a label it's to go outside and just take pictures for a whole day or a set of days and roll up to roll and trying to grasp a little piece of reality in this city and what I'm doing in the channel and the episodes which I go out and try a camera it's exactly that I go out and try a camera it happens to happen on the street but but I wouldn't dare to call myself like a street photographer just because I go out and take pictures in the street so that was the that was one of the reasons why I wanted to do this I wanted to actually try and feel what what it feels like to go out and have like a street photography rampage of about a month I purchased 35 rolls of pmax 3,200 but I ended up deciding that I would shoot just 21 rolls just one roll there's a lot of rolls but these are the thirty-six exposure rolls and I showed 21 because even though the idea was to shoot 30 in reality during all of July I'm gonna be in Chile and I'm gonna be there touring with my band with Dennis Clausius so I'm not gonna have the time to develop and scan the rolls and post them in July so what I did was shooting the the rolls during the first three weeks of June and then the last week of June was scanning developing and then just organizing everything so I can upload this videos during July that's the goal for this project I use exclusively this thing this is the Leica m3 with 28 summicron the issue is that I need an external view finder because that's how it works I focus with the range finder here then I composed with the viewfinder up here and then I can take a picture so that's the way it works now the issue is that method is really slow and there are many things that I haven't tried with this camera and I haven't tried with this setup because I haven't had the time to practice so one of the main goals of making this project was to actually go out and practice my idea was to learn how to scale focus properly one thing is to know how to do it and do it like okay and another thing is make this a second nature and I wanted to I wanted to have like a second nature well scale focusing so that's what I was using this lens there are some times in which I needed to shoot at F 2 or F 2.8 and the distance you can't really guess the distances at F 2.8 or F 2 because the depth of field is too shallow so I had to focus and if I'm gonna focus like that I can't focus and then move up here because this movement it's a little bit of time and I don't have time to spend like if I see something interesting there's gonna be a moment in which I'm focusing and then if you move that that subject moves a little bit further or back from me it's gonna be out of focus so I need to keep that subject in focus all the time and shoot and for that I need to be able to visualize how this viewfinder looks when I look through here so I look through this viewfinder through the rangefinder and then I have to imagine I open my eyes and I see okay more or less this is my field of view and then I take a picture and I just hope for the best that was that was my idea there's an element of time involved like shooting 21 rolls is it's not easy you gotta be out there and you're gonna shoot every single day for 21 days and shoot 36 frames is not easy like when I was shooting 12 frames from my other project sure I was I don't know I was doing it while it was lunch time so I was working as a copywriting in agency in London and then I said it ok it's lunch time I'm gonna go out and shoot a roll I have one hour and a half so I could shoot a roll in one hour and a half because it's just 20 at 12 pictures but 36 actually usually gets like 38 pictures in a roll so 38 pictures enrollment that's a lot of work it's three times the amount of work so it's three times the amount of time you need to be out so everyday it was at least three to four hours let's that's like the bare minimum if everything went well it was four hours and it's four hours of walking it's not like I'm just gonna stand in one place and wait for things to happen there was some like corners in which more things used to happen but even though like just staying in a corner and waiting was not the vibe like I rather move around and try to scout what's happening and get the vibe of the whole place so it's a tiresome project there's so many images like 36 per row and it's gonna be like seven rolls per week I'm not gonna show you like a video AJ what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select the best 30 images from every week week 1 the the best 30 images week 2 the best 30 images and on week 3 I just I I added a bonus and it's gonna be like 40 images I'm not 30 because by the time by the end of the project I was really sharp on my skills and I was like getting more shots and getting more interesting shots I think I hope you think the same but that's how I feel there's gonna be more pictures at the end so that's gonna be the progression 30 30 40 so yeah I hope you enjoyed this idea it took a long time it's a complex process and yeah I hope you enjoyed this this is the first week of the project let's go so the beginning I was taking the shots from a little too far away I was I was also really nervous because it's nerve-racking to take pictures of strangers and I do it often that's something I do but I haven't feel comfortable doing it in New York that was another one of the reasons why I started to make this project because in here the attitude of the people is really different from the UK or from Chile or from Mexico every city is different but in New York everybody's like oh my god this is the mecca of street photography is so cool like there are so many people yeah there's a lot of characters but at the same time people are like old people from here I kind of rough and and people are tend to be like either super friendly or super confrontational and those two worlds coexist all the time in here so you never know who you're gonna find in the street and or which attitude that person is gonna have so what was happening was I was unsure how close I could get the first week I was playing it very safe four seconds and pictures I took some pictures of Coney Island and took some pictures mostly in Times Square because that's where it's a lot a lot of tourists are in Times Square so it's a really safe space for me as an outsider not a New Yorker to take pictures of other strangers in the city so world strangers we're all kind of they feel like they're visiting and to have a picture taken in Times Square by somebody it sounds like okay it's not that menacing is everybody has cameras over there so it's like an OK environment the thing is the first week the project is just starting so the feeling was I'm motivated at the beginning and super motivated to make this happen but at the same time by day three I'm no longer motivated because the reality kicks in and the reality is by the third or fourth day you're out there it's no longer fun walk around the city for five hours straight just walking non-stop it basically eats up my whole time it ain't my whole week and I was doing nothing but go out and take pictures I have plans of reading books and doing stuff all of that was gone I was just outside taking pictures so by the day four or fifth did the fun was gone it was no longer fun it was no longer like oh it's gonna be great this is a great project that's one thing that is really important to keep in mind when you when you make projects like this at least when I make projects like this the whole thing is to endure so I was enduring the experience as much as I could because I was no longer having fun while doing it and I feel like I kept feeling like I'm wasting my time doing this why am I doing this so self-doubt kicks in by the day 6:00 or something so by the end of the week I was like not in a very good place I was wondering if I should stop doing this at the same time I had told my patreon that I was doing it and since there was more people who knew it was coming I felt like I was accountable for my own actions so I had to finish it I was able to pull I'll say six good images I have a roll there are thirty were like you know kind of blurry kind of not working not well composed or I didn't know how to operate the camera without looking through the viewfinder so for example something was happening I still needed to put it on my eye and take a picture I had I had still not controlled the act of using the camera outside of my body that that was for next week so that was my experience the first week it was it was stressful in a way it was tiring it was not really fun but it was a challenge one last thing that I haven't said which was important is that I traveled to Seville for a workshop so I shot three roles and I have three and a half roles in Seville Spain and I had no idea but making street photography over there is illegal I mean you can take pictures of people but the idea is that you cannot recognize their face if you recognize the face of somebody and then you profit out of that image that's illegal in Spain so I can't for legal reasons I rather not show you all those images because if at some point I want to print one of these pictures I'm I don't wanna I don't want you to say like oh that image was so good why is like why don't you print it why don't you sell it well because I it's illegal I'm I don't have a model release for that so that's requirement in Spain I'm not gonna do it so that cut my my whole experience of selecting this first week because three and a half rolls were down the drain so the 30 images that you see are the best images from the remaining three and a half rolls I picked three images from Seville if I'm not mistaken in which you cannot see the people and when you can't see one person it's a funny person it's a funny image and like it's it's an okay situation it's not gonna be like an image for like worpress photo or anything it's just a funny moment so I think it works the travelling bait put a lot of stress in the project too on top of everything that I already said but the first week I would say was the most intense in terms of you know working a lot and just getting into the whole vibe of taking a roll a day and try to make it happen and then finding out I can use the pictures from Seville and then just I don't know just keep going that whole thing was was nested in this first week so those are the images I hope you enjoy the images that's it for this week I hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you next week with the next seven rolls until then just keep shooting

50 thoughts on “Three weeks of street photography (part 1/3)

  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    doing something similar as i work in the city so far i've shoot 20 rolls over the course of 3 months usually bringing 3 rolls and just shooting everything that interest me

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I have been considering buying some P3200. Did you rate it at 3200 iso for your day shooting or closer to the box speed of 800?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Hurry up time! I want to see the next episodes. Hey Eduardo, thanks for letting us in on your process.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I know the feeling. I had a project for class to shoot about 30 rolls in about the same amount of time. I couldn't afford 30 rolls, so did 15 double exposure rolls. Had to walk roughly 7 or 8 hours a day, and man, it was tiring as hell, but the experience had me fall in love with NYC again.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Some really great shots in here! I may have missed why you chose 3200. did you rate at 1000?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    amazing work and awesome project! I can't wait for the next 2 follow up videos. definitely got me inspired to go shoot more.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    These photos with the music is so calming. I’ve never used TMAX 3200 but now I really want to shoot it. This video was very motivating! Thanks!!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I really enjoyed your commentary and your thinking behind this project. Thank you for sharing, and looking forward to seeing the rest of your work.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Nice shots Eduardo. I started using my Leica by zone focusing & shooting without the VF for street & I tell ya, it is sooooo relaxing for me. I also use a 28mm & it's wide enough so you are more focused on what's happening than framing & that's just fine.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Self-doubt is what kills every artists creativity and motivation. I think everyone experienced it once or twice. Boost your positivity by the positive feedback you get from friends and fans and you no longer need to asks questions again like "Why am I doing this?". Keep on keeping on!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    i am amazed by your work, thank you so much for doing this 🙂

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    7:09 is top! But overall your photos are pretty nice! I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the project!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I have a Leica M3 as well, but i find it hard to use it for street photography because there's no photometer. So the photographing process is slower than using a more modern film camera. How do you work it around?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Tu trabajo es bueno, enhorabuena! Gracias por compartirlo. Cierto que el tema del copyright en España es la leche, yo tengo cientos de fotos archivadas por ese motivo. Ahora vivo en UK y la cosa cambia, estoy hasta más motivada! El mundo de la fotografía callejera no es fácil, es cuestión de salir a la calle e intentarlo una y otra vez, muchas veces. Yo siempre llevo mi cámara conmigo y cuando me apetece o veo algo interesante la saco del bolso rauda y veloz, no hay que obligarse a hacerlo, me dejo llevar por el día a día, porque en realidad tienes que estar de humor y te tiene que apetecer disparar, esta disciplina fotografía es dura y muchas veces poco o nada agradecida, pero cuando haces una buena foto, que cuenta algo… es pura poesía, por eso me gusta tanto. Sigue así, tienes un gran ojo para esto, no lo dudes. xx

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Your perseverance paid off! They are all great images! even tho this is my first time leaving a comment, I have been a fan of yours ever since the beginning of your channel. Every time when I feel like I can't go out take any more photos, I come to your channel rewatching all of your videos and they always inspire me to go out again. A lot of the times when anxiety hits, street photography is a very scary thing to do. I really admire your courage, skills and the heart to look for improvements from time to time 👍🏻 please keep doing what you love! wish one day I have the chance to appreciate your literary work as well! All the best to you and Fran (totally a fan of both of your channels 😁)

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Me gusto más que en este proyecto narraras la experiencia mientras presentabas las fotos, a comparación de 30 ROLLS IN 30 DAYS que solo había música de Yago de fondo.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Hey man, Keep it up! Very inspired channel and would love to see more and more from you!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Super excited to see you're in New York! If you're interested in shooting around in china town LMK id be happy to take you around through food hoppingg and street shooting.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Just finished the video, and I’m really digging your New York work. Another chapter you’ve opened up and I’m hooked on seeing more of it!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Intense project. I admire your perserverance. I'm curious what made you choose TMax P3200?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I totally agree what you say I was live in Melbourne and I’m live in Vancouver now and this two city have deferent vibe I’d like going out side and take picture back in Mel but Vancouver is not. people are so rough even when I ask to take picture with smile face so I’m not being happy photography life in Van but I try try every single day But also you have same problem so I’ll see how to you are brake people’s frozen heart. Let’s have funny photography life!!!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Another great project Ed! Eager to watch it develop. Thanks as always for the inspiring videos

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    It’s not a bad thing to be “too far away” if your composition is still successful at telling a story. You are great at that.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Wonderful work, Ed. Thank you for your perseverance and your honest words about the process. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Hey Man, cool honest project. I can relate. Great photos there.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I love your videos and your photos are amazing but i'm wondering why did you use the leica m3 if it's not the best option for your type of photography

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    One thing I've heard from a friend who shoots almost exclusively 21mm on his m3/m2 is that 21mm is pretty close to everything your eye can see. He zone focuses most of the time, but when he frames he just kind of holds the camera close to his eye to get an idea of what will be captured and goes for it.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Incredible video and awesome shots man. I love listening to you talk about the images as they roll. Thanks for shooting, youre killing it.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I love the pictures and the proyect! I've been thinking doing a similar proyect during my university break in august, I got a medium format camera (agfa isollette) and I haven't got much time to get used to it yet.
    By the way, using P3200 was a bold move in my opinion, how did you manage to expose the pictures during daylight? Cheers!!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I'm feeling the apprehension of taking photos of strangers now. I just started a job near Wall Street New York. I'm taking my small point and shoot camera everyday to take some photos during my lunch break. 😂 Your giving me motivation!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Good on you for getting out there, Ed. I really appreciate that you are so honest about your experience. I think that street photography is actually really hard, and using a wide angle lens makes things even more difficult. 10/10 for effort

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Eduardo less than a minute into the video : "I'm not a street photographer."
    Me : thumbs down

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Great job!!!! As an artist and person you are inspiring and amazing as always!! Keep listening to the positives and reject that negative self talk! Can’t wait to see the next two vids!!!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I’m not a street photography fan at all, but I need to find a similar project to get me shooting more, maybe a roll a day nature photography😂

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    lovely!!! I am currently in eastern europe shooting m9 mainly with 21mm Biogon without external viewfinder. After a few shots, I am able to anticipate the extra field of view of the 21mm. Since its a wide angle at f8-11, have more than adequate depth of view. All in all, have not needed the viewfinder and agree with your assessment that for most shooting styles, understanding field of view for framing and depth of field for sharpness ( at least one of them in every situation) greatly helps.

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