In last week’s post I did something different compared to my usual posts. Instead of close-ups of 4 to 6 flowers or insects with some comments, I had just one photo and a lengthy (at least for me) story. Since I broke my usual pattern I’ve decided to temporarily keep it broken and again post something different.
This won’t be a one photo, long story something different but a different something different. There are other photography genres I like in addition to macro photography. One of my favorites that I view on line fairly often is street photography; however, I rarely, rarely, rarely ever attempt street photography. I have all sorts of valid reason why I’ve rarely attempted it but they are all probably just rationalizations hiding the fact that I don’t know if I have an eye for it so I’m afraid to do it. Also a large factor is that I’m a fairly private person and if I saw some stranger taking pictures of me I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like it, and might even make my feelings known.
A couple of times I have tried street photography on a very limited bases; two or three shots when I was taking pictures of something else. Very few escaped the Windows Recycle Bin and eventual destruction, but this past May I made a more concentrated attempt at street photography. I was with my family experiencing the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Cherokee Street in south St. Louis. In addition to the 150+ photos I took of family and some friends we encountered, I took a couple of dozen or so shots representing my first serious attempt at street photography.
I’ll admit that I don’t know the definition of street photography and I haven’t looked it up because, as I’m just now really trying to do it, I don’t want the experts telling me what it is and getting me boxed in to some parameters that I’ll feel I have to follow. It may be that I like what I’m doing and it’s not really street photography – which would be just fine with me. One thing I have done in an effort to be like traditional street photography is present the photos in black and white. They were capture in color and then converted to greyscale in PaintShop Pro X6. From there I tweaked them to try to bring out the whites and blacks.
I’ve chosen not to title the photos or provide a description, except for the first two. I don’t want you to get boxed in either. Make of them what you will.
Below are a some lucha libre masks.
Repurposed pot holders?
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this different something different.
All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and, something else different for a change, a Nikkor 24-85mm lens.