Safety in Numbers: Halifax Street Photography

It's no secret that I've always been more outgoing and bold with friends around.  I think that most of us are.  I'm rarely comfortable pointing my camera at strangers, even in a group but at least then I've got someone to back me up, right?

On a Street Mentorship photowalk with some of my friends at the Sackville Photo Club,  I got bold and pointed my camera at some people.  I mean really bold.  I actually waited in some instances until people looked at me before I snapped the photo.  

So, what does this mean going forward?  If nothing else, I need to be more bold while I'm on my own.  There were only one or two negative confrontations, and they weren't anything serious.  I asked to take someone's photo and they said no.  I moved on.  Hey, wait a second, this wasn't a big deal at all! 

The thing is that more people didn't care whether I took their picture or not compared to those who did. A vast majority either ignored me or smiled back at me when I took their picture.  Maybe, just maybe this kind of photography might be possible while I'm on my own!

All of the photos were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.8 II lens and processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.  

Click on the images below to bring up a slideshow:

This man didn't even see me, and provided me with this fantastic expression as he packed his things and moved toward the bus.

I tried to get the shot of this man sleeping on the barrier, but he sat up just in time to see me press the shutter.  I'm very happy with this shot.

I wrote in my last blog post about challenges with lighting while doing noon-time street photos.  This photo walk took place later in the day and it was beautiful lighting.

 Sometimes, I would get very intense looks when I was caught snapping.

Other times, when the subject realized they were being photographed they simply laughed and took it as flattery.  I was really surprised by this girls reaction when I crouched down in front to snap her photo!

I didn't just photograph people; the evening light provided some wonderful shadows to shoot.  I had to block the sun somewhat with my hand to keep away a nasty lens-flare. 

All in all, it was a great time to be out taking pictures and the results speak for themselves. I feel like I got a few really good shots, a few good shots and a lot of "eh" kind of frames.  I hope you enjoyed the best of them!