Street Photography on the Streets of London

This time a few days ago I found myself with a couple of hours to spare before my train home from London. So I grabbed my camera out my bag and headed out to the blustery streets of the capital.

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I took loads of photos at this location along Oxford St. waiting for the right person to walk past.. thankfully this women and her stripy top didn’t take too long to arrive

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To get these silhouettes I stood in the shade and adjusted the aperture

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It’s not always safe to cross the road even when its a green light! These horses had just come from a presentation at Buckingham Palace

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Bus stops always provide an opportunity to use the reflection or get up close and personal

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Rush hour can be overwhelming if you’re trying to get anywhere in London but provides lots of photography opportunities. I captured these businessmen outside Covent Garden Tube waiting for friends.

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The wind did provide some comical moments including this groups’ teachers tripping over

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Tired tourists can be spotted everywhere- London is bigger than you think

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I sat down for a few minutes to rest my feet at Leicester Square. This father and son were tasked with finding the families next destination.

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Theres always time to catch up on the news-even if it is at Piccadilly Circus

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When I’m shooting street photography I try to mix up the angles including shooting at shoulder height to get close up portraits

 

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Morgan (left), Me and Emily

Photographing People of the South

Street photography provides an opportunity to see towns and cities from a new perspective. Even if its on your way to your local store its a great way to absorb whats going on around you. I shot these photographs this week in southern cities and towns.

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I’m really excited to be heading East this week to photograph more people residing on the South Coast. I will also be using my Instagram to post photos from my trip to Scotland @Madisonbeachphotos

Shooting from the Hip

Many well-known street photographers have embraced the technique of shooting from the hip. Where you quite literally photograph everything from hip height without looking through the view finder. I got my hands on a Sony A7RII so thought I’d use this as a challenge to test the cameras controls, functions and focus. I chose a 35mm f/2.8 lens as this is my personal preference when it comes to street photography.

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I’m happy with the varied results and had a lot of fun achieving them. This technique makes you think on your feet by having to consider composition and focal length on the move without looking through the viewfinder. If you want to get to grips with a new camera or want to make the switch from auto to manual this is a great way to do it. Modifying the aperture, ISO and shutter speed have an obvious impact on what you capture.

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Black and White Bikes of Europe

As a big fan of cycling I often find myself subconsciously photographing cycling culture as I travel. I love taking time out of travelling to rent a bike and see the country from the road, it allows you to go off the beaten track and in some cities it can be a great money saver. Here are a selection of my favourite cycling snapshots I took while travelling from Denmark to Switzerland (by train)..

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