São Paulo, Brasil

Just an image that I took in São Paulo with my Leica Q. Always try to see good opportilunkties to shoot in this case, lock for good light in the night combined with a reflection… shopping windows are always interesting.

Bycicles in Mexico City

Here some shoots using the Ricoh GR III fantastic small camera, all the photos were taken in Mexico City in good light conditions and after edited in LightRoom + Snapseed.

In StreetPhotography is important to respect the light and the shadows!

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Street Photography inside and Airport

Airports are great places to shoot, the reason is that you will always find people in movement and if you are lucky you can find great places inside the airport in which the light and shadows live.

Here some images recently rock in Panama airport, Panama is refurbishing it’s airport to be the host of America’s, and this is the new section…

Which one is your favorite?

Pigeons _ Street Photography

There is one animal that is very difficult to shoot but is a great complement for tryout street photography portafolio… it’s a bird and it’s name is the Pigeon.

One thing that I like form pigeons is that are like dogs, are common subjects that you can find in every country where you shoot.

Try to shot pigeons… a the beginning will be difficult as they are always moving and they do not like you to be close to them.

One technique is to shoot in burst mode, take many photos and select the best!

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StreetPhotography in Chicago

Chicago is a great place to do streetphotography. It’s a city that is full of life, full of great places and great opportunities to shoot.

I like a lot the city as many of the cool spots are walking distance, or you can take the subway which is also a great place to shot.

Compared with New York, I liked that Chicago is not so crowded, and this is also great for photography as you find and shoot interesting people in the street.

Let me know in the comments section, which are your favorite city’s to do street photography.

Toro Bravo

Chicago StreetPhotography

Here some images that I recently shoot in Chicago, all of them were shot thought a window! Try it if you want to lose the fear to shot strangers!

Whether results that you will get are great, I like it because you can really capture candid moments in the streets.

Have a great day!

ToroBravo

Photography Contest – Panama

Today, I submitted some photos to participate in a Photography Contest in Panama, the subject of the contest is: “Culture and Traditions” I decided to submit some photos that I took in Panama, and I did it as a way to thank this beautiful country for being our home in the last 9 years o. I’m not from Panama, actually I’m from Mexico; but I have lived here the last 9 years due to my work.

Here the photos that I submitted, please tell me in the comments what do you think, if you want to see more photos just go to my Instagram account.

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Leica Q – New Camera

Five months ago I decided to upgrade my gear, I was tempted to choose a Nikon DSLR Full frame, as my previous was not full frame (Nikon D7100) but I decided that this was not the right choice as my primary shooting style is street photography and a DSLR is a very big for my purpose.

The other alternative was to buy a Mirrorless system, I like some of these cameras; especially because of its size, however the one that I have (Olympus OMD Mark II) is very good for street photography but its image quality is not as good as the photos that I can take with my Nikon D7100 camera. I decided that was not a good choice as I wanted to start printing my photos…

So what? I research and I found a camera that have both worlds, small enough for street photography with super image quality. My choice was the Leica Q…. You will ask why not to wait for the Leica Q2 as it was just announced… The price difference was 2X, while the Leica Q2 is at aprox, $5500usd, a used Leica Q in very good conditions was at $2,300usd. So to save that money I decided that the Leica Q was the perfect choice for me…

And guess what? The Leica Q has overpassed all my expectations.

Here some images that I have took with the Leica Q.

If you have any specific question just send me message in the comments or through my Instagram and I will let you know my experience…

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Why Photography?

About 4 years ago I discovered a way to express myself, a way to create a way to show others the way I see the streets. Here some ideas of Why I do photography, please write in the comments Why you do photography.

Diversity / Interact with new people.

I like to create portraits of random people that I consider unique, everytime that I walk in a new street I’m curious of the people, I think that 98% of the people is very common (non-unique), but the other 2% is people with something special that make them shine among the others, this is especially seen in old people. Here some examples:

Create – Photography as a way to do art

I like photography as it allows you to imagine, dream and create. FOr me create is a way to do something extraordinary out of the ordinary, here some examples:

Discover Beauty in the world.

Is a great way to pay attention to our environment, is the perfect way to see beauty out of mundane moments. FOr me photography has helped me to see beauty where before I didn’t see anything…

Travel More

When you are into photography, you will be always thinking where is the next great spot to shot, and you will dream to be in places that you have never imagine (how about Tokio, London, Chicago, NY, Vietnam, etc), but also I have discovered that to make great shots you don’t need to travel so far, I’m currently living in Panama CIty, a place that before making photos I considered “small” with few options to shot, but this has forced me to see it in a different way and I discover to many places to shot…

Comment why do you like about photography, what is your purpose or inspiration to go out and shot

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Photowalk in Panama City, Street Photography

Kuna Women, Panama by torobravophotography T

Photowalks is the perfect exercise to go and shoot street photography; being with a group of people that is shooting randomly will make you feel more comfortable when approaching strangers, and you will be able to get closer to the subjects.

“Yes, people still read the newspaper” torobravophotography 

The other interesting thing is that you will meet new photographers and you will learn from them, try to interact with them, pay attention to what they do, what setting they use in their cameras, what they do to approach random people in the street, you will learn tons of new things.

Here some photos of a Photo walk in Panama City. Fist in black and white and then Color, tell me which ones you like more:

And now some pictures in color:

Taxi Driver by torobravophotography 
“layers” torobravophotography 

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Street Photography – Tips to capture the decisive moment.

  • TRAVEL LIGHT AND WITH MINIMAL WEIGHT. For street photography having a small camera makes all the difference, you will feel more comfortable to shoot closer to the subject, you will have more energy and more happiness.
  • NO ZOOM LENSES (USE PRIME LENSES). First the quality of your images will be better, second these lenses are smaller which contributes to my first point, and third by having no zoom options you will get use to the same size of the image, and will force you to walk a little more and get closer to your subject.
  • BE PATIENT AFTER FINDING A GOOD SPOT. This is known as the fishing technique, first you find a good spot; for example a good background with leading lines, and after that you wait until something happens, for example a person walking. Here an example I saw this place in Panama old town, I liked it and I also liked the dog, but I was patent and I shoot when the kid appeared.
  • RISE YOUR ISO. When you start shooting you will heard that ISO is not good as you will lose image quality, but that is not true, especially with the cameras of this times. My recommendation is to rise ISO up to the point in which you don’t lose image quality, that will open space to increase the shooter speed which in street photography is a must as most of the time you will shoot moving targets, so with a high speed you can capture the subjects better. A good example is the below image that I took in Panama.
“The Champion” torobravophotography 
  • SHOOT IN BURST MODE. Specially when you have moving targets, like dogs I recommend to shoot some images in the same place and then choose the best one. For example below dog, it was playing in the beach, I took like 20 photos and I just liked one, which is the one below.
Wolf or dog? torobravophotography 

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Why I shoot Street Photography?

Street Photography is more than creating images, is about slow down and appreciate the things around us. I work in a multinational company where slow down is simple impossible; my day start with something urgent and end with something more urgent. What I like the most when I shoot in the streets is that I don’t have pressure, I take my time to interact with people, I disconnect from social media and last but not least I use mi imagination to create photos that would never be possible, sometimes is about seeing the right place and wait until something interesting happen. Here an example a kid playing Cricket in Panama? I only saw this one time in 8 years living in this country….

Kid playing Cricket in Panama torobravophotography 

Shooting street photography is challenging, you have to be aware of the environment and form the people . In some locations you have to take more risk than in others, but what I have learn is that you need to tackle your fears, go and shoot, the worst thing that have happened to me is angry people that asked me to erase the photo. I learned that to take better photos you need to be closer to the subject and that exact moment is when you put yourself at risk.

The hardest part of shooting in the streets is to be brave, its that exact moment in which you know that you need to shoot but you feel that you are crossing a barrier that put you at risk. For example the next photo is form a native person in Panama (a Kuna). It is not easy to be in front and shot, its not easy to do that with a prime lent (no zoom) in this case a 17mm lent form my Olympus camera. But guess what? She don’t even saw me…

Kuna Women, Panama by torobravophotography 

One thing that I always have in my mind, is that a shoot that is missed is a shot that will never return, this happens in street photography as your task is to find the right moment or as Henri Cartier Bresson explains is to find “the decisive moment”.

Hope you have enjoyed this, leave your comments with your own thoughts.

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