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.

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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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography 

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

ToroBravoPhotography.

Instagram accounts: torobravophotography 

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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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 for photos in color.

Panama – Street Photography – Hair Cut

Panama Street Hair Cut by torobravophotography 

If you have gone to Panama, you have might seen that there are many street barber shops. Yesterday a friend told me that he wanted to have his hair cut in one of this places and have a unique street photography to remember Panama from its roots.

I accepted the challenge and we went to one street barber shop, it was a good experience as this was the first time that I went to shoot with a clear image in my mind of what would be the end results, very different than in any other photowalk.

What I learned yesterday?

  • Street photography must needs be candid, but sometime you can also plan and create unique images. You just need to envision the end result, choose a good location and jump into action.
  • You need to always be open to new ideas, and just make it happen. I really liked the end result of the photos.
  • Street Photography is about having courage, in this case we were in “dangerous” zone of the city, but instead of putting barriers and think why not, we were very optimistic and we just went and shoot.

Here some images taken yesterday with my Olympus EM10 Mark II with the 17mm F1.8 lenses.

Panama Street Hair Cut by torobravophotography 
Panama Street Hair Cut by torobravophotography 
Panama Street Hair Cut by torobravophotography 
Panama Street Hair Cut by torobravophotography 

ToroBravoPhotography.

Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

Dogs in Mexico City

I want to share some recent street photography shoots that I took while walking in Mexico City, in La Condesa.

You will see that I like dogs, and in some of my street photos the dogs are the main subject. It is not easy as dogs are always a moving target, so my advice is to shoot many shoots and wait until you get the right one!

Any other advice just let me know!

Thanks

Toro Bravo Photography

Photography Quotes – Street Photography

Panama Old Town by torobravophotography 
  • If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa. In street photography you need to be in the place where the action happens, that’s why its recommended to use prime lents (without zoom), to be closer to your subject.
  • “To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart” – Henri Cartier Bresson. All start with a passion, in street photography you will spend a lot of time trying to find decisive moments, you need to be motivated and put all your energy to capture candid moments.
  • “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it” – Ansel Adams. I don’t believe in camera gears, its important but its more important the person that use the camera, all his background, knowledge and passion will contribute to take amazing images.
Dog eyes by torobravophotography 
  • “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you” – Brigitte Bardot. It is almost impossible to capture the same image, there are many variables when shooting (the photograph, the camera, the light, the ISO, the shooter speed, the aperture, etc); you will take single images that can be remember forever¡
  • “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to read without a camera” – Dorothea Lange. I have learn to see, now when I walk I enjoy everything; the colors, the shapes, the lines, the people. When I go for a photowalk I try to disconnect form everything and put all my energy to see decisive moments.
  • “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport”. Steve McCurry. The most I shoot the most I wander about this world and their people. Especially I like to shoot portraits and sometime talk with the subject, you will not believe how much you can learn form them.
Dog eyes by torobravophotography 

ToroBravoPhotography.

Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

Graciela Iturbide – What I’ve learned from her?

Graciela Iturbide is considered the most relevant Mexican photographer. She started studying cinematography and there she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo who is considered the father of Mexican Photography and who had a great influence in Graciela’s work.

Graciela still works with her analog camera as she prefer to keep doing what she called her ritual. Here my learnings:

  1. All start with a passion. This is relevant for all aspects in life, to be a great photographer you need to feel it, you need enjoy, you need to have fun and be obsessed with your passion.
  2. Is not about technique is about composition. Choose the subject of your image and what you want to tell about. Once that is clear select a good background that helps to tell the story, avoid distracting elements.
  3. To be a great photographer you need to increase your culture. At the decisive moment all your pass knowledge and experience will play a vital role to decide what to shoot. Is very important to learn from others photographers, learn painting, poetry, architecture, classic music. Also if you are traveling to a new place is important to read about its history and traditions to decide what is relevante and imagine your photo before pressing the shooter.
  4. For street photography interact with the people of the place. You need to be part of the place in which you will do your work, she used to spend 2 to 3 weeks in the place to interact with people, this will make the people familiar with you and be more relax in the decisive moment.

Here some links that you can use to know her work.

  1. https://es.pinterest.com/jair10/graciela-iturbide/ — My selection of her best work.
  2. http://www.gracielaiturbide.org/en — Her personal web page that contains her most relevant work, including “death”, “Juchitan”, and “Those who live in the sand”.

ToroBravoPhotography.

Instagram accounts: jair_100 or torobravophotography for BNW only.