Sunrise and Sunsets are the best time of the day to shoot, the reason is that the light is soft and it help to create beutiful images with different colors.
Over the last year I have been shooting in the same place (the balcony of my apartment in Panama) in different hours and in different days.
The result combined with after editing in lightroom is a random set of pictures, everyone different form the other.
As you already know I am passionate about street photography and the fact that is “impossible” to shoot the same image, as everything is moving so fast and all the different variable (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, edition, camara, lense, post-edition) affects the result. This time I wanted to demonstrate this not in the streets but shooting the Panama landscape.
Here more images, all the images were taken either with my Nikon D7100, or with the Leica Q.
Tell me in the comments which one is your favorite, and what else would you like to see in this blog.
When you think that you live in a place where there are not to many opportunities to shoot, you need to explore new places.
I recently discover a great place to shot in Panama, its just 20min driving form the city; it’s the closest beach from the city. Is for sure not a “beauty” beach like the ones in the caribbean ocean, but I discovered that is a great place to shot in the sunset¡
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.
I have been living 9yrs in Panama, during this time I have visit some places, but without doubt my favorite place is Kuna Yala or also known as San Blas. For me this place is like heaven or like arriving to the paradise….
I want to share some photos of this place so you can get a flavor of it and put it in your bucket list…
Kuna Yala is composed by aprox 300 virgin islands dominated by the native people named “Kunas”….
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…
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.
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:
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.
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.
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….
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…
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.
El baile que realizan los llamados “Diablicos Sucios”, representa solamente una de las nueve danzas del Corpus Christi. El nombre proviene del hecho que antiguamente su indumentaria era confeccionada con tela manta sucia, que luego era pintada con rayas negras y rojas, calcadas con achiote y carbón, pero que después de un tiempo los colores se corrían al mezclarse con el sudor dando el aspecto de estar sucios.
La Máscara es una parte principal de un Diablico y es sí misma representa la figura de animales o diablos
Tuve la oportunidad de ver a varios de estos diablicos durante la celebración del carnaval en la Ciudad de Panama.
Aquí algunas fotos tomadas con mi cámara Nikon D7100 y mi lente de 50mm.