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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Photography – What I’ve learned from David Alan Harvey?

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”.

Photograph your own backyard. Many people think that they need to go some place far away to make interesting photos. Do something about it, go and look inspiration across the street where you live. In my case I born in big city (Mexico City), there it was easier to find good spots to shoot, and there after I moved to live in Panama, which is very small compared to the place where I live, but I have found that just crossing the street there are many opportunities to take interesting photos.

Be sophisticated, don’t be easily satisfied. Ask yourself how good you want to be and based on that, learn form the best photographers. It will be always better to learn form Magnum Photographers than to spend time seeing single images on Instagram. Now a day with digital cameras you can spend a lot of time in a single scene and shoot many photos, don’t get satisfied with the first, is better to take many and choose the best.

CHILE. 1987.

Find your voice. Ask yourself what is your life about?, where are you coming from? What is your aspiration?, what makes you unique? Who is the persons that you want to become? And form there you can start building your own photography style.

Capture soul and emotion. In street photography you are always taking pictures of random human beings, try to make eye contact to know more about the person that is in front of you, get closer to see his/her emotions.

Get inspiration form outside. To make better photos its not only about learn photography technique, its also about learning form other arts, other disciplines; for example learn about painting, there you can learn how to do layers and then apply that to your own photos. When you find an interesting scene move around the angle of your camera, move yourself, until you get the right image.

Composition is about to make it right. All the elements needs to be build into what you are trying to communicate, find that exact moment in which everything is perfectly connected.

Keep it simple. This applies not only into photography, also apply to business, and daily life. I used to have a boss at Procter & Gamble that used to say that we need to do simply things that even his son of eight years can understand. In photography you need to focus in the subject, or in what got your attention and then eliminate all the distractive elements.

You won’t make good pictures every time. Photography is like playing the piano; you can try it or you can play it six hours per day. If you want to be a master you need to shoot everyday.

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International Women Day, portrait Photography

Yesterday the International Women Day was celebrated. In this post I want to share some portraits that I have taken oven the past 5 years to women in different countries (Peru, Panama, Chile, Mexico, England, etc).

These photos were taken with a Nikon D7100 camera or with with an Olympus OMD camera.

Tell me which is your favorite¡¡

You can see more of my photos in:

jair_100 or torobravophotography for BNW only.

Lets start with “Mexico Lindo y Querido”:

Now Panama, the country in where I live:

And finally a series of random photos in other countries:

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Diablicos Sucios – Panama

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.

Aquí algunas otras en blanco y negro:

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To be more happier, make more photos. Street Photography in Santiago, Chile.

Let’s start with a thought, as a street photographer you are also an artist. You paint with the light and the camera is your tool. I discovered that when I am an artist, I’m happier.

For me photography is a hobby and a passion, and a way to be happier. When I go for a street walk I’m happier, is a way to be calm, to disconnect form the day to day worries and just walk and pay attention to all what is around us.

Chile, Santiago by torobravophotography 

Photography also triggers a constant need to go to new places, to discover the world, now when I have the opportunity to be in a different country or city I always ask where are the most vibrant places to take photos.

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All the images were taken in Santiago, Chile in Nov 2018¡ With my Olympus OMD Mark II Camera.

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StreetPhotography, Oaxaca, Mexico

Recently I was in Oaxaca which is without doubt one of my favorite cities in Mexico and why not in the world. Here some photos that I took with my Olympus and my Nikon camera.

Emjoy it¡

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Mary Ellen Mark – Photography

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary is an American photographer known for documentary and portraits photography. I got inspired by her work when I saw her collection named Indian Circus, as its well connected with the type of photography that I like (street photography). To be a good street photographer you need to be in front of the action, you need to have courage to shoot but at the same time you need to be candid, you have to interact with the people that you will shoot and Mary did it great in her Indian Circus collection.

Mary Ellen Mark

She started as an street photographer, an she said “if you can shoot on the street spontaneously, you can shoot anything”

In the following link you can find more pictures of this collection:

https://pin.it/foz3ivjrhtrzzc

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Photography Composition, The Fishing Technique

Boy playing in Panama, by torobravophotography 

When it comes to composition, there are rules, tips on how to brake the rules or simple advices on how to make better photos, this time I want to share my learnings on the fishing technique.

I learned in the blog of Erick Kim the fishing technique, which consist in select firsts a good background and then wait until a subject comes in, or something happens.

This technique helps you to not only see people in the streets but also teach you how to be aware of all the elements, such as: the buildings, the leading lines, the sky and clouds, the shadows.

Here some of my photos that I have taken using the fishing technique:

London Subway, by torobravophotography 
The black cat, Panama Skyline by torobravophotography 
Do you want to get married? Peru, Lima by torobravophotography 

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Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca. Mezcal Production

On December 2018, I went to one of my favorites cities in Mexico, its name is Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a city located in the south part of Mexico and is full of culture, traditions and extraordinary food. In this post I will talk about Mezcal and photography.

Let’s start with Mezcal; its a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. Agaves or magueys are found in many parts of Mexico, but most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. A saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink is: “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también.” (“For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good as well.”) It is unclear whether distilled drinks were produced in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest. The Spaniards were introduced to native fermented drinks such as pulque, made from the maguey plant. Soon, the conquistadors began experimenting with the agave plant to find a way to make a distillable fermented mash. The result was mezcal.

Today, mezcal is still made from the heart of the agave plant, called the piña. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though other types of mezcal are not as popular as tequila (made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country).

“Don Odilon” – Hierve el Agua – Oaxaca by torobravophotography 

Now lets talk about Photography…

As I have already told in my previous posts, photography is my passion, since 3 year ago I decided to always carry a camera with me, as I am convinced that the perfect photo is the one that you have not taken yet, you need to be prepared always. In this case I was driving to a place named Hierve el Agua, which is amazing by the way, and in the road I found a small “palenque” or a place in which craft mezcal is done, I stopped and entered the place.

There were just to persons in charge of the business, Mr. Odilon (the man in the upper photo) was in charge and the production and the sales. As soon as I saw him I tough that I would need to take some photos to remember this moment, my strategy was to be kind, talk with him. After some minutes talking, he and I felt more comfortable so I start talking about photography and I asked him if I can take some picture and this is the result…

Tell me in the comments if you like the photos¡

“Don Odilon” – Hierve el Agua – Oaxaca by torobravophotography 
Mezcal Production – Hierve el Agua – Oaxaca by torobravophotography 

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The 3-Level Theory of Performance applied for Street Photography

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

Shooting in the streets and capture candid moments is not an easy task, it’s something that you need to practice, master and sometime you need to repeat to find the perfect candid moment.

In this post I want to link a concept that I read from a business blog, which is about the easiest way to classify people in organizations, in summary the post tell us that there are always 3 type of the people.

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In sports Nadia Comaneci (considered the greatest female gymnast ever that won 5 Olympic Gold Medals, including the first ever “perfect 10” in Olympic History) clasisified these 3 type of people as:

“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company.

  • The first group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do only 7. They make an excuse, or they say, “7 is good enough, why do 10?” These people never win and are the perennial losers in whatever field of endeavor they are in. They cut corners and do sloppy work.
  • The second group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do 10. These people will win, sometimes. They at least do what is asked.
  • And then there is the rare, third group, and I (Nadia) am in that third group. The coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and I always did 15. Always over-deliver. And this is how I won 5 Olympic Gold Medals.”

Now coming back to street photography I encourage you to be part of the rare group, always do more than what is expected, always spend more time in the streets that what you would consider normal, always shoot more photos of the same moment to increase the odds of getting a real candid moment.

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

The only exception for me is to spend more time editing, editing photos is important but not as important as shooting, I try to spend no more than 2 min per photo…

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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 

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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

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