(Panorama shot of the gallery taken with Iphone 4s, CLICK for a larger view)
Over the last weekend, I was part of a photo exhibition held by our photographer group ‘Lightcatcher’. Just over 20 photographers were involved in this exhibition (myself and Vea included) and the exhibition turned out to be quite a success with around 200 people attending on the opening night. Since there are a lot of photos, I think I will write the post in parts. Today’s post is of the candid photos in preparation of the exhibition.
During the warmer seasons, waterfront is a popular place for families, performers and great atmosphere! 😀
Something about the water… it has a very calming effect on people. Just listening to the water breaking near the shore and feeling pleasant breeze on your face is so relaxing… 🙂
Late afternoon, around 4PM to 7PM, is a wonderful time to be near waterfront. The sun is not too strong and you get the pleasant breeze. And you will still get to see some of the performers still performing 😀
Farmers bring their own vegetables, honey and homemade jams. Their freshness is quite something and the market itself is usually bustling with lively energy and people by 9AM.
After a stop at the farmer’s market, you can hop over to the main St. Lawrence Market in the next building. This place is also full of people on Saturday mornings and there are many shops and eateries you can try out here if you get hungry. 😉
In a city like Toronto, Street photography is a genre that could be explored very much in depth. However I am still new to this concept and I am still working on it.
I always believe that most good photographs are taken ‘up close and personal’ but in street photography, that is one thing that is really hard to do. It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a stranger and take a photo 😛
At the very beginning, out of the fear of walking up close to strangers, I took out my telephoto lens to take some of the shots. I find doing this actually grabs more attention. After all, these telephoto lenses are HUGE 😛
Actually, I find that most people when they notice that you are taking photos, they try to get out of the way not because they don’t want to be in the photo, but they feel that they are interfering with your work 😛
When taking street photography, try smiling if they notice you instead of suspiciously looking the other way. I think, in most cases, smile brings out more favourable outcomes 😉
Oh and having a small discrete camera like X100 helps too 😉