On a recent trip to Coeur d’Alene, I took about an hour and a half and lingered on Sherman Avenue for a time taking candid photos of people.   Most were pretty receptive.   I even got a request to not take a picture of someone’s butt!!   I’ll be posting them randomly. Here’s the first and one of my favorites.


8 responses

  1. Great photograph!

    April 19, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    • Thanks Graham. There will be more posted here soon!

      April 19, 2011 at 2:03 PM

  2. Mike,

    This is an area of photography that I have been reluctant to try. Any tips that you would like to pass along?


    April 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM

  3. Hi Tim. This type of photography, like a lot of what I am doing now, is all brand new to me as well so I don’t know if I am the person to be offering advice; at least I don’t see myself that way.

    I can only tell you how I approach this photography from my perspective as a fairly private person. I wanted to make sure that I was completely unassuming. I am not an “in your face” kind of photographer. Most of the time, I am using a zoom and am taking shots from 50 to 75 yards away from the subject.

    I am always prepared to be “spoken to” and as such, I am also prepared to show people the shot that I have taken of them, tell them what it will be used for and if they are insistent, to delete the picture.

    I’m not certain that I even know what to look for when taking these kind of shots. I just search until I find a person that looks interesting to me and wait until the right moment to press. I think that I am more lucky than anything else.

    I know one thing for certain, I would love to visit a large city and just take pictures all day to see what I come up with. On my next trip to California, I am going to take a day and spend it in downtown San Francisco doing nothing but taking pictures of people. Should be interesting.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

  4. I was that cool once – but I’d loose the hat.
    Street photography can be fun an nerve wracking at the same time, Mike. I reckon its to do with what you look like. I’m about the most inocuous looking bloke on the planet. No-one notices me. Even with a Nikon strapped to my neck my wife thinks I look like someone with the plague.
    Take on that look and you’ll survive nicely in the street.
    I’ll send you my make-up kit.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    • 😀 Thanks.

      April 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

  5. What a great shot Mike, really looking forward to seeing more of this series!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    • Thanks Toad. I’m looking forward to doing more of it. It’s gonna take some time to get used to my new equipment though. I went out and tried some the other day and it was mostly crap!

      May 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM

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