“Schöner Berliner” Berlin ~ Mitte, 2017
What you think to be a Calvin Klein or an Olga Tamakhina advert… Is in actuality just another beautiful Berliner looking forlorn and lost who fell prey to my camera.
I recently was in Berlin for an Eric Kim workshop and we were out shooting for the day when I happened upon this scene (which I liked). I decided to try a nice trick Eric showed us which is getting low when out doing candid pics… It works, for some reason people don’t even give you a second thought when you are well below them and just go about their business. This allowed me to snap several frames without even being given a second look. Try it next time you’re out shooting… Not only does it make you even more non-threatening, but also gives you some different compositional angles,
Technical stuff…Fujifilm Xpro2, fujinon 50mm XF f2.0 WR lens Shot at 1/420th of a second at f7.1 @1600 ISO. Lighting was overcast natural ambient lighting.
“she waits…” Metro, Paris ~Nov 2017
I found the metro in Paris to be an amazing bountiful place for candid and street photography, and there is such a wealth of visual stimuli going on around every corner!
One of my favorites was shooting from across platforms, people were pretty involved in watching and waiting for their trains that they were totally oblivious to my presence. So I got so do my voyeur thing quite anonymously and efficiently, as they posed so perfectly for my camera.
I noticed (this trip in particular) that people in Europe don’t really try and make eye contact on public transportation with strangers or try and start a conversation with you like folks in the USA would, this definitely makes taking candid portraits a lot easier… Which in turn makes my fly on the wall style photography so much more effective!
Technical stuff: Fujifilm X-Pro2, 50mm XF f2 R WR lens, 1/250th of a second @ f2 shot at 2500 ISO
Gypsy children~ Istanbul, Turkey
So my second blog entry begins with this adorable gipsy child I met outside the Blue Mosque, her and her siblings were working the tourist outside. They saw me and after realizing I wasn’t going to fold to their routine they became fascinated by my gear and really got into hamming it up for the camera. This is one image of many I shot, and my favorite…
Technical stuff :
Shot with Fuji Xpro2, with Fujinon 18mm f2 prime lens… 200 ISO, 1/240th sec @ f5.6
…post script, I did give them some money in the end 🤷🏽♂️
Le Belle Parisienne Paris~ November, 2017
Bonjour…I’m Gustavo and I am a Visual Artist and wandering Street Photographer… Having absolutely no idea what I am doing… this is me attempting to create a blog for myself that’s more creative and more “me” and less Instagramerish…
As I create and edit my portraits and street photography I will hang them here as I figure out what the hell I’m doing! Please bear with me and, please feel free to add your comments and suggestions!
So… I start with this image I made last week in Paris, as I sat at a cafe and did what people do in Europe (people watch). As I was sitting there enjoying the last rays of sun that evening a beautiful Parisian walked right into my frame and lens… I snapped her image as the last glow of the sun backlit her hair… ¡Merci Madame!