Leica Street Photography (1)

Leica Street Photography (1) – Shooting from the Hip

What is Street Photography?
To me the term ‘Street Photography‘ is associated with unplanned unrequested candid photos of people taken in a street environment. Many street photographers stop people and ask them if they can take their photo. This is fine but to me this is then a ‘Street Portrait‘ and could just as easily be a model standing in the street (as I often do) or a homeless person / shop worker / other.  Although I work with models on a regular basis I do not think I have the confidence to jump out in front of someone and take a photo as I would be worried they may not appreciate it. This has lead to me using the technique known as ‘Zone Focusing‘. I can work closely with my subjects and yet they are often unaware I am taking a photography and as a result at no point feel threatened by me.

Here are a sample of Leica street photography images I took in London. All images are zone focused (link below) and shot from waist level without looking through the viewfinder.

Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar + Leica M8 (f8 approx)
London Street Photography
Leica M8 Street Photography
Leica Street Photography
Running Late

1951 Leica Summaron 35mm f3.5 + Leica M9 (@f3.5)
Leica Summaron 35mm f3.5
Leica Street Photography
People of London

Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 PII + Leica M9
Coffee Culture
Street Photography

1954 Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5 + Leica M9 (@f1.5)
Homeless

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer

Related Post

Zone Focusinghttps://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/zone-focusing/

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Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

2 thoughts on “Leica Street Photography (1)”

  1. I agree, most of my shots are with a 50 lux at about 2 – 3 metres, whilst walking. I like to walk past people who are sitting at tables. It enables wonderful eye level details.

  2. Thanks, I find for waist level shots I am normally around 1m away so my 50mm is often too close. This is the first of a series of street photography blog posts exploring different styles. More to come including Lux shots 😉

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