It’s Saturday–Time For Black And White


The last three weeks have been pretty hectic with not much time for photography. A quick trip to Big Pool Wood and Talacre lighthouse to test the new camera and last Saturday I managed to arrange a day In Chester to take some photographs….and as usual the best laid plans etc. It was raining, dark grey skies, really overcast, but “plans is plans” and off I went. A good few weeks back I did a post about Chester Cathedral and Saturday was supposed to have been the architecture, Chester has some amazing Black and White buildings and covered walkways, called The Rows. The E-M1 Mk2 is weather-proof, so rain doesn’t really matter too much, apart from getting spots of water on the lens front, guaranteed to happen if you are shooting architecture, so Plan B, I always have a plan, was dusted off and brought into action. Street Photography.

The lovely thing about street photography is the best of is absolutely no way you can stage or even think of – it just like – it happened and isn’t it weird and it is gone.. I think the crazies stuff is the stuff that is generally real and the stuff you can make up is less impressive. – Matt Stuart

If you understand what Matt was saying, let me know.

Wet Chester

See what I mean about those lovely Black and White buildings, another day, maybe. I found a good spot to stand, it’s directly opposite me just to the left of the steps and two windows in. One it was out of the rain, you can see the dry spot on the street, and two it was ideal for catching my victims unwilling subjects as they came round the corner.

No matter what city you are in, at least here in the UK, Saturday is always good for Hen and Stag parties as the next two photographs show.

Strange People

Here comes the bride, can’t understand why she has shut her eyes, maybe it’s a surprise

Bride To Be

Chester is one of those town, they see so many tourists and photographers that they really don’t pay that much attention to another fool with a camera…..

I'm On The Phone

…..and those Black and White buildings are really fantastic to photograph. Just a shame people get in the way.

Friends

I’ve heard of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, even been and visited it, but this is some serious lean. Ooops! It’s me. I haven’t got the horizon straight.

The Tower

Coffee time, at this point in the day I could do with one myself. This is another nice spot to take a photograph. People seem totally unaware that I’m standing there.

Coffee Time

On the same street, just a little bit further up and another convenient spot to take photographs.

Street photography is a renewable resource. If you don’t like what you see wait 5 minutes or walk a hundred feet. – Craig Coverdale

The Two Of Us

Watch out! They’re coming. On a wet day like Saturday he was doing a roaring trade in selling umbrella’s.

Smoke Time

….and there were lots of them about. Big ones, small one, all designed to poke your eye out. I’m tall and when I walk about in areas where there are lots of umbrellas I have to keep a constant eye, excuse the pun, for someone with their head down, scurrying along, underneath an umbrella.

Tourists

In Chester, there is a great area called The Rows. It’s a series of covered walkways with shops on one side that allow you to get about without getting wet. Well that’s how I look at it….

The Rows - Chester

Of course there are those who don’t mind getting wet, I other the other hand do like to keep dry, so this was taken from that nice little sheltered spot I mentioned earlier.

Happy Clappy

My final photograph for this week . I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did taking them – Mike

The Two Of Us Again

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21 comments

  1. Loved them all, and the black and white theme suits Chester perfectly. One thing though, is it legal to photograph people and then publish the result? I know it’s not in France and I believe that the French can sue even if you don’t publish in that country. There again, the web is international. I’ve always been very careful to try and exclude people’s faces from my photography unless I have their permission and I’ve even gone so far as to blot out their faces. I’d be interested to hear what you can add to this.

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    • The question about legality is interesting. I live in the US and I am a rank amateur so I know nothing (like Jon Snow). However, my understanding is that here no release is needed if the photo is taken for “non-commercial” purposes – which I take to mean that you can’t sell it. I would love to see feedback on this from someone in the US who does know what he/she is talking about.

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    • In the UK, generally it is OK to photograph someone who is in a public area as long as you are also in the public area. However you have to be careful about what is considered public. For instance a shopping mall may not be public.

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      • Right – there are lots of great street photographers (present company included) and it’s hard to imagine them scurrying after the people in their photos getting releases –

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        • I’m not sure about commercial release but if you think about it. The paparazzi never bother about getting model releases and the magazines and papers normally don’t have any qualms about publishing photographs of topless celebrities on the beach or even in private residences. Not that I’m saying I would take photographs like that. It’s not for me.

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          • Celebrities are in a different category, I think. But I wonder about the photographer in the street making an image which incidentally includes a recognizable person sitting in a restaurant –

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  2. Mike, these are fantastic. I like B& W scenes and enjoy the people and the various expressions. Seeing the faces adds so much to street photography. I hope you continue to do more.

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    • The Rows are great, as are the city walls and the Cathedral. Liverpool used to be my goto city for street photography but in recent months I have come to appreciate the ease of getting to Chester and the photo opportunities whilst there

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  3. My question is: how do you get the hyper-real quality? It is almost like you drew them or somehow digitized them. I don’t know much about the technicalities of photography–I love to shoot photos, also–but they are appear to be almost “sketched out” on the pictures. Unusual to my eye.

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  4. Now if I told you Cynthia I would give away all my secrets. Actually there’s nothing really special about what I do. Basically I take the photographs and push them through a piece of software called PhotoMatix which is designed for HDR images. Then a quick conversion to Black and White and that’s it.

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