Getting Close In Street Photography

Chris is always well worth reading….and his images are stunning!

Chris Harrison Photo Blog

When you first start doing street photography it can be pretty scary. You assume that everyone will notice you and you feel nervous and maybe even a little wary of what might happen. Will people get upset, angry or even violent?
The most important thing to remember is that you are doing nothing wrong. You are not breaking the law by making images of people in public. There is no right to privacy in public. If there was then cctv wouldn’t be able to exist or be used. Some people say there is a moral side to consider, and I agree. I don’t make images of homeless people, or people in obvious distress. There may be exceptions to both of those but I would have to way up the situation at the time to see if it was justified.

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York – StreetShoot

I did a little video of my recent trip to York.

It’s on YouTube here :-

York Trip Video

If you watch it..a thumbs up would be good…if you don’t a thumbs down at least means you care 😂

Thanks

John

Travel Is Good For The Soul….

Or..It’s not how far you go…its the fact that you go (I’m sure someone famous said that – but if not, I’m claiming it!)

I think I said in my last post – actually I know I did because I looked- that I was enjoying my street photography and that I hoped to travel more.  Well I organised a trip, which while not technically “abroad” was to Yorkshire.  Trust me it is a different country in someways (I joke).

I have been photographing around Newcastle a lot recently.  I love the place and always find subjects and different areas to shoot.  But It can get to a point where I have to force myself to head in.  So my good friend Chris (he is on here as Chrisharrisonphoto ) and I decided to head for York for the day.  The weather forecast was better than usual – only 50% chance of rain – and hopefully some sun may peek through what has been a really awful winter and spring here in the North East.
We set off around 8am and had a good trip down. To park near the town centre, as Chris is not very mobile, cost us an arm and a leg  £12 for about 5 hours! But hey…we were on a holiday!
For anyone looking for a weekend break (or longer), that doesn’t know the place, York is a terrific city for a visit.  You get tons of history, plenty of great attractions and lots of pubs! The natives are friendly and while at the height of summer it can get overflowing with visitors and hen/stag parties..its big enough to cope.  However it is a compact city so easy to get around.

For a street photographer the place is wonderful…lots of alleyways and side streets and a mass of people basically expecting to see people with cameras.  Chris and I fitted right in!

Anyway, enough chatter here come some of my pics from the day.  taken on a mix of my Fuji X100f and the X-T2 with 35mm f1.2 lens.

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More from my travels another time.  Although my next blog will likely be Newcastle again!
Feel free to comment and share.

Keep shooting!

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My Website

 

Where I’m At Right Now

As my multitude of followers (that’s irony) will know my blog is pretty much just another vehicle to show off my photographs. I wonder, what the hell did we all do before social media for “exposure”? I assume showed the wife, girlfriend and cat I suppose?….oh and the guys (it was always guys) down the Camera Club – who gave you fifteen shades of criticism about why your image was so bad – should you be in one. You could send prints into Amateur Photographer I suppose and hope they might pick it for publication. We are so spoilt now.

Anyway, apologies, I digress. Yeah as I said I mainly use this blog to share my work.

You also will have noticed that earlier blog posts concentrated on what is called “Model” or “Fashion” photography. Done purely as a hobby this was an area I concentrated on for about 3/4 years. I was still shooting the odd music gig or street scene, but it would be 90% pretty girls.

I really enjoyed doing it. I met some amazing people and it was a great technical exercise learning how to get better shots and work different genres and people.

To break up the text here is a gratuitous model shot

But just around Christmas I was taking stock of life, as you do, and realised that I was taking more and more photographs of people, situations around the area where I live. I found myself watching YouTube videos on Street Photography and followed more and more similar minded folk on Instagram (as well as blogs on here).

I realised that I was really enjoying the results. The main difference between this and model shoots was the complete lack of stress and pressure. Don’t get me wrong my model stuff was still just a hobby, it wasn’t keeping a roof over my head or anything. But there were appointments to be made and kept. Models expected images edited and returned promptly. So the stresses were my own. Then there was the “promotional” side of things, sharing on Social Media etc looking for the next shoot or another location.

But street photography I do purely for me. I can go out with one camera, no lights, gear, worrying about the weather, if the model will turn up, will she like my work etc etc.

The streets are always there….

I keep trying different techniques, looking for new subjects, new places to shoot. I find myself planning trips to new cities, towns. I’m thinking of printing some of my work, maybe getting a book of street images done. I did a proper website John Jobling Photography

I’m even thinking of where to go abroad to “street” shoot.

So there you are. Currently I gave myself a 6 month break from model shoots (ends in June) when I will re-assess how I feel. Am I missing it? Not really no. I miss the interaction with the girls I shot, that was always fun and I made some good friends. But I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would. Let’s see what happens in June.

So I am in a pretty good place photography wise right now.

Let’s hope it continues.

Comments/Shares always welcome.

Keep shooting.

Until next time, take care

John

Catch Up Post – Part II

I was attending the Newcastle United football match on Saturday 11th March.  This normally involves meeting friends for a few pre-match drinks etc.  So I tend not to do much photography that day.

However this Saturday there was a March planned through Newcastle to protest at the horrific cuts and reduction in Services our National Health Service is going through at the moment.  So I decided to take my Fuji X100F with me and try and grab some photographs.  I not only wanted to document the March/rally..but capture some of the people and scenes about as well.
This is my take on the day. The event was very well attended and supported. Hopefully it achieves some good!

There are a lot of images….apologies.

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Remembering Jo Cox who was murdered outside her constituency

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Actor Stephen Tompkinson Supporting the event

Like I said…a lot of images.  But worthwhile to document I think. I must say the Fuji X100F was a star on the day.

Oh…and Newcastle won 3-0………

Thanks for looking

John Jobling

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Catch up post – Part I

I have been building up a little street stuff since my Chinese New Year post.

This a a few from then..I also got an adapter for my Fuji -XT2 that allows me to use Olympus Zeiko lenses.  My second “proper” camera was an Olympus OM10.  So I had the 50mm f1.8 lens from it.  So I have a couple of images using that.  You have to manual focus it..which, with my rubbish eyesight is not ideal.  But I will persevere.

Otherwise these shots are just the usual stuff shot around Newcastle – I’ve called it Part I as I will follow with a quick post at the same time fro a shoot I did on Saturday (10th March) in and around a NHS Cuts Protest march.

I also have now got an actual website with proper name and everything.  Its still being developed but please have a look and share around etc.

John Jobling Photography Site

Anyway here we go…

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This was one I took with the Olympus lens

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“Been waiting long Sir?”

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Please feel free to comment or share.

Thanks for looking

John

Celebrating The Year Of The Dog.

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. The date for Chinese New Year is different every year as it is set according to the Lunar calendar. It falls on the first day of the new moon which begins in either late January or February. Chinese New Year celebrations typically last for around 15 days, ending on the day of the full moon. Customs differ, but the main message of Chinese New Year is for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity for the year ahead. In 2018, Chinese New Year is on February 16.

I attended my first Chinese New Year Parade in Newcastle.  This is my impression of what was a great day in the City.

Newcastle is a very multi-cultural mix anyway, but there is a strong Chinese/Asian community in the City, dating back to 1881 – Visitors to St John’s Cemetery in Elswick, Newcastle, might have chanced upon a headstone written in Chinese letters. It is dated 1881 and is dedicated to a Chinese sailor who died of tuberculosis on board a transport ship after arrival at an Elswick shipyard. This is thought to relate to the Armstrong Whitworth yard where in the 1880s four cruisers (the Yangwei and Chaoyong in 1881 and the Zhiyuan and the Jingyuan in 1887)  were designed and built for the Chinese navy.

Now there the community is around 20,000 and at its heart is Stowell Street in Newcastle.

Read more about the history of the Newcastle Chinese Community here The Chinese Newcastle Links

George & The Dragon (well Lion really)

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Nope…Not happy at all!!

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2018 Will Be The “Year Of The Dog” – its called Jess

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Lion and Firecrackers!

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Hope you enjoyed this brief snapshot.  The whole thing was on around 4 hours…and hadn’t fully finished before I left.

Equipment was my Fuji X-T2 with (mainly) my 27mm 2.8 lens.  Some were shot on my 35mm 1.4

Keep shooting!

John

Get Out, Get Out Of Town…

Wow! Writing that title took me back…..Max Bygraves (if I recall correctly?) from “My Little Duckling” – again think that was it.  A regular on BBC’s Childrens Favourites.
As I get older I find me self reminiscing more and more…..gotta stop it!
Anyway ENOUGH!!  This is a photography Blog….you will be driving your many followers away!!

As regular readers of my epistles will know I do a lot of my Street Photography around the great City Of Newcastle Upon Tyne.  Which is a great place to shoot as it has a myriad of side streets, markets, cafes and bars.  The people are generally interesting and diverse too – always a plus!

But at times I become “stale” shooting it and yearn to do something different.  The chance to do just that arose when a good friend (and excellent fashion/glamour photographer) of mine Colin Anderson suggested we go and shoot together.  He isn’t really a street photographer himself but was interested to try it out. So, as he offered to drive we thought about pastures new. Not quite in the Lewis & Clark field of exploration I agree..but we thought about going to the towns of Darlington and Durham City for a change.

The weather was set fair (but chilly) and we had a great trip down putting the world to rights on the way.

It was so refreshing to have a new place to shoot in…Having a whole new perspective was great for the creative juices.

Here are a few shots from the day.

Monday Morning

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Measuring Up

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Nails

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£3.00 Power Girl

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Speed King

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A Touch Of Spring

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Late Sunshine Snack

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Caps On!

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Double 7

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All comments (and shares) welcome.

If you want to check out my friend Colin’s work you can do so here Colin’s Facebook Page

Keep Shooting Folks.  catch you next time.

John