Street Photography In An Hour

Street Photography In An Hour

My aunt and cousin were visiting us from out of state and I had to take my cousin to Georgetown Cupcake while she was here. I lent my MetroCard to my aunt so she could go to church with my mother, so I figured I’d go out and take some pictures until they got back. This weather we’ve been having has been crazy. I figured I’d take what little time I could to go out and take pictures.

55mm, a7Rii, benches, bridge, color, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, river, Sony, street photography, urban landscape, water, Zeiss

I love walking. It’s not just my favorite form of exercise, it’s just something I like to do. If I can walk there I will. Yes, it’s partly because I despise public transportation, but also because you get to see so much more, and discover new things, when you walk. If I’m in a car, or on the bus or the train, I always fall asleep. I have no idea why. With the way that NYC bus drivers drive I’d hardly call it soothing. Either way, walking is always my preferred choice of getting somewhere. I had been toying with the idea of selling the 35mm so I figured I’d take it out and do a little test between the 35mm and 55mm.

The very first picture of this post was taken with the 35mm. The second, taken in the same spot, was taken with the 55mm. Now I remember why I love the 35mm. It’s great for those landscape type shots. I love the 55mm for street photography and portraits, but for landscapes, cityscapes, if I go on vacation and want to capture as much of the scene as I can, I’ll always reach for the 35mm. I guess I can’t really call it a test since this was the only shot where I did a 35mm vs. 55mm comparison.

55mm, a7Rii, astronaut, color, concrete divider, Lower East Side, Manhattan, moon men, New York City, no people shots, NYC, Sony, street art, street photography, Zeiss

I had to take this shot quickly because, I don’t know if any of you that are reading this have walked along the water by the South Street Seaport, but the way bicyclists fly along those thin paths that are made with the concrete barriers, is crazy. They fly around corners like they’re the only ones using those paths. Not wanting to get slammed into, I quickly took the shot and continued on my way. I quite like this one. It looks like astronauts walking on the waves. At least it does to me.

55mm, a7Rii, bicycles, citibike, color, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, rental, Sony, street photography, Zeiss

I would like to ride a bicycle throughout the city but I don’t have the nerves of steel required to ride a bicycle through NYC traffic. They are pretty popular here. One day, when I finally am able to move out of the city, I want to get a bike to ride to work, or wherever, during the warmer months, but for now, walking and public transportation are my two main ways of getting around.

55mm, a7Rii, bicycle, color, dreadlocks, helmet, Highline, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, Sony, street photography, sunglasses, Zeiss

These two just looked so cool that I had to take their picture. I’m almost certain that the guy in back was looking right at me, but they didn’t say anything. As I’ve mentioned before, people getting huffy was one of the reasons I considered stopping street photography. I just don’t like dealing with other people’s paranoia. Maybe it’s because I’m a street photographer, but the times I have seen someone aiming a camera at me, I just kept going about my day. I’ve never liked street photographers who invade a person’s space, pretty much in their face, so I never do that. I’m not clear down the block like some kind of creepy weirdo but I definitely don’t cross the personal space barrier. I follow the “treat people the way you want to be treated” rule.

55mm, a7Rii, blue hair, bokeh, coffee, color, highlights, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, sitting, Sony, street photography, Zeiss

I considered converting this to black and white but then you wouldn’t have been able to see her cool blue hair. Of course, with my luck, immediately after I took this shot, I lost my balance on a small piece of uneven sidewalk so I had to do one of those crazy, wobbly walks for a few steps, but I just kept going like that didn’t just happen. 😆



  1. Mister G.C.
    March 8, 2018 / 7:12 AM

    You got some nice images there Tina. I especially like the second city-scape with the pigeon making a candid appearance.

    • Tina
      March 9, 2018 / 12:14 AM

      I love that I caught the pigeon!! I never catch pigeons. They’re either too far away or they come out a big, blurry mess. 😆 Thanks for reading!

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