#37. "RE: How Are You Primarily Using Your D800 or D800E?" In response to In response to 36
>I have no problem taking pictures of Spectators at Events. >It is a nice change of pace and can add interest.
The excitement and other moods the spectators show can make great photos.
>But on the Street, I find people much more shy and often >resentful. >I know they are in public domain >but they do not want their privacy violated anyway. >And then there is the problem with taking pictures of kids to >deal with. >So I usually limit my street walk photography to Landscape >& Archetectual subjects.
I hear this and I understand your feelings on the matter, but I have only rarely experienced that people are shy for very long or resentful in any way. Of course I respect personal privacy boundaries, but I don't encounter very many people who don't want to engage unless they're simply too busy or too focused on something more important to them. I choose my subjects carefully too - not everyone is fair game, and not everyone has the time to engage with me.
I've also found, most often in recent years, that it is photographers who are more often hesitant about making photos of kids than it is parents or guardians who are overprotective or shooing away a photographer. I always engage with a parent to first offer them a civilized connection. Engaging with people, at least for me, has been a path to all sorts of wonderful cooperation and just a few new friendships over the years as well.
We're all different though - for sure - and I never assume that my approach to street photography should be everyone's approach. I agree with you - we each have to shoot in ways that provide us with relative comfort, enjoyment and confidence.