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Street photography : Night shots!

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Let's take advantage of the early sunset and changing weather and take some street shots along Robson and Denman. We'll find it lively, and hopefully some steamy windows too.

Street photography isn't only capturing people doing interesting or provocative things, it's also capturing intriguing or stimulating scenes. We are more concerned with exploring, interacting and finding a moment of composition through the play of life. Selection and timing is essential.

Above: Late Night Coffee by Sharon Wish

Robson St is chic, if not chi-chi, with rushed people in and out of the many ordinary and upscale stores. There are restaurants and cafes with heated terraces and brave coffee drinkers, and lots of hustle and some bustle. Denman has a slower pace, is colorful, hip, older, has some new touches, is smaller and people take life at a more leisurely pace because of bistros and local favorites. In both cases, we should find interesting frames on the street and into storefronts. So come out to play - together with your co-hosts Dionysios and Sharon - and try to make those memorable photographs.

Bring a prime wide lens, between 24mm and 50mm, to be able to get closer and get wide views. Do not bring a tripod, because with street photography you must think fast on your feet.

Above: The hunger by Dionysios Psychas

You compensate the exposure by opening up the aperture, which has the effect of decreasing the view's depth of field and you can compose fun blurred images. You can also increase the ISO to a setting that does not include unpleasant color noise. When this occurs, make B&W images; the grain might be appropriate for the subject matter. You can also slow down the shutter-speed to less than 1/8s to get motion blur and those captivating ghostly figures. If you need some stability, you can steady the camera on a bench or car, stand against a wall or lamp-post, or tuck in your arms and breathe out slowly before you take the shot.

Above: Move by Sharon Wish

The event will go on dry or wet, but be prepared for the weather. Have with you an umbrella or a waterproof jacket, plus you can take photos from under awnings and from vestibules.

The Walk-about

We'll meet in front of the pink wall of the Vitcoria's Secret store at the corner of Robson St and Burrard St at 17:30. We'll walk up Robson where there will be lively shoppers and bistro goers and flaunters. Then we'll find some interesting frames along Denman St. We'll end the event at 19:30 at Morton Park at the corner of Denman St and Davie St. Afterwards, we'll head over to the Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford Street, corner Beach Ave) for drinks or dinner so we can share photos and conversations.

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others a chance to participate.

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Dionysios

    Mark and Reem, I reordered the new versions of your images after the original so they can be seen altogether. Thanks for keeping the discussion going and experimenting. Folks, there's some good shots there, keep going, show us your stuff. Have a look and add yours if you hadn't already.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Mark S.

      Thanks arranging the images. I am really enjoying the learning process.

      1 · February 23, 2014

    • Dionysios

      The edits look cool at first glance and we'll discuss soon.

      February 24, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Is it appropriate to repost pictures after making changes/edits/adjustments suggested by our peers? This would allow further discussion and growth as a photographer. If possible it would be appropriate to label each image as a repost.

    2 · February 23, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Yes it is. Don't remove the previous one. Add the new one, refer to the old one and tell us about it, and email me about it also so I can reposition them one after the other so the discussion does not become disjointed.

      February 23, 2014

    • Mark S.

      I have added edits and tagged the names to the original image, If I have posted too many edits let me know or remove as you see fit. Thanks for the" redo"

      February 23, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, thank you all again for participating. There's some good shots in the album. Some of course are decidedly not street photography. They might be good, but it would have been helpful for yourselves to have followed through with the exercise even if it was not something you were used to. Placing ourselves once in a while out of our comfort zone does teach us new things. So keep posting and asking questions and we'll do this again soon.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Dionysios

      I can tell you which ones are not if that would help you. If they are not of the genre, they are still good photographs perhaps. But I think you should leave them up, especially if they have a running commentary. Somehow it can benefit someone else; it is all helpful.

      February 23, 2014

    • Mark S.

      Please let me know, privately if you feel it is more appropriate, as it would be most helpful in my learning journey.

      February 23, 2014

  • David

    This was really fun with a great group of people!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, so we can help each other to develop please elaborate with your comments. Congratulatory comments such as "Fabulous!" are nice but not useful. Please develop your thought and tell us why you think it works or does not; remember to be constructive.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • julian

    A really good idea. Thanks to Dionysios and Sharon for organizing it

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Victor

    Another great event!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dionysios, thanks for the invite! Great evening and lots of fun!!

    February 16, 2014

  • Rae

    Great people and nice event!!! Very challenging. Thanks!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • hassina

    Thank you all for this great event!!! can't wait the next !

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Enrica

    I cancelled this morning; I don't know how I was still in the group; sorry for that

    February 15, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Great event. Thanks team for everything

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Yes! The rain made for interesting subject matter and it was good to work with certain constraints. Thank you all for coming out to play. I was happy to see new members out there in the rain. Please post up to 8 images, the ones you like and even the ones that you do not, and tell us about them. We'll try to have a conversation about interpretation. À la prochaine!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Carissa

    We are at the Three Brits instead of Hotel Sylvia. It is on the corner of Davie and Denman across from the Starbucks. :-)

    February 15, 2014

  • Alison

    Dionysios. Confined my shooting to Robson. Sorry to miss the wrap-up. Alison

    February 15, 2014

  • Carissa

    First one here!

    February 15, 2014

  • Dionysios

    See you all soon folks!

    February 15, 2014

    • Mark S.

      Looking forward to it....the rain makes it all the better!

      1 · February 15, 2014

    • Matt

      Hi I'm going to be 10-15 mins late. Will everyone still be at the location?

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just heard the weather forecast for tomorrow and I'm a little concerned about the wind & rain combined. Is anyone else concerned?

    February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry folks, I'm bailing, too chicken and would rather someone have my spot that will enjoy it more than I would.

      February 15, 2014

    • Doris F.

      So sorry, I just cancelled, can't risk my head cold flaring up again. Hope you have a great shoot and see some of you soon.

      February 15, 2014

  • Richard W.

    it's too bad that I have to jam this time but some other lucky soul will have fun this Saturday night.

    February 14, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, I hope you are all excited about the upcoming event. Remember that street photography is an interesting and helpful exercise for learning how to hand hold a camera, how to focus and interact with our surroundings, how to predict occurrences and it isn't just about photographing people but rather the play on the streets. Also, there is another photography meetup event on the same day and time.

    For those who are double booked, please be courteous to your fellow VCFCP members and change you RSVP accordingly.

    À bientôt!

    3 · February 10, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Hi John, we don't want to create a precedent by allowing members to just show up without being on the attendance list. Please keep trying.

      1 · February 10, 2014

    • Carissa

      Especially with a wait list this long.

      1 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is this event on in the rain?

    February 10, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Yes it is; the event is rain or shine. It says so in the description as well, please read it for more details.

      February 10, 2014

  • kelly

    A yes for now....but it is Valentine's weekend...my better half might have different plans...and if he does I'll surrender my spot in plenty of time...

    January 11, 2014

    • kelly

      Surrendered!

      January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      OOOIOooooooo. !!! ;-}

      February 5, 2014

  • John V.

    It so impossible to get into these events. I get an email saying a spot is open, and within 2 minutes its filled!

    January 21, 2014

    • Carissa

      Were are open to having more members host meetups. A perk of hosting a meetup is you know you are guaranteed a spot :-) If you are interested in co-hosting just email the organizers.

      1 · January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      One thing to check - is your email set for near instant display on new emails, or does system check for new only ( for example) every 15 minutes.

      February 5, 2014

  • Dionysios

    There is another photography meetup event on the same day and time.


    For those who are double booked, please be courteous to your fellow VCFCP members and change you RSVP accordingly.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I RSVP'd this right away, who knew?

    January 21, 2014

  • Dionysios

    And no tripods. This is a hand-held-camera event.

    I'm looking in your direction Rob. :)

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • John V.

      I love doing HDRs at night, but ok :)

      January 12, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Moving stealthily o the street with a camera in your hand trying to find atmospheric scenes will be fun I promise!

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • John M.

    Can't make this one. Everyone have fun.

    January 12, 2014

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