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.
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 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.
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.