Intro and Street photos

mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/Street-Photography-Black-and-White/i-wkkkqGn/A

Greetings , I am an avid and passionate street photographer in Cape Town , South Africa. Paul Watson is my name , no , not that Sea Shepard guy ,

Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

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  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    I do hope you dont mind me experimenting and trying out the different styles of posting a photo while i showcase a few of my photos

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 159Registered Users Major grins

    Hi Paul, welcome to the forum then. Judging from browsing your site, we can expect quite a bit of interesting photos! Your concept photos were especially appealing to me, lots of inspiring stuff. Hope you don't mind, but this one: https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/Concept-Photography/i-VTWJqw5/A is outstandingly superb!

    Cheers,
    Can

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,706Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    Welcome to Dgrin, Paul

    I enjoyed looking at your gallery. It looks like we have similar tastes--I'm also mainly a street shooter. As a tip, I think you'll get better response here if you post your pics inline, like you did on the third post. People are surprisingly lazy about clicking on links.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work. :+1:

    Cheers,
    -R

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,914Registered Users Major grins

    Wonderful collection of street photos. I agree with Can - the girl with the book is outstanding.

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,119Administrators moderator

    Paul, I browsed all your galleries. Some very good stuff up there!

    My Smugmug
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,449Registered Users Major grins

    Welcome to the forum, nice work! We need more street photographers in the forum, keep posting.

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Many thanks for the great responses. So now i can see the best results one can get using the different type of . posts. Just had a wild weekend of madness and photography , i almost feel hung over with all the interesting people i met and learnt from .

    I still have loads to do and finish up on my Website , lots of Culling and figuring out. I will carry on posting as many fun and interesting photos i can to help everyone learn from my mistakes as well as success.

    Bo Kaap .. Cat Scan

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,290Registered Users Major grins

    Welcome Mongoose...

    Good see on #1 folded legs...

    Rags

    Rags
  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Many thanks for the great compliments ,I really enjoy my time on the streets and the more i look , the better i see. I have been practicing a technique for keeping myself out of danger . I spent 2 months downtown Rio De Janerio , taking photos and every day on my own walking those extremely rough streets. I am not sure how you guys keep out of harms way /
    If I may

    I walk fast , a good brisk pace , I never hang around in one spot , I take a photo and move on. I also have one of those sling bags , I always wear a dusty old bulky jacket , and camera is always hidden. My one hand has the strap wrapped around it and rests on the camera inside the sling bag. I can quickly pull the camera out and shoot , then hide it away.
    I always wear dark clothing , I like to blend in.
    I use one lens , I dont change lens and have minimal on me. I travel and take photos very light , If i need to get away i can sprint without been weighted down..
    IIn Rio i wore headphones , and no music. I noticed that people leave you alone when you listen to music , , so i had an advantage of been left alone and been able tp hear whats going on around me. I would also train myself not to give any response to people whistling , calling or asking me questions. I would walk. Muggers first say " Hi Sorry sir" , you stop then they jump you..
    I would be super vigilant. half the fun of street photography is becoming very observant , knowing who is following you and whats going on around you.
    I would often walk zig zags across streets. Anyone following would have to cross to the side of the road i was on.
    I would NOT take notice of beggars or give donations , that would mean i would have to stop.
    I would also trust my intuition , your spider senses are tingling , dont ignore it , find a safe place. I would head into the closest shop , then go straight up to the owner or security , and tell them you are been followed and may you just rest and collect yourself. The shop owner will do anything for you. Have a drink , buy some food , and wait it out. If muggers are waiting , they will not wait to long and then go look for other prey.
    If you are been followed , do a abrupt 180 degree turn straight towards them if they are close by. They will not be able to cart and follow.
    If you need to rest , find a street seller or even a Church , go in and explore and rest.
    I was once aggressively pushed in the hopes of trying to see what i had of value , I ran into the middle of a very busy road and screamed .. 2 cars stopped , and one gave me a lift away form muggers. The muggers will not expect you to head into traffic..
    If you dont know the town , do a test walk first with no camera or money , walk the area , see the threats , then judge the security threat later.
    Never at night
    Early morning is some of the most peaceful and deserted streets that you will ever experience. Dont forget Muggers dont do very early mornings ,, BUT be vigilant..
    Just work fast , move quickly but with purpose , blend in with locals , and watch ,,
    If i saw a spot i liked and was not able to get photo i wanted , I would come back a short while later , take a shot , move off , and come back next day , and the next. I would map out a city in my head , and have a route that i would follow , usually in reverse .
    I would NOT get myself cornered , Dead end alleyways , bridges , fly overs. If you had to cross a bridge , I would wait for other pedestrians and follow them. Just remember , you just have to run faster than them if you get mugged..
    And wear sunglasses , and look and scan , but kee our whole body relaxed and look like you belong. Half the time they thought i was a local thug , i walked like i owned the streets , and perception is everything


    Shadow Cat ..

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    @Richard said:
    Welcome to Dgrin, Paul

    I enjoyed looking at your gallery. It looks like we have similar tastes--I'm also mainly a street shooter. As a tip, I think you'll get better response here if you post your pics inline, like you did on the third post. People are surprisingly lazy about clicking on links.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work. :+1:

    Cheers,
    -R

    Hi Richard , Really enjoyed your website , Loved the Venice gallery and the People ,, Ohh My word , I could almost smell them , and such decisive candid shots. Very Impressed..

    I have still loads more sorting out to do on my website / Well here is an offer , if you ever come visit Cape Town , I will gladly show you around , I do apologize i would love to offer you accommodation , but my place is tiny.

    Thank you so much once again , and for the great Compliments

    Paul Watson
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Ok , Let me just put this out there . I have two types of photography that I enjoy. Street Photography is my ultimate passion.. There is just something so , I feel alive after a street session. . Maybe it feeds those primal hunting urges , as I become super aware and hunt for that next awesome photo.. I wonder if i am the only one , but I I sometimes walk for 65 or 6 hours , Criss Crossing and trying different times of the day /

    I also like to take students or beginner Street Photographers out , And as much as they learn from me , I learn from them. Its like one can get a feel of their style and then experiment.
    I also make it a almost compulsory thing with new Street Togs , , I ask them very kindly to give me a lesson on their camera , and i give them a lesson with mine.. Its just a great way to see things differently , and it has a way of equalizing us. So they do not feel that i am some superior master dude..

    And my other one is Fetish Bondage leather fine art photography.. Reason I am bring this up is there anyone out there that i can talk to , everything from the legal aspects , to how do you market such photos. Look i dont do tacky , scummy porn. I do not take photos of the genitals , I use shadow or body posture to hide them. . I know its not for everyone , and thats exactly why i have pushed myself into this market. There is a huge gap of photographers who are easy going , respectful and are able to connect with clients and gently lead them through thier fears and show them how powerful and beautiful they are. Street Photography taught me that , approach the subject with respect , damd show the subject in a bold new way , give them confidence and support.

    So if anyone can help me out , or can point me towards the place where all the naughty people hang out.

    I would be most greatful

    Paul Watson
    Cape Town
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,706Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator
    edited July 11, 2018

    @mongoose330 said:
    . I am not sure how you guys keep out of harms way

    Hey Paul,
    Thanks for the strategy tips. I'm less adventurous than you, I suppose, as I don't seek out areas that make me uncomfortable. I have tried it some, but I find that my ability to see a good image is impaired when I have to worry about the possibly bad intentions of other people around me. It's just harder for me to get into the right mental zone. Most of the work I have done in Madrid has been in older parts of town that are frequented by tourists, which means that I'm just another guy taking pictures. That makes it easy to blend in without having to conceal my camera. Of course, I have been yelled at on occasion, but never chased or attacked. So far. Mostly, I worry about pickpockets, who also frequent the same areas, but I have devised strategies for protecting my wallet even if I am distracted by what I'm doing.

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Angelic lighting

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,706Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    Nice composition too.

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins


    I love been able to get some humor into my photos , it can be extremely difficult because allot of our western type humor always stems from someone elses misfortune. So to be able to have a little giggle and not mis represent the person in the photo ,its a rare thing ..

    Here a Baker got locked out his own shop..i caught that moment when he was trying to get his assistant to open the door. If you look in the reflection you can see me taking the photo

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,108Super Moderators moderator

    @mongoose330 said:
    Here a Baker got locked out his own shop..i caught that moment when he was trying to get his assistant to open the door. If you look in the reflection you can see me taking the photo

    This one really speaks to me. I'm glad you were there at the right time!

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 159Registered Users Major grins

    This one really speaks to me. I'm glad you were there at the right time!

    Indeed - could be straight out of a 30s silent movie, I can already hear the piano playing :smiley:

    This is a great one, @mongoose330

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    Trying to find that universal humor that dosnt misrepresent or belittle anyone , harder than you think when doing Street Photography . This strange scene always makes me smile. I saw it , I just managed to change my angle before he turned his world the corect way round.. and that POLE .. well

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    this is one puce many look over the fine details.. look between the legs

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

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    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,706Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    @mongoose330 said:
    this is one puce many look over the fine details.. look between the legs

    I meant to comment on this one, but I guess I forgot. While the idea is good, I think the guy in the background is too small for this to work. In general, if you have to point something out to people it's a sign that something has gone wrong.

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    @Richard said:

    @mongoose330 said:
    this is one puce many look over the fine details.. look between the legs

    I meant to comment on this one, but I guess I forgot. While the idea is good, I think the guy in the background is too small for this to work. In general, if you have to point something out to people it's a sign that something has gone wrong.

    i know you are right , i should allow people to see what they want to see in my photos , and yes , if you have to point it out.. make sure you can make that photo huge..lol

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,290Registered Users Major grins

    Nice stuff... good work

    Rags
  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    One of the things i am pretty good at , is when I get a bit bored with the surface streets , i then start my "open door policy" .. Here is how it works .. I see a door , I try and open it .. If it opens I go inside .. I also enjoy the thrill of walking into Hotels and Office Blocks , I walk with purpose , and always try and get to the top floor. Its a bit of Urban exploring , I never do any harm , or damage . I just like to see how far or where i can get into a building. The photo above is a residential block , I asked the caretaker if i could inspect the WIFI ariels , and well , Guesses who was on the roof of a very tall building and looking over the edge and taking photos.. Look I do not promote trespassing , but fortune favors the bold , ASK , and sometimes you will be extremely surprised by the response.

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • dotozmdotozm Beginner grinner Posts: 20Registered Users Big grins
    My son has a saying, "Act like you belong there and no one will bother you". He says it is one of the best things he learned in Theater while in High School.
  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 164Registered Users Major grins

    classic street

    Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of Fear
    https://paulwatson.smugmug.com/

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,706Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    ^ Nice.

  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,290Registered Users Major grins

    +1

    Rags
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,108Super Moderators moderator

    I like this one!

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