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1.8 - "Needs Work" 

After Scrooge-McDucking into a large bottle of red wine in a Paris cafe, I thought about my favorite street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and his interesting techniques like "sub-framing". I wanted to see what I could do with the geometry of the environment around me to isolate people casually walking by in their everyday life...not aware that I was creeping...and a bit tipsy.

Photographed on a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 at f/2. I kept the camera on the table and used the flip-out screen to "shoot-from-the-hip" in an effort to keep a low-profile.

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It's too sneaky a pic...what's it trying to say?

Well, I think this is possibly the one genre of photography where there doesn't have to be a clear-cut story.

This genre isn't my forte, but I think street-photography is about a lot of little things. To be vague: it's simply about capturing something interesting...maybe it's isolating a person in a composition, maybe it's an Cartier-Bresson, maybe it's all about capturing someone in "The Decisive Moment" in a beautiful geometrical way or if you're like Saul Leiter it's primarily about finding moments happening within certain color relationships (at least that's my interpretation of his work). For example, this is one of Leiter's most famous photographs as a street-photographer that isn't "trying to say anything" clearly, it's more just something he found to be interesting: