Route 66 Summerfest Street Photography
I attended the Route 66 Summerfest in Albuquerque, New Mexico a few days ago. This event is particularly interesting because people from all over Albuquerque gather on one street. Which happens to make a wonderful opportunity for street photography.
My camera whined and begged me to go for days. Eventually I caved in.
Just to give you a little peek into my mind I will let you know that I like photographing strange people. The people that most of society ignores. That is what I am looking for in the streets.
For this particular day I very rarely looked into my eyepiece to frame a shot. I have been practicing learning how to use my knowledge of the focal length of the lens and the position of my camera to frame shots without looking in the eyepiece. I often slant the camera on purpose to give the shots more movement. I am becoming quite fond of this technique. It leaves a bit of mystery and anticipation to see if you captured the shot correctly and often times you captured great shots by mistake. Basically its fun.
As I stroll the streets I try to be very non-conspicuous. Often times I see my subject, shuffle quickly towards them, and casually lift the camera to the right spot and click. Some part of me wants to believe they never knew I took the picture and often times they don't. It is if I have some street photographer's moral code. Yet, none really exist which is the draw to street photography in the first place.
The sun was beginning to set when I got there so I only ended up with about an hour of good light and headed home. I would say it turned out fabulous and worth the trip.
All images by Leo York
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