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Street Photography Addict

I have to say that I’m addicted to street photography. It’s part of my nature. I don’t want to miss a thing. I want to catch everything I can that’s weird and wonderful.

In the photo to the left is a man who looks like he puts some thought into how badly he mismatches the articles of clothing in his outfit.

Quite possibly, though, in his mind he thinks he’s created a potpourri of fashion delights–his bathrobe,  scarf, glasses, bag, pants and shoes are deliciously outside the box of traditional thinking.

I like that.

When I photograph on the street I usually use my Canon 5D with a Tamron 70-300 mm lens. This combination of lens and camera has enabled me to successfully capture quirky street scenes from a distance.

When the auto-focus is on, the wide aperture at which the lens opens (f/2.8) makes the shutter open and close quickly, but it only works only some of the time, when the subject is at least 3 feet away from the camera. When I try to use the auto-focus on objects closer than that, the camera fails to focus because the lens just won’t focus. If I use the manual focus up close the subjects are blurry.

Guess I need a lens with a wider angle when I’m out galavanting in the streets.  Actually, sometimes I do use a different lens, which works better up close, but not as well from far away. That lens–the Canon L Series 24-105 mm f/4 lens–does better for shots closer up because the wide angle of the lens is able to focus because there’s more in the frame for it to find a focus point.

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