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MikeOnTheStreet.com is officially on life support.
And I want to pull the plug by February 2017.
But as one door closes, another opens.
I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I’ve learned that the world is full of street photographers looking for a common community.
So I’m gonna build it.
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In the meantime, I’d like to thank you all for your support.
Many of you have been with me from the very beginning, and I truly appreciate all the emails and messages you’ve sent me over the years.
I really hope you’ll stay on, because I think we’re gonna have a lot of fun together.
And if you’re a newcomer interested in joining an all-new street photography community, hop on my email list so I can get in touch:
I used to be semi-obsessed with street portraits.
But I’ve been really shy with my camera.
I just breezed through my Capture One catalog, and until today, I hadn’t shot a street portrait since July 25.
On my last few photo outings, I went out specifically looking for portrait subjects, but I just couldn’t get my nerve up.
Love getting your blog and emails.
I have a question. I want to do street photography but I live in a very small town where everybody knows everybody and it’s really awkward.
Do you have any tips for doing street photography in a place like this?
-David from Louisiana
Thank you for writing in!
Street photography is way easier in a big city like New York, Chicago, or London because it’s more anonymous.
Cameras are everywhere so people just don’t pay much attention to them.
In a small town likes yours, it’s a different story because you see the same people over and over again.
And there’s a good chance those people may not want to be photographed.
There is no simple solution to this.
So if I was in your shoes, I’d actually shift my focus to adocumentary photography.
It’s pretty hard to take a unique picture of a cat.
ESPECIALLY stray cats.
They don’t like strangers.
So it’s hard to get a tight shot of a stray unless you’re using a long lens.
If you’re not using a long lens, it’s awfully hard to get a tight shot of a stray because they run away before you get close.
Here’s an example of a stray I shot with a Canon 100mm macro lens: http://mikeonthestreet.com/2015/04/13/getting-the-shot-black-cat-tongue/
But I think I’ve got a pretty decent one here of this wild stray cat:
My Sony A7 II is a great camera, but it’s a battery hog.
So when I go out and shoot, I always carry 3 batteries to ensure I don’t run out of juice.
And on my recent solo photo trip to London, I carried 5.
However, carrying multiple batteries can create an organizational problem: after I’ve burned through 1 or 2 batteries, I can’t tell my fresh batteries from the old ones.
Out of sheer laziness — or stupidity — I only recently came up with a solution to this problem.
It’s my battery bag: