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I’m Killing MikeOnTheStreet.com

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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.

Wanna help me out?

If so, please click this link and fill out a brief survey:

https://goo.gl/forms/7IhQmNo8W2lqhftd2

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:

It’s Been 4 Months Since My Last Street Portrait…

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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.

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Q&A: Can You Do Street Photography in a Small Town?

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Hey Mike,

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

Hi David,

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.

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Getting the Shot: The Evil Eye

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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:

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My Latest Piece of Vital Gear: The Battery Baggie

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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:

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