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I’m Killing MikeOnTheStreet.com

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

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?

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.

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Getting the Shot: The Evil Eye

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

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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