Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Challenge - Street Scenes

Challenge Topic: Street Scenes

Posting Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Now that we’ve been honing some basic photography skills, it’s time to hit the streets! I’m talking about street photography, where you record candid moments of everyday life in an urban environment. The goal is to capture a story or define a mood in a street scene. Those photographers who have a photojournalistic bent enjoy this specialty. For those of us who are introverts (hand raised here!), this assignment will get us out of our comfort zone. But if you can’t bring yourself to take photos of strangers, then adopt another approach, such as photographing dogs, traffic, storefronts, etc.

What if you don’t live in an urban environment or can’t get to one before the challenge date? In that case, practice the art of street photography in a local setting that is convenient, such as your neighborhood, a local park, shopping complex, craft fair, etc.

If your goal is to photograph people, please be courteous and avoid conflicts. And if you want to be less obtrusive, use a small camera! It’s better to go out on this type of photo shoot with someone else, rather than alone. 

Your photographic response time can be taxed because scenes can change in an instant. So your camera settings need to be chosen well in advance. You may barely have time to focus on the subject matter. Observation skills are paramount. Light, shadows, and reflections can be used to your advantage. Consider presenting your images a black and white format, instead of color, to emphasize a photojournalistic style.

Prepare one to four of your own photographic images that portray street scenes. You may use photos from your personal inventory or take new ones for this challenge. It’s your choice. Please include any information or tips that may be of assistance to other participants (e.g., how you took the images, post-processing details, camera settings, what you learned). If you have more than one blog, please present your challenge photos on only one of them.

The linkup tool will be available the day before the challenge date (February 7) and a couple days thereafter. Don’t forget to set up a calendar reminder for yourself!


  1. This will be a fun challenge for February, Donna. I already have some street scenes in my archives but will try to get out and get something new too. Thanks!!

  2. I'm so excited about this challenge Donna - hard to choose though as I love 'street photography' - especially taking these types of pics when traveling of course!

    Looking at the challenging list for the next few months I was mulling over ideas for additional future subjects too............perhaps you might consider adding 'Children', 'Women', 'Men', 'The Four Seasons', 'Birds and Bugs', 'Wild Animals' or any kind of animals!

    Off to find some street scenes in my archive now.
    Thick fog this morning, great for murky photos but it's too snug to leave the house and venture out. I'm afraid I'm getting lazy - it's the January doldrums!
    Hugs - Mary

  3. Crikey, Mate! Sounds dangerous! LOL!

  4. YES Donna it was lurking in my head - S O M E W H E R E!!!!
    I must have a photo or two but then again it would be fun to get out and capture a few today as well!!
    Thank you for reminding us.
    Shane x

  5. Thank you for hosting a fun challenge this month, Donna!

  6. Morning! My post is hanging together on a string of excuses. Be kind! ☺ But, then, you always are!

  7. What a great idea for a challenge. Had fun looking back through my pictures...have a great week end and thanks for hosting this fun party!

  8. Well. I did it. But I wish I were braver.

  9. Thank you for hosting my first "street photography". :)
    Have a nice weekend!

  10. Thanks again Donna; appreciate the effort you put into the background info for us. Very helpful. Enjoyed seeing everyones' contributions.