Twinkle Toes

Photographer at St.Marc's Square

Sometimes you have to be a bit quick on your toes when you’re shooting Street, so imagine how quick I had to be to capture this young chap who was bobbing up and down and weaving about like a Jack Rabbit on roller skates, a fellow street photographer who was revelling in the opportunity as I was to capture those fleeting moments in the very busy and popular Piazza San Marco in Venice recently.


23 thoughts on “Twinkle Toes

    1. Because you have to dance around on tip-toes to get a good shot when shooting in crowds, also to keep up with your mark, uh… I mean subject…


  1. If I were into street snaptography myself I’d use a powerful zoom and pick ’em off as candids from a distance. I only did it the once and felt like an intruderβ€”I went back to mushrooms. Nice snap, I like the lean on it too; squared off it wouldn’t have the same punch.


    1. I’ve become braver as I have explored street snaptography (like the term). My camera is completely silent, and shot from the hip, quite literally, most targets… uh… marks… uh, I mean subjects are none the wiser. Obviously no shot when snapped this way will ever be aligned with anything but wonkiness, but it adds dynamism, and dare I say edge. A happy bonus. On the odd occasion you get a curious soul who finds themselves wondering what you’re doing with your camera, and they inadvertently look straight at the lens. Those are the shots I live for, because then the shot attains that magical essence of serendipity. It’s making me all gooey with excitement inside just thinking about it. Thing is, such shots are rare because you rely on lady luck (as much as I don’t believe in such things, but something is worth invoking here in emphasising my point as to how infrequent such occurrences are).So, the chase ever continues and the thrill of street snaptography duely sparked.
      My wrists couldn’t take the weight of a big zoom anyway… so there is that to consider too.


      1. Good points~!

        Some of the cameras these days have revolvable viewfinder screens on the back that can be flipped out, tilted, trained & elevated etc; and some of the mechanical/electronic zooms are quite incredible. I believe Canon have a fifty times zoom that is entirely usable (not pixellated).

        I imagine that before long the cameras will have a coffee function too …


        1. That would be handy, I’d be in my element then if my camera had a coffee function. My little Canon point and shoot had a good zoom on it. My current camera, even though one of the best on the market right now next to a Leica, does not have a zoom. Like an old fashioned mechanical camera, such things have to be purchased separately and attached manually. However, with 16 mpx, and a very high quality sensor post shot cropping is not really an issue, indeed to a very small fraction of the photo I might add. It never fails to impress me.
          I did have a think about what you said the other day about watermarks, and you may have noticed that I am now back to posting shots without. I too find them irksome and spoiling.


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