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Topic # 109083 12-Sep-2012 11:31 Send private message

A while back I asked a professional photographer some advice on street photography. Before giving me two cents he laughed and said there's no street photography in Auckland.

What he meant by this is our small metropolitan area, relatively small population base and density makes it difficult to get the kind of street scenes you'd see in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Istanbul, Hong Kong, etc 

I took a look online for any Auckland street photography sites or blogs, I found a couple of discontinued blogs about street fashion in Auckland . It's not exactly what I like to snap when I'm out and about and frankly with my sense of style it would be pretty hypocritical to be writing about what's in and what's not.

I've been taking a few photos with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 and sticking it on a Tumblr ( . It's nothing fancy just me learning the ropes of photography and taking photos on the street. I realise New Zealand is pretty small and landscape photography is a lot easier for some than street photography, but I love being able to tell stories about the city I live in through the people walking on its streets.

If you want to join me on Saturdays when I go for random wanders around town, different flea markets, and events taking photos, or if you have cool photos you want to share - get in touch: [email protected]

Twitter: @simantics Blog: Skype: simantics

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  Reply # 684856 12-Sep-2012 11:42 Send private message

me like it, some great shots n processing

wish i had time

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  Reply # 684858 12-Sep-2012 11:44 Send private message

Time is the new currency, and buddy I'm poor.

I have to force myself to find a couple of hours each week to shoot. It's hard with work and trying to keep a semblance of a social life. I'm hoping having a day set aside with a small group would encourage regular photo taking.

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  Reply # 684859 12-Sep-2012 11:45 Send private message

Some nice shots there :) If I had a decent camera, Id be keen on doing something similar in my area.....

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  Reply # 684902 12-Sep-2012 12:28 Send private message

Good photos, thanks for sharing. I guess it would be harder to find that shot in Auckland but if you keep at it you will find it!

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  Reply # 684910 12-Sep-2012 12:43 Send private message

Have a look at this site for someone who does a daily street (well mainly) photo around Wellington. Wellington Daily Photo

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  Reply # 684916 12-Sep-2012 13:00 Send private message

Those are pretty phat.

Never had the balls to in-yer-face shoot random people myself, in the fear my expensive gear might end up being used as a weapon against me or on the ground smashed :)

So do the next best thing and shoot munted buildings etc (chrsitchurch)

Did do my first impromptu model shoot last weekend though, that was fun.


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  Reply # 686272 15-Sep-2012 00:37 Send private message

Hey, that's really nice work.


Again, really nice work!

The RSS feed looks a bit strange in google reader and probably other readers as well. You might want to take a look at it.

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  Reply # 686278 15-Sep-2012 01:07 Send private message

Remember, if you're in public on public property, security guards and/or police CANT STOP YOU from taking photos!

If security guards try to tell you to stop taking photos, you can tell them to bugger off!

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  Reply # 686333 15-Sep-2012 09:18 Send private message

Hmm ok I'll try fix the RSS problem. I'm thinking of setting up a feedburner feed and letting that look after all this.

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  Reply # 686348 15-Sep-2012 10:25 Send private message

Well done, I'm really enjoying your people shots. I know how hard it is to get this right, it requires a lot of patience and seeing stuff that looks ordinary to others.
I particularly like the patchwork man shot.

You can take street photographs anywhere really. The bigger cities overseas do have a more diverse range of people, but there's much to be photographed here as well.

By the way I found the Wellington daily shots quite boring in comparison (and speaking as a Wellingtonian).

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  Reply # 689714 21-Sep-2012 21:53 Send private message

Some great work there, 'Dear Diary' would be my favourite.

Threads like this are also a good reminder and inspiration that I need to make the time more often to get the camera out and get creative.

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  Reply # 689762 22-Sep-2012 05:40 Send private message


I do street photography here in the UK. I don't live in London, but where ever you go there is always something to shoot. Sometimes you have to find it, other times it's right in front of you. I'm sure there is plenty happening in central Auckland, Lunchtimes is always good. 
Eric Kim has a great website on street photography

Some of my shots. Here and Here

also on 500px/wmoore.

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