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    You should dust off your hard drives more often!

    Lovely stuff.
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    This one was taken way up in a remote corner of the Atlas mountains in Morocco. It all happened while my wife and I were visiting the house of a village elder in an ancient Berber community. All of a sudden my iPhone chimmed with a message from Verizon that for $x.xx per day I could connect. Well my reaction was to look at the phone and it was only then that from the surprised expressions on their faces that they had never seen a mobil phone since they had only 3 walls of what should be a 4 wall house (one wall was actually the mountain cliff) and no electricity. As it turned out this was the chance to use the phone's camera. So I took a photo of my wife and passed the phone around for all to see in amazement. Then this young woman sitting next to my wife wanted her photo taken. Well you can imagine after 10 minutes everyone was posing and looking at their own images. Everyone was laughing and in a very good mood. I had not yet taken out my Fuji cameras, but after asking the male elder if I could take his image the entire house was wanting an image taken of them with the Fuji. Why you might ask? It turned out a had a small, portable Fuji printer with me and after printing out the male elders photo for him to keep all the women also wanted their own photo. Soon the entire village was clamoring for an image. I gave out so many small prints that morning after changing to the spare printer battery I ran out of prints after 50 prints. So this woman posed for me in her own way since we could not communicate with her. The black back drop is actually the rock cliff behind her making for the perfect studio and the light behind me came from not having an outer wall to block the natural light. Sorry this got so long.
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    Everyone knows this scene, but it what made me take the image was that I saw a few ladies heading down to the quai dressed like mimes and with this huge square sign. It turned out they were from Miami, FL and posed for me in their own way with the now burned out Notre Dame in the background. Sad to think it no longer looks like this.
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    This one was taken way up in a remote corner of the Atlas mountains in Morocco. It all happened while my wife and I were visiting the house of a village elder in an ancient Berber community. All of a sudden my iPhone chimmed with a message from Verizon that for $x.xx per day I could connect. Well my reaction was to look at the phone and it was only then that from the surprised expressions on their faces that they had never seen a mobil phone since they had only 3 walls of what should be a 4 wall house (one wall was actually the mountain cliff) and no electricity. As it turned out this was the chance to use the phone's camera. So I took a photo of my wife and passed the phone around for all to see in amazement. Then this young woman sitting next to my wife wanted her photo taken. Well you can imagine after 10 minutes everyone was posing and looking at their own images. Everyone was laughing and in a very good mood. I had not yet taken out my Fuji cameras, but after asking the male elder if I could take his image the entire house was wanting an image taken of them with the Fuji. Why you might ask? It turned out a had a small, portable Fuji printer with me and after printing out the male elders photo for him to keep all the women also wanted their own photo. Soon the entire village was clamoring for an image. I gave out so many small prints that morning after changing to the spare printer battery I ran out of prints after 50 prints. So this woman posed for me in her own way since we could not communicate with her. The black back drop is actually the rock cliff behind her making for the perfect studio and the light behind me came from not having an outer wall to block the natural light. Sorry this got so long.
    The story is as good as the portrait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    You should dust off your hard drives more often!

    Lovely stuff.
    Thanks for the kind comments. Trust while cocooned at home this makes it less stressful.

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    ^^ reminded me of this one from 2012, also unposed, also in Paris


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    unposed-came upon this intense looking discussion while walking up the Blvd St Michel
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    unposed in a park behind the Musee du Moyen Age in Paris-she asked to see the image and then approved and off I went.

    I still love the Mégot (the cigarette stub) between her fingers while putting on her makeup. Very dexterous.
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    #10C Berber nomad-Atlas mountains Morocco
    somewhat posed since he stopped what he was doing to take a long look at me with camera aimed at him, but once his eyes moved to the side I snapped this one.
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    This is one of my favorite Paris images as I had just walked through a small hedge row in a park and saw this scene which I had to capture. One shot was all it took. Oblivious to the World.
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    This one was to me a composition that just came together in the VF since just about every shadow and line brought my eye to the main subject. Taken on Hollywood Beach, FL near Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Hotel.
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    This guy was posed during an ICP workshop in NYC years ago. I real likable character. I just let him do his own thing as he knew what to do for me.
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    While in Havana some years go I went to this boxer training facility. The managers were very nice to me as I explained that my best friend in Miami was Cuban and loved boxing so I wanted to take a few images for him. Well that was all I had to say as the Managers told every boxer to give me time and in the process kicked out some other visitors since they complained that I was ruining their images since I was so close to the boxers. I was using a 28mm lens and they were using 70-200 zooms.

    This image is one of many that I like. Perhaps I will dust off some of the other images I like. This one is unposed while I waited for him to cool off from a sparing match and waited for the side glance at his coach who was giving him pointers.
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    This was taken on the Paris Metro. While riding along this lady sat down in front of me and she looked in thought, sad thought. But I liked her hat so I slowly took my camera up and captured this.
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    Early one morning in Havana I was walking around this square and discovered this man reading the morning paper with the nice diagonal shadows coming from the columns behind him. He was social distancing the statues nearby.
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    Lou, I surmise that long before the pandemic, you traveled extensively and had little time to dust and do housecleaning. . Therefore I suspect and hope you have a mound of dust on those hard drives and continue to clean them off for quite some time to come and keep posting some of your very inspiring street photography images. It's the type of photography I was very actively engaged in during my younger days having befriended a few renowned photographers. I was fearless on the streets of NYC (and elsewhere) when it came to capturing people and situations. For a number of reasons, I unfortunately rarely approach that type of photography these days but admire those that do it with a keen eye, especially as it relates not just to subject matter (ie: the individual(s) captured), but also to composition and lighting.

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    what a wonderful and eminent series of street portraits you serve here, Louis. Almost unbelievable.
    By the Chanel-lady (what a face to put up under that hat!..) and the fine-vaporetto-venice-lady too, both super-close-up's, I just wonder how you could get away with putting your camera up in front, being that close, without getting a scared/shy/surprised reaction? (super well done I must say), with a small GR, one perhaps could understand a little of it..but any other/bigger camera?, how do you do...? (I guess leaving inhibitions at home is the first and most important priority)
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    (please state, as far as you remember, the camera-type, when dusting of further on...which you just have to do...have to do....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorkil View Post
    what a wonderful and eminent series of street portraits you serve here, Louis. Almost unbelievable.
    By the Chanel-lady (what a face to put up under that hat!..) and the fine-vaporetto-venice-lady too, both super-close-up's, I just wonder how you could get away with putting your camera up in front, being that close, without getting a scared/shy/surprised reaction? (super well done I must say), with a small GR, one perhaps could understand a little of it..but any other/bigger camera?, how do you do...? (I guess leaving inhibitions at home is the first and most important priority)
    best thorkil
    (please state, as far as you remember, the camera-type, when dusting of further on...which you just have to do...have to do....)
    Actually very good questions.

    Most, if not all images were shot with Leica M or Q and Fuji X-T2 cameras. Early posed shots were captured with a Canon 5D3 and 70-200, such as the cigar box guitarist plus I have one more of an old neighbor who showed me his Perfect Season Super Bowl Ring which I will post soon if I can find it in all the dust.

    The 2 ladies:

    On the Venice vaporetto the lady sat down in front of me right next to the window. She was not looking at me and I pretending to be looking at previous results and aiming my camera slightly off to the right and then when she looked out the window where the daylight lit up one side of her face-Bam I shot it with a Leica Q.

    As for the Paris Metro shot the lady sat down in front of me just like the other one in Venice. Sometimes I wonder if I am a magnet for these women since I am older with gray hair and they might feel comfortable sitting near someone close to their age. In any event I basically wait for the person to look away from me and then raise the camera to my eye but point the camera NOT at them and then quickly capture a shot while they look involved in their own thoughts. I DO NOT chimp at that time. I either get it or not. Shot with a Leica M+35/1.4. That combination was used on the vast majority of my Paris shots although some were taken with the 21/1.4, or APO 50/2.0.

    Also, let me make a comment on shooting strangers. It takes a practiced eye to get people in their own thoughts and also a basic understanding of human nature so one can almost anticipate actions or movements of individuals. Watch peoples expressions, see how they walk, see what they do with their eyes and hands, etc. It's the human expression I am looking for and nothing posed since to me those types of images often look too stiff and unnatural. Sometimes I have taken those types of images where I just liked the subject no matter what they gave me, but generally I try to avoid those types of captures.

    Trust this answers your questions, but remember its not the gear, but my reactions to human conditions and expressions that matter most. I cannot shoot with others and get my best shots since this is a very personal type of shooting techniques that requires quick reflexes and solitude for my concentration.

    There are always exceptions, but what I describe is the vast majority of what I do.
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    Actually very good questions.

    Most, if not all images were shot with Leica M or Q and Fuji X-T2 cameras. Early posed shots were captured with a Canon 5D3 and 70-200, such as the cigar box guitarist plus I have one more of an old neighbor who showed me his Perfect Season Super Bowl Ring which I will post soon if I can find it in all the dust.

    The 2 ladies:

    On the Venice vaporetto the lady sat down in front of me right next to the window. She was not looking at me and I pretending to be looking at previous results and aiming my camera slightly off to the right and then when she looked out the window where the daylight lit up one side of her face-Bam I shot it with a Leica Q.

    As for the Paris Metro shot the lady sat down in front of me just like the other one in Venice. Sometimes I wonder if I am a magnet for these women since I am older with gray hair and they might feel comfortable sitting near someone close to their age. In any event I basically wait for the person to look away from me and then raise the camera to my eye but point the camera NOT at them and then quickly capture a shot while they look involved in their own thoughts. I DO NOT chimp at that time. I either get it or not. Shot with a Leica M+35/1.4. That combination was used on the vast majority of my Paris shots although some were taken with the 21/1.4, or APO 50/2.0.

    Also, let me make a comment on shooting strangers. It takes a practiced eye to get people in their own thoughts and also a basic understanding of human nature so one can almost anticipate actions or movements of individuals. Watch peoples expressions, see how they walk, see what they do with their eyes and hands, etc. It's the human expression I am looking for and nothing posed since to me those types of images often look too stiff and unnatural. Sometimes I have taken those types of images where I just liked the subject no matter what they gave me, but generally I try to avoid those types of captures.

    Trust this answers your questions, but remember its not the gear, but my reactions to human conditions and expressions that matter most. I cannot shoot with others and get my best shots since this is a very personal type of shooting techniques that requires quick reflexes and solitude for my concentration.

    There are always exceptions, but what I describe is the vast majority of what I do.
    Thank you for your answer!
    That was my thought, it had to be the innocent pointing at subject beside/long away, so the person become comfortable and “unhunted”, unnoticed. I’m not familiar with the Q, but the M and the X-T2, but in such situations foremost prefocused, where just looking at an M-lens show you the important distance, so one is by that ahead of the situation, by-wire is a non-visualizing game, so an M would be a perfect tool for that, in my head, unfortunately sold my M-E while it didn’t talk to me like my M6 did, and all the lenses went out too. With my GR I did a lot of close shots, mostly prefocused, but I do not connect that good anymore with my GR, miss a viewfinder. The Z7 is a bit too big for close-up situations, where a XF 18/2 is a state of the art on a X-E3, the wonderful XF16/1.4 might be too big for that, but one should give it a chance, while its just so..and the X-T3 is luckily still kept, while the son “stole” it.
    Yes age is definitely an advantage, very disarming – the wolf has gone, and left is calmness and comfort..
    I know exactly what you mean by feeling the psychological expression from people through ones fingertips, sense it, smell it, so to speak. And the unspoken interaction can be so immense rewarding. But it’s also a challenging game..
    For my part it sometimes is very mood based, one has to be sort of mentally totally at your tip of your toes, willing to risk, willing to put yourself out in the game. Sometimes I can get out, not even getting a single proper “living-alive-shot” in the box, and it often only takes a few minutes to realize, today is not the day, the mood lacks, and better be heading home. But travelling is another thing, one is pre-tensed, pre-prepared, and the tension is often the game-changer, that gives you the kicks you from behind.
    (on the other hand the words from my wife's mother, who was a painter, said, people think it's all about inspiration..but fact is, 95% its all hard work, and 5% inspiration - perhaps not quit right in photography, but there is a wisdom in it)
    By the way, the officer at the bridge is just like an old Hollywood-masterpiece!, a super catch (how lucky is one allowed to be )
    Keep rolling….
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    Staying on the female theme for a few more this one was close to home and taken on Miami Beach, FL. The young girl had just finished a street side shower after coming off the beach and I was watching her in hopes I could get an interesting shot while she was working on drying her hair in the sun.

    To me this image has an almost Hollywood feel to it with the higher key look including her oversized, darkish sunglasses, the tilt of her head and the arms/hands positions.
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    While doing my daily dusting I had completely forgotten about this one.

    So while at the Kafer pavilion at Munich's famous Oktoberfest many years ago, I went down to the toilet since we were up on the balcony and in the sun that day. On my way back upstairs I came upon this jubilant lady and her friends and raised my camera up and one of them said "no photos". I frankly did not think they were of that sound a mind by then so by not wanting to feel like a complete idiot I said to the lady that I was from the Miami Herald newspaper and wanted to capture the mood of Oktoberfest and would it be OK with her if I took their photo (which meant her photo). Well to be on the cover of such an important journal from the US was just too appealing to her so she agreed. Of course to this day I suspect the young man in the top left corner of the image did not believe me based on how he looked at me, but I took it anyway since the Hefeweizenbier in me made me take it.

    I like her out of focus husband on the right side and also her friend in the black hat trying to peak around the ladies head in order to get a glimpse of me-the Miami Herald photographer.
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    This one was taken during a Leica competition during Fotofusion a Palm Beach, FL annual event where many workshops and lectures take place over a one week period where many editors and professional photographers come to offer their opinions and expertise on just about every photographic subject.

    So we had about 2-3 hours to capture and process one image for submission to Leica for the chance to win a Leica camera. It wasn't an M, but free is free.

    So there might have been about 8-10 of us scrambling around the downtown of Palm Beach along Clematis Avenue in order to capture our best image possible.

    Well, I was out of luck until I came around from behind some hedges and found this pretty young lady taking a music break before heading for work nearby. Since we both almost scared each other as I came around the corner of the hedge so I did ask if I could take her image and explained why. She agreed and the rest is history. So I won the camera which my wife immediately claimed since she did not own a Leica camera. Fair enough.
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    Continuing with the colorful Oktoberfest theme, this image was taken in bright sun up on the balcony where we were seated. Again it was so simple since this young lady and her girlfriend sat right in from of me at the long table capable of seating about 10-12 people depending on social distancing desired at the time. So I let her drink half of her maas (for you Germans I know this is not how it is spelled, but how it is pronounced) before asking if I could take her image. I said she had such a beautiful Bavarian looking green hat on it was very Oktoberfest looking. She said yes if I could ask her in German so my wife and sister helped me translate. My wife and sister laughed at me later for flirting with the young woman, but I insisted I was not flirting since I was simply working the scene.
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    we certainly all do believe you Louis, that you not at all had any intention of, or interest in flirting with this absolutely "uninspiring" and "uncharming" young lady... (and a lovely "scene" to work with...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorkil View Post
    we certainly all do believe you Louis, that you not at all had any intention of, or interest in flirting with this absolutely "uninspiring" and "uncharming" young lady... (and a lovely "scene" to work with...)
    How can you doubt me?

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    How can you doubt me?
    ..her convincing and charming approach mirrors your soul..
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    This one takes me back to Paris, probably what used to be my most favorite city to shoot in. So much variation possible in that city.
    So while manually focusing on this waiter he just stared at me without movement and thank gosh no smile. Then the sun suddenly peaked threw a bit and Bam I took the shot. One chance only.
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    Miami, FL near the Panther Cafe (excellent place) in the Wynwood area. This was pretty lucky. While I was shooting this wall and the Picasso like portrait on the wall, I saw her coming in that fantastic looking long black and white dress.

    Getting her stride just right was the challenge so that one could see the breath of the zebra stripped dress while she was in stride. Of course she contrasts well against the intense red painted wall behind her, but I decided to keep the face on the wall behind her in the image.
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    #16 Dusting off the Hard Drives

    This one takes me back to Paris, probably what used to be my most favorite city to shoot in. So much variation possible in that city.
    So while manually focusing on this waiter he just stared at me without movement and thank gosh no smile. Then the sun suddenly peaked threw a bit and Bam I took the shot. One chance only.
    There are intentionally "posed" images (portraits if you will) and unintentionally posed images (like this one posed) and of course capturing decisive moments like the image of the women in the Zebra patterned dress. Each has a story to tell, especially when the environment plays a role in the photographed person's life. This is of course my perspective. Lou you have done a amazing job of describing many of these encounters accompanied by your thought process.

    As for Paris, my photography mentor spent his life split between Paris and NYC for the exact reasons Lou stated, but eventually settled on Paris for the remainder of his senior years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    #16C Dusting off the Hard Drives

    Miami, FL near the Panther Cafe (excellent place) in the Wynwood area. This was pretty lucky. While I was shooting this wall and the Picasso like portrait on the wall, I saw her coming in that fantastic looking long black and white dress.

    Getting her stride just right was the challenge so that one could see the breath of the zebra stripped dress while she was in stride. Of course she contrasts well against the intense red painted wall behind her, but I decided to keep the face on the wall behind her in the image.
    Wait! I get an assist on this shot ...as I saw her coming and alerted you .

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    While out in the countryside near Munich we stopped at this Kloister. I noticed this unique looking gentleman having a conversation with his two friends and just had to capture him in action. I also liked the glass of weizenbier in front of him while the other two were looking and listening to his words at the Stammtisch-regulars table. Single shot.
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    While walking through Innsbruck, Austria we came upon this unique looking band playing music and demonstrating their historical significance with these colorful flag bearers. Just loved the bright colors and unique hats and uniforms.
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    #17 Dusting off the Hard Drives

    While out in the countryside near Munich we stopped at this Kloister. I noticed this unique looking gentleman having a conversation with his two friends and just had to capture him in action. I also liked the glass of weizenbier in front of him while the other two were looking and listening to his words at the Stammtisch-regulars table. Single shot.
    Is that KLOSTER ANDECHS ? ? ? A lovely place , when no social distancing .
    Regards . Jürgen .
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    Is that KLOSTER ANDECHS ? ? ? A lovely place , when no social distancing .
    Correct. Thanks, yes it is a lovely place. How could you tell from this photo?

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    Back to Miami Beach. I was in the Muscle Beach area when I saw this guy moving this huge commercial tire around and could not figure out what he was doing with it. Then he asked his friend to help him get up on top of the tire while in vertical position. Once up there his friend took a cell phone photo of him and so did I. I have been to this location 15-20 times, but have never seen someone do this. I just wish he had put the spray paint writing the correct way around.
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    Way up on the top of the mountain, the Zugspitze, (Germany's highest mountain peak at 9700Ft or 2200M) above Garmisch, Germany I found this nice looking reflection in the glass with a man relaxing with his bier. As one can see it was not winter, but some snow still lingers on the peaks and the mountain top church steeple is visible.
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    Correct. Thanks, yes it is a lovely place. How could you tell from this photo?
    KLOSTER ANDECHS is the most popular BIERGARTEN in the wide Munich area .
    I visit that place about twice a year . Its always big fun and a very good atmosphere . Good beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
    KLOSTER ANDECHS is the most popular BIERGARTEN in the wide Munich area .
    I visit that place about twice a year . Its always big fun and a very good atmosphere . Good beer
    and food .
    OK, I thought you knew from the wall texture behind the men or the men themselves since they looked like regulars.

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    Wonderful images from Lou (algrove). I have nothing to compare, but I do have some from Paris. Jardin du Luxembourg, 1992 and it seems current: not sure what I should do, but something is not right.
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    This was taken while this man was riding his donkey home from the local market. It was on the way to Essaouira from Marrakesh, Morocco.

    As one can see he did not take too kindly to my taking his image, but I couldn't resist.
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    Phase One IQ3100 and a mirror.
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    Phase One IQ3100, draped fabric and some rear projection.

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    Again on the road to Essaouira from Marrakesh, Morocco. This time this man got off his donkey to beg for some change. He looked so pathetic I gave him some coins which I would seldom do. His face actually looks interesting and his hand shows he works hard for a living. I shot this from the car window with little social distancing- perhaps 3 feet.
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    This one is a little strange but I've always liked it. Phase One XF/IQ3100.
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