We recently had a holiday in the north of Scotland. There was not a great deal of street opportunities. But there was plenty of time and space to rediscover the joy of landscape photography. 

I sometimes read about street photographers who don’t want to be restricted by the genre. And they’ve got a point. Any photography is good for developing your eye and technique. 

Holiday Snaps

We were in the Western Isles recently on holiday. It’s clearly not the street photography centre of the universe but there are some great opportunities for capturing people on holiday. The image above is of people watching planes land on the Beach at Barra airport. It was amazing to see planes landing on the sand and the sight attracts a crowd.  
The cattle shows and Highland games across the Outer Hebrides also provide great chances for photographing people. However having missed these events, most of the photos I took were landscapes. Eg the image below of Castlebay, Barra.

It was actually a nice change to shoot scenery. I suppose ultimately it doesn’t really matter what label you put on an image. The principles are all pretty much the same; lighting, composition and timing. Here’s another couple of favourites. 

Fear and Proximity 

This is a friend of mine. She didn’t notice me as I arrived at her bus stop and I already had my camera so I thought I’d get a candid shot. 

I got in closer than normal, without sticking the lens right in her face. I also shot with the sigma 30mm f2.8 instead of my usual Pany 20mm f1.7. I prefer the framing of the 30mm and the ability to stand further back, but I often feel that it’s not wide enough for classic street photography.  

But the main reason I got in close it that I wasn’t afraid of the reaction I’d get. I knew if my subject noticed me she would be pleased not irritated.  It makes me wonder what type of shots I’d get if I overcame a fear of negative responses.