Dublin street scene

Dublin street scene
Nikon N2000, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor
Kodak T-Max 400

I will probably never become a skilled street photographer. I’m okay with that, as I’m choosing to build my skills photographing other things. But sometimes I feel the urge to shoot on a crowded street, as I did here in Dublin. This shot draws me in. I can’t tell whether it’s because it’s good, or whether it’s bad enough that I just can’t look away.

Film Photography

15 thoughts on “

  1. The shot communicates a lot about urban life. What is interesting about it is the contrast between the relaxed crowd of tourists and socializing locals and the young man in a business uniform rushing through the scene while immersed in his own world and oblivious to his immediate surroundings. The foreground blur and the monochrome presentation contribute nicely to a focus on the main idea of the image.

    • I am fixated on the foreground blur. It’s not that the fellow’s motion blurs him – it’s that the in-focus patch is behind him. It bugs me! But I do like the rest of the composition. The imposing building draws the eye. The crowd draws the eye. The hurried fellow provides contrast.

  2. Dan Cluley says:

    I think if he was standing still and out of focus it would look bad. My eye/brain simply interpreted it as motion blur until I read the text and went back for a second look.

    So, my vote is good photo. :)

  3. Strangely, I’m actually drawn in by the fast moving man in front, that and the tack sharp background are what I think makes it work!

  4. Evangelina07 says:

    I actually like the shot. You are better than you realize.
    The more you shoot, the better you will become. Read articles, buy photo books and try to analyze other peoples work. Try to see what they saw and always try to learn from your own pictures. I think you definitely have potential, don’t sell yourself short.

    I am writing a travel photography blog and actually just wrote about Dublin in case you want to have a look.


    Keep shooting!

    • Thank you for the compliment! I’m a software developer by day and so my photography is something I do as I have time. But I do love it. I have not spent enough time looking at and analyzing the work of others, especially the masters. Thanks for the link to your blog – I’ll check it out!

      • Evangelina07 says:

        Sometimes it also helps to look at the postcards being sold in cities. Look at the light they are using, the time of day, the angle they chose.
        You can learn a lot from them.
        Photography is an art you can perfect for a lifetime.

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