I was deleting photos on my iPhone and came across this ‘street photography’ image that I took during the Olympics at Hyde Park. It’s a photo that I like, and one that in terms of quality could match some of the smaller compact cameras that are about.
It also reminded me of just how much easier it was as a London professional photographer to take photographs on the streets of London, even in places not associated with the Olympics. People just seemed more at ease and friendly to people taking photographs and them being within the frame, and this was even if the photographer was using a more professional DSLR camera with a big zoom lens.
When shooting street photography I use a Leica M9 with a 35mm lens. It’s a small discreet rangefinder camera, and as often as not, no one says anything or notices me, (a big plus for using a Leica). If anyone is going to comment, they’ll say something to the effect ” that an old camera you’re using”. I’ve had more people stop me taking photos with my iPhone then with my Leica, and this is because I’m holding the phone at arms length looking at the screen to frame and shoot – not very discreet.
So I guess the next thing for Apple is to produce a viewfinder for their iPhone. No, please don’t.