Shooting from the Hip.
I was able to spend a little time wandering the streets of London with the Fuji X100V today. I decided to try my hand at shooting from the hip. A technique where you would snap images of people in the street from the hip, this gives no real opportunity to compose the image in anyway and gives a lot to chance. This technique obviously gave a very random perspective on all the images I captured, but it was quite fun to do and interesting to edit the images in post to try and make the most of the strange compositions that I captured. The shot below was cropped just to show the girls legs snd hand holding her coffee as in the image I captured her face wasn't in the frame.
As the day progressed I starting to see a distinct theme developing in the majority of the images I was capturing, this was people busy on their mobile phones, they were standing to the side of the street looking at the screens or even continuing to walk along the pavement with their heads down. It shows how important people's mobile phones have become in their lives. They are a constant distraction. This theme was intentional it was was developing over the course of the day. This image below the composition isn't too bad considering it was just randomly captured.
Almost all the images had a crooked format as I wasn't holding the camera straight. Although I like the resulting image below, I can't help thinking that composing the image through the viewfinder ofr screen could have resulted in a more pleasing image of the couple. Again distracted by the information on the screens of their devices.
Not every image from the day was shot from the hip, and not all had the person looking at their phones. The shot below was on of the very few that wasn't. It show an elderly man defended the stairs to the London Underground. This could even have been my favourite image from the day as I like the symmetry, which is helpedl by cropping the image almost square.
It was fun being out in the streets again, it has been a little while since I have had the opportunity and the walk was made moire interesting by trying out an interesting technique. Although I think I deleted more images than I kept due to people only being partially in the frame, not in the frame at all or not in focus. Even so, great day out with the camera and looking forward to the next opportunity.,