Cork Street Photography June Photowalk

Cork Street Photography June Photowalk

Some photos I took in Cork City yesterday as part of the June Photowalk with Cork Street Photography “in the Style of Garry Winogrand”.

I only used a wide angle lens all day, and in processing I mostly avoided cropping the photos, although I did use the lens correction tool in Lightroom that straightens photos and crops a small portion of the image. Only two images have been cropped extensively, the one above in the bus, and the one of the woman sitting on a block smoking a cigarette.

I hardly ever composed a shot by eye, preferring to shoot from the hip, or in landscape mode from about shoulder height. I messed up framing when at 28mm, but at 17mm got more shots than I missed. Back button focus worked fairly well. I’d focus on the ground in front of me. A couple of shots were blurry but I was too far from the subject anyway, so no loss.

I used to shoot lots of wide angle street photos, and this got me back into it and reminded me of how hard it is!



Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/160s
San Francisco, 2007

Shoot … in the Style of Garry Winogrand

Tomorrow I’ll be braving the streets with Cork Streetphotography taking photos in the style of Garry Winogrand.

I’d never heard of Garry but a quick Google brought me plenty of digest. First this documentary, filmed in 1982, that showed his technique and friendly nature:

Then I came across this excellent blog post about the man. To summarise his technique:

  • Shoot, shoot, shoot.
  • Garry Winogrand shot with a 28mm lens. That’s fairly wide, so he was always in the thick of the action. No telephoto lens allowed.
  • He would frame his shot by looking through the viewfinder, so no shooting from the hip.

You can see in the video above how he fiddles with his camera to distract the people around him. That’s not a bad idea, especially when you have a wide lens!

Camden Wharf, Cork

The tips from that post, which I urge you to read:

  • Shoot, a lot
  • Don’t hesitate and follow your gut
  • Smile when shooting on the streets
  • Don’t shoot from the hip
  • Don’t crop
  • Emotionally detach yourself from your photographs
  • Look at great photographs
  • Focus on form and content
  • Become inspired by things outside of photography
  • Love life

Camden Quay, Cork

I’ll be only using my wide angle (17-40mm) lens so I won’t be tempted to zoom in too much. Tomorrow will be challenging.

The photos in this post are mine, just in case you’re not familiar with Cork. I shot the first photo in San Francisco in 2007. You can find many images by Garry Winogrand on Google Images.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s