Monday, October 1, 2012

Street Candids 4 - Japan

Most of you already know that I really like taking candid photos of folks on the street.  Several people have asked in their comments how I feel about others doing the same to me. I'm a fairly unremarkable looking guy and people normally wouldn't think to take my photo.  Unless...


They saw a large white guy standing on a wall, taking their photo. 

Shootout at the OK corral... This one is pretty washed out, but I had to shoot from the hip to photograph him photographing me.

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45 comments:

  1. love these candid were people and not aware and you catch them just being their self

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  2. Ha! Turnabout's fair play in this, I guess- gave them something to talk about, didn't it?

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  3. haha..the second one is quite entertaining.

    It's fun to do candid shots, as I hate posing photos!

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  4. These are great photos.
    Hope you smiled and waved after having your photo taken

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  5. Only fair they take your photo in return!

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  6. A real life shoot out at the camera coral. Cool.

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  7. Great shots, as always. Their reaction to you is priceless.

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  8. Oh, yes, I'm with Sharon, great real life shoot out at the camera corral indeed!! I love it! Fun captures for the day, Pat!!

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  9. LOL you are so creative in your posts!
    I would love to take a picture of you, and the title post would be "behind the scenes", you and your camera in action! :)
    Great pictures, the first one is amazing indeed!
    hugs
    Léia

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  10. Nice "catches" I like the b&w photo from Japan.

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  11. Yes, that is a great double shot!

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  12. Just catching up on your candid photo posts, Pat... some great ones :-) I like the photographers trying to capture you and themselves becoming photographed. Wonder if they have the reverse photo of you on their blogs somewhere....

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  13. Hahaha! Hilarious!!! How did you get the photo?

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  14. Fabulous, when I was in Japan 20 yrs back it was like being a pop star as everyone looked at you and smiled etc.

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  15. Love the pics! My mum is in Japan right now too!

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  16. cool that they didn't seem to mind and were just as happy to get your pic, too :)

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  17. The only way my photo gets taken is if I don't know about it. I hate being photographed!

    These are great!

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  18. You know what they say, Pat...What goes around, comes around. :)
    Rosemary

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  19. That first picture is awesome, Pat. So much going on and perfect in black and white. Your candid shots very good...give us more!

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  20. It appears they are not used to seeing a large white guy with a camera Ha Ha

    Nice shots Pat

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  21. haha, I love the idea of a shoot-out

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  22. It's an endless loop..... Taking a picture of him taking a picture of me ..

    That Japan street scene is quite amazing (and think of all the people in that Citiy who have you in a photo file on their computer ;>)

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  23. I don't mind people taking photos of me, because I do the same to them (when unnoticeable).

    As every photographer do to get the best angle!

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  24. hi pat, love candid photography
    love your photos!

    have a great day!

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  25. A bit of "tit for tat" here.
    I do feel reluctant to take pictures of people. Sometime I try to make sure they are not identifiable or ask. There are times though when the shot is just too good to pass up.

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  26. Lol. That is hilarious. I don't think I would care if someone was taking my picture. But they'd only get a true candid shot if I didn't know about it, otherwise it would be a fake candid shot with all of the prepping I would do. :)

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  27. HA HA ---I'm just the opposite... I love to ZAP people OUT of my photos when we are traveling and I am taking scenic pictures... Love that program that ZAPS things out!!!!!!
    Betsy

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  28. I like candid photos but I normally feel quite embarrased to take them because of people notice I photograph them. Greetings.

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  29. my buddy Reg and i will frequently each take a picture of the other one, while they're distracted by taking a picture. on rare occasions, it turns into a shoot, as seen here, where we're aiming at each other. i kinda want to go around town sometime, now, and just take a picture of each person i see taking a picture. ^_^

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  30. Fun photos. I definitely felt like I stood out when I visited South Korea.

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  31. That first shot in particular is fantastic!! Love B&W

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  32. Hi there and thanks (once again) for the multiple comments.

    Japan seems to have a habit of turning things back on to you - I only spent a couple of weeks there, but almost every time I too more than 10 seconds to take a picture, people would take pictures of me as well!

    The map image really made me stop and think - the ghosts of a war that ended in 1918 are still present in those villages, even if the physical people have long gone. The two world wars shaped my parents, and hence me. I wonder when the ripples will stop?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  33. I hope he didn't steal your soul, when he snapped that pic. You feel OK?

    Great series Pat!

    J

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  34. lol I love the photography shootout. Fabulous photos.

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  35. love these shots Pat, the black and white is refleshing to see ...you do have a lot of shots!! and have been to a lot of places ...I probably met you in your VW in the 60's on Long Beach!

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  36. Too funny, Pat. You really stopped street traffic in that first one.

    PS Thanks for the love and support.
    xoRobyn

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  37. Só você mesmo!!!

    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!

    °º✿♫
    °º✿Beijinhos do Brasil.
    º° ✿♥ ♫° ·.

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  38. LOL! These are great! Love that second one!

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  39. becca - I agree! It sucks when I'm just about to snap a shot of someone and they notice me. It changes everything...

    Shelly - It sure did! I felt like a gunslinger in the second one.

    Icy BC - Yep, pretty funny for sure. My family always wants me to take photos at family events and I always refuse because I also hate taking posed photos.

    Mynx - Thanks Mynx! I did! After the second photo, the me and the other guy bowed to each other!

    M.D. - I'm not as fast as I used to be, but I still got the drop on him!

    Alex - I guess it's fair! I'd rather they not even know I was there. Kind of hit and run...

    Sharon - It sure was! I think I had better range though...

    Budd - Thanks Budd! At one point there was probably 5 to 10 people with their cameras pointed at me.

    Sylvia - Thanks Sylvia! I think we are going to be at that same street fair next week, I hope to get some more good shots.

    Costas - Thanks so much Costas!

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  40. Leia - Thanks so much! I don't think I would be a very interesting subject! thanks again Leia!

    TexWisGirl - Thanks!

    sage - Thanks! I have plenty more from Japan to post soon.

    Brian - Thanks Brian!

    Nat - Thanks Nat! I'd really be interested in seeing one of those photos of me.

    Kato - I climbed up and was standing on a wall. Crazy, huh?

    Chrissy - thanks so much! Most of them love Americans and I had the same feeling every time I've been there. Some of the old men, don't seem to share that feeling though...

    Clarissa - Thanks Clarissa! I wish I was there also. I hope she has a good time.

    PTM - I don't want to go to jail, so I guess I'll have to draw the line there...

    mshatch - So many Japanese have cameras with them all the time. They look like tourists in their own neighborhoods. There is SO MUCH to photograph there.

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  41. Dueling cameras.

    Love it.

    And the stance.

    Oh, ya gotta have that stanc to take a picture back!

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