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Sometimes the presence of another subject in the background makes the picture more interesting. The image of bus in the background  makes the picture more lively. The focus remains on the man on the bicycle though and the background is blurred.

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Man on bicycle

Butcher at work

It is always interesting to capture pictures of people at work /in action, when they are not aware that their picture is being taken which gives picture the real feeling. The best part about street photography is that you cannot anticipate and you have to constantly watching to get a prized picture.

As a street photographer, the key is to be invisible and blend with the place. But, being invisible is easily said than done. Here are few guidelines or tips on being invisible:

  1. Looking beyond your subject : Give your subject the impression that you are looking something beyond / near them. This also helps in getting idea of the background which is equally important. When you capture the image from viewfinder you can focus on the subject and take the picture.
  2. Blend with the place: Spend some time at the place so that people around you become used to your presence.
  3. Do not intimidate your subject by carrying a heavy camera equipment. A simple prime lens should be good enough.
  4. Fast shutter speed for moving subjects: If your subject is moving, it is better to take picture with fast shutter speed to avoid blurry picture as you do not get many second chances to capture a good picture.
  5. Wait and watch approach : Another idea is to simply sit on a street and wait for opportunities as
  6. Finally, a smile goes a big way to make people around you more open.

In the end, I will like to reproduce few pictures taken by me in the past which demonstrate what I mentioned above.

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Street photography : being invisible is the key

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Farmer at work in the paddy field, Khanapur village near Hyderabad

Farmer at work in the paddy field

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An old village house with a beautiful door and a vintage bajaj scooter which ruled the Indian roads between 1976 and 2006

Vintage has it’s own charm

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Interesting long faces

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A devotee offering prayers at Sri Ramchandra swamy temple, Ammapalli  near Hyderabad

Devotee offering prayers

A devotee at Khajurao temple

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Old man in the street