Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Cafe by burningmonk Cafe by burningmonk
Aoyama
Add a Comment:
 
:icona-r-v:
a-r-v Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always find taking photos of people behind glass sitting in a cafe difficult, almost as though as soon as I stop, turn and point I am naked and they'll turn their heads and burn me with their eyes.
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Some people do that to me as well. I find that if I linger around the corner for a while and photograph other stuff, then my presence becomes less obtrusive. By being there for a while I become a regular fixture like anything else on the street. People ignore me. Then I do my thing. Blend in by belonging there. :D
Reply
:icona-r-v:
a-r-v Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even when trying to walk slowly my legs walk quickly, always in a rush to take me somewhere where I don't them to. Force of habit of always walking fast to cover as much of the large area. I stare downwards at the screen, never bring the camera to my eye, so it should look like I'm just toggling settings.

If I sit down and people are walking past, they can see my taking photos, but my reckoning is; i was here first and you're walking in my shot. Yesterday i walked past a barbers, took a quick photo, stopped, took a deep breathe, walked back, aimed, a few seconds felt like minutes, and they all stared and I ran away...no they didn't, they didn't notice. It helps seeing other people with mammoth cameras who look like photographers, then I make sure to photo them and want them to notice.

I take hip shots with the compact camera by my side walking past people, a very observant homeless man (all people sat/stood watching things past by catch me) who was too threatening to take a photo of but i was too stupid to care called my back after the second time I walked past...but just because the camera is by my side sat vertically doesn't mean i take a photo...
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
That's the trouble with 'sneaky' things like hip shorts. I use them too at times, but I find just being direct about it is better. Then just smile and be friendly. Tell them you think they look really cool and if you feel they are safe then offer to show them the photo. If people get angry, apologize and walk away. I doubt most average people will pick a fight over photos. :D
Reply
:icona-r-v:
a-r-v Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'I doubt most average people will pick a fight over photos'

well now that you say that...i failed to realise that my panasonics have a red light that blinks in darkness that i ought to have taped up..the 3 rules are supposed to be; no one sat down who is observing, no one who looks threatening, and maybe don't look in their direction. But when you've lost a few photos from a dead battery just moments ago and think, sod it..

'who do you work for?'

I sometimes wonder if other people can't fathom why anyone would want to take their photo, like it seems more voyeuristic that documenting, especially if you happen to take photos of almost anything. I think that's the thing, like a disconnect between you doing arty things and the person just being. Even an old gorilla at a zoo once gave me a death stare that he deliberately hung as he walked past, it was chilling.

I think people are maybe more cautious and wary about cameras nowadays, in terms of how photos can be used against them. Some people are already paranoid they're being watched and have an inflated sense of their importance, that they think a photo can damage them. I've been thinking about carrying a photo with me to show anyone of the final edits.
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Photographer
I think you're right about people's perception of photos, particularly in western countries. It's definitely a cultural thing too, because when I was in Cambodia people were very happy, almost eager, to pose in photos. It made them feel special. The paranoia in western cultural must arise from the media that has been produced: books such as 1984, or all that stuff we hear about the NSA watching us. I also think there must be something a bit deeper than that. There is a general selfishness in how people go about their privacy. They see their own faces and outward appearance as belonging to themselves. It's almost as if they would charge you a royalty for just looking at them if they could. :D

Anyway, the solution is to always smile, and don't hesitate to engage them in positive terms. I that simple compliments do wonders to break the tension. Nothing breaks the ice better than 'I really like your hat!' :D
Reply
:icongetcarter:
getcarter Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
great shot, :clap::thumbsup:
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
Reply
:iconjadified:
Jadified Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Who farted?
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hahahaha. :D
Reply
:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Photographer
Awesome image! And again, those typical lights and colours... I seem to be recognising your images because of their very own interpretation of the scene... Great quality!
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D I try really hard to have a unique look and style. :D
Reply
:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Photographer
And you are definitely succeeding there! :D
Reply
:iconviewfinder800:
ViewFinder800 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Somehow it has a feel of a modern Nighthawks (Hopper)
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Everyone keeps telling me that! :D Thank you! :D
Reply
:iconvermontster:
Vermontster Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Another great one! :clap:
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
Reply
:iconmariomencacci:
mariomencacci Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
A cold light for the outdoor, an a warm light inside. And so the colours. Nice!
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
The arrangement of 'actors' caught my eye, but the colors made it stay. :D
Reply
:iconj3winter:
j3winter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree with you both. this is great, the moods seem to match the colors too. very eye catching.
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
Reply
:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everybody's waiting for someone. :eager:
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Story of humanity! :D
Reply
:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, exactly! :highfive:
Reply
:iconovfireonthevoid:
OvFireontheVoid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
Reply
:iconaa3d:
AA3D Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i love the colors in this 1 :)
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!! :D
Reply
:iconrelhom:
relhom Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce:
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
Reply
:iconwatchmypencilplay:
watchmypencilplay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
your pictures reminds me so close to Nighthawks made by Edward Hopper. I like it!
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
I've heard that before from someone else. I find that a lot of Tokyo has that Nighthawks feel. I guess it might be something that inspired me subconsciously. :D
Reply
:iconchelseawzx:
ChelseaWzx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love the color contrast of the lights.
Reply
:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
The blue and yellow work so well, especially with that vending machine. This caught my attention as well. :D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download JPG 1280 × 852




Details

Submitted on
October 16, 2013
Image Size
780 KB
Resolution
1280×852
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
2,796
Favourites
127 (who?)
Comments
34
Downloads
26

Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Aperture
F/2.0
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
3200
Date Taken
Sep 20, 2013, 6:07:09 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
×