Street Photography: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

My choice of theme for this week’s challenge is: Street Photography 

Street life fascinates me because it feels like reading flashy excerpts of people’s lives.   I watch them and imagine what they do and what they may be thinking of. I live in Amsterdam, a multicultural city with more than 822,272 inhabitants and over 180 nationalities. It is a melting pot.

If I have an opportunity, I make a street photo every single day.  Today I used my iphone5 to make photos of people going to or from the metro, as well as from those, like me, who were waiting for the tram. By the way, it is inside the tram that I make most of my street portraits.

You have two galleries here. I used exactly the same post processing steps for all photos. Increased clarity and vibrance and made it black and white with noir filter to make a dramatic effect. Tell me what you think. Would rather have it less dramatic?


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30 thoughts on “Street Photography: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

  1. You’ve managed to get a true feeling of life on the streets. Street photography is an intriguing genre. It has so many different sides to it, which is to say it does does have to literally show a street scene. Like your image on the bus. All your images work so well in monochrome. Happy Photo Challenge.

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    1. Thanks Sally, I appreciate your comment. Sometimes waiting for public transport can be very useful and this one gave me a good opportunity for a few shots. I do like shooting in public spaces, either people or just the environment.
      Street photography is such a disputed definition, and as an amateur photographer, I just follow my intuition and think of the photographers who inspired my appreciation of street photography, to learn form them.


  2. ‘ reading flashy excerpts of peoples lives.’ I love that! Any street photography starts a story in my mind. These are so great–I love them in black and white. Nice, Lucile.


  3. I really love the way you’ve processed them, and I think they are just right, they don’t need to be less dramatic. I especially love the one of the two women waiting for the tram (with the you tube sign), that leads the eye right down the street. They’re all great.


  4. The black and white so seems to suit Street Photography! You make it really interesting with the shots and angles you have captured here. I thought for a moment I was looking at a street in Arnhem with those typically Dutch buildings in the large photo, then noticed you said Amsterdam. So agree with loisajay above about each photo starting a story. The large photo could be an opening to a movie!


    1. Street photography asks me always for BW. I find it so more interesting. Also because of the high contrast we can achieve, making the images so more beautiful.
      In fact the houses sometimes seem so similar here, making it difficult to recognize the city.
      I like your idea of using this photo to be an opening to a movie. So, where are the film producers? LOL.
      Thanks, it’s a lovely comment and compliment, and am humbled by that.

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  5. I’m always leery to taking photos of people, not sure if they’ll be offended or not as well as the legality of using the photos (which may only apply if you sell them.) You do this very well, Lucile. I like the two large photos, which both pull me into them with the depth you caught, and in the first one, I love the white dots on the stairs, which give another focal point to the shot.



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