Friday, February 7, 2014

Street Photography

Birders on pier on the Hamilton side of the Burlington Canal

This pier, which juts out into Lake Ontario,  is not really a street, but definitely an area with plenty of foot traffic.  Birders love the canal on the left as it's a favourite wintering spot for various ducks.

Photographers and kids

I confess that I didn't use my DSLR for this project but chose to use my much smaller - some might suggest "sneakier" - point and shoot that has a zoom lens that reaches  distances much further than most people suspect.

At the end of the pier

I am linking to A Personal Photo Challenge HERE

41 comments:

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That last picture...all I can think of is how much $$$ Camo Man has tied up in all that gear. Nicely done.

TexWisGirl said...

lovin' the guy in camo and the dancing kid. :)

Revrunner said...

Looks like he's shooting with a cannon. :-)

Gerald (SK14) said...

that's serious camouflage at the end of the pier but he'd be better off in a snow suit.

Jo said...

wow! what a get up camo man has! So interesting to see your part of canada, it is so different from the west coast ... beautiful!

Jo said...

wow! what a get up camo man has! So interesting to see your part of canada, it is so different from the west coast ... beautiful!

Rose said...

I need to get a good little stealth camera! Just hard to choose...I want one that is better than the P&S we currently have...you snap a pic and it takes forever for it to complete the shot.

Carole M. said...

fabulous photos; interesting observations.

VioletSky said...

I've seen "camo man" around several times!

Buttons said...

WOW there are some very serious photographers out there:) Hug B

William Kendall said...

The pier looks like an impressive vantage point. I've never been out there.

LONDONLULU said...

Heehee, definitely sneakier than the fellow in the last photo! Look at that lens! I love the way the pier stretches out into the skies and water...

Jeanne said...

The guy in the third shot doesn't want anyone to see him but I think the camera gives him away! Excellent shots!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It seems the pier is a great place for street scenes too!
It would break my neck carrying Camo man's gear!

Pamela Gordon said...

I like these 'street' scenes on the pier. A great spot to watch people and birds. How do people carry those big lenses around? I find my lens is heavy enough for my arthritic thumb joints. Great shots CG.

Indrani said...

Wow! That is thrilling!

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Randy said...

Wow I have lens envy after looking at that third shot.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The guy in the last shot has a very impressive camera/lens setup.

Stuart said...

Can you really shoot with a lens that long without a tripod !?

Jette Hollesen said...

Hello cameragirl

Lovely, long lines. Superphotos.

Nice weekend to you.
JetteMajken

cieldequimper said...

Paparazza! :-)

Could you perhaps send some blue sky across the ocean?

llandudnopictures said...

I'd keep away from the edge though!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Splendid pictures of shooting lens men !

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

If I could whistle...would you look at that last shot..the camera...I want one of those! LOL
Great shots!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Can't really see what lens the guy has but I would think you'd be talking around $10,000 or so for a lens like that. Bigger and more expensive ones are available!

Giga said...

To musi być świetne miejsce do robienia zdjęć, jeśli z takim sprzętem fotografowie przychodzą. Pozdrawiam.
It must be a great place to take pictures, if such equipment photographers come. Yours.

Sandra said...

you fit right in since there were many photographers out there... i want the camera lens the camouflage guy has.
i always feel uncomfortable aiming my camera at people, that is why you rarely see them on my blog....

Donna said...

This is a great collection of shots! A pier offers a great opportunity for people watching and telling stories with your photos. And most photographers can't grumble too loudly about their photos being taken since they are taking photos, LOL. I really like the composition perspective of each of these because of the strong diagonal lines. And the snow offers a nice contrast with the sky and water.

It looks like there are several bird photographers there, and if they are serious about that specialty, they generally use a 400mm lens at a minimum. On the last photo, I can see one fellow in the background that has an even bigger lens than the one in the foreground. It is really difficult to hand hold these monsters without significant camera shake, so they are best used on a tripod. Unfortunately, it is difficult to track a bird's flight with a tripod set up.

You were smart to use your point and shoot in this case because it is much easier to be discreet!

Lowell said...

Lots of bundled up photogs out on that beautiful pier. I was amazed that their are no railings. All of our piers have railings. Sure wouldn't want to fall into that water!

Small City Scenes said...

Wowee look at all those cameras specially the last guy. I'd love to have one with such a lens but then again I wouldn't want to be too encumbered.
People watching--good idea EG. MB

Vee said...

Wonderful location! I think it has to be easier with so many other cameras out and being used! That might help me jump on board, too.

Patrica said...

Lots of camo out on the pier and there you were hiding in plain sight. The last shot tells the story for sure and most of the commentators agree, well done.

Rebecca said...

Wow, what a get-up that last guys has!

Stephanie said...

Great shots! That guys lens is huge!

Nancy Vance said...

These photos are take me to a different world! Being landlocked in the mountains of Virginia, photos of vast expanses of water are my ticket to a mini vacation at my computer. Nice job photographing an unusual "street scene" where so many other folks are taking photos, too!

Mary said...

I've enjoyed your pics of an unusual place - the snow cover makes it very different and I spy some cute ducks! The guys with the monster lenses I don't envy…….very hard to control. I was almost knocked out of a Zodiac boat on an expedition to The Kimberly in Western Australia when a fellow traveler turn abruptly with such a lens……….all to capture a huge croc of course!!!

Glad you joined the challenge and thanks for your comment.
Mary

Donna said...

OMG....That last shot!!! BIG bucks for his camera and gear!!!
Just Wow! I also smiled at the sign, No fires on the pier...Lol...Great shots!
hughugs

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Funny post! A photographer taking pictures (surreptitiously) of other photographers!

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

Excellent sneaking! Some of those birders are pretty serious about their hobby.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Now there's a serious birder in the last photo! I like my small sneaky camera too. :-)

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