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Street Photography from a Camera’s Point of View

Street photographer Eric Kim wanted to capture what it’s like to roam around on the streets and shoot photographs of complete strangers (without their permission), so he mounted a GoPro HD 960 video camera to the top of his Leica M9 and then walked the streets of LA. You can see some of the resulting photos over on Kim’s blog.


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    That is kinda ‘scary’. What if they dont want to get their photo taken? What is there’s a huge guy who will run after him!

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    That is kinda ‘scary’. What if they dont want to get their photo taken? What is there’s a huge guy who will run after him!

  • CampocortoOcho

    I really dont understand him. If sby would react bad and slap him in his face, probably he would feel bad. I think it is not a polite and morality thing to photograph people without their permission. Maybe the problem is in me.

  • CampocortoOcho

    I really dont understand him. If sby would react bad and slap him in his face, probably he would feel bad. I think it is not a polite and morality thing to photograph people without their permission. Maybe the problem is in me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Surely I can’t be alone in wanting to slap this guy hard?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Surely I can’t be alone in wanting to slap this guy hard?

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    You people need to understand, if you are in a public area you have no right to expect privacy.
    If photographers didn’t do like he does we would never have seen shots like:
    Henri cartier-bresson’s Behind the Gare St. Lazare or the V-E day kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

    Sure he isn’t the most subtle guy, but neither is Bruce Gilden and he is a member of magnum. And Henri Cartier-Bresson was the cofounder of Magnum and the grand father of street photography.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    You people need to understand, if you are in a public area you have no right to expect privacy.
    If photographers didn’t do like he does we would never have seen shots like:
    Henri cartier-bresson’s Behind the Gare St. Lazare or the V-E day kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

    Sure he isn’t the most subtle guy, but neither is Bruce Gilden and he is a member of magnum. And Henri Cartier-Bresson was the cofounder of Magnum and the grand father of street photography.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1174835197 Casey Myers

    I don’t have any cash but I have an Leica M9 with a GoPro HD on it!

  • DP Ludwig

    Eric: “Dude is that a Ricoh GXR?”
    Stranger: “Yes it is.  What kind of camera have you got?”
    Eric: “It’s a Leica”

    Pwned!

  • http://almondtree.tumblr.com/ Almond

    You’ve clearly never heard of Bruce Gilden. Kim really is harmless compared to him. Hell; I’m worse than Kim.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    Ok, why didn’t he simply take a camera with video recording?

  • http://www.facebook.com/janeklap Jan Lapter

    Boring.

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    Maybe you can take the picture and then ask if you can keep it. Even the resulting photo may convince them.

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    Video was lame… the last 20 seconds should have shown the shots he took. If somehow he got something of quality the video might have some value. Otherwise i want my 3 minutes back!

  • http://twitter.com/YouDidntDidYou YouDidntDidYou

    This just looks like lazy snatched shooting, no composition, probably shooting shooting everything with centre focus point, same aspect ratio, metering, focal length etc 2 out of 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/youdidntdidyou/sets/72157625946618634/

  • Anonymous

    Some people are not getting it… his main point was trying to let us see how it is to take photos of people on the streets (activity that some of us might be afraid of); he was not trying to impress us with his amazing photo skills (whether he has them or not). 

    Thanks to this video, now I’ll be a little more confident about taking candid portraits.

  • Unknown

    In the forty plus years I’ve been a photojournalist and street photographer, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing people like to bring to the table are complaints. These posts confirm that. Michael is a typical street photographer and was merely trying to give a outsider an inside look at the simplicity of capturing candid street photos. This wasn’t meant to be a tutorial or a “tips and tricks” article. And with all due respect to Michael and you the viewer…if you didn’t enjoy watching the video, then move on. What personal benefit or satisfaction does one get from critiquing something that requires none?

    Kudos to you Michael and I hope your ventures become as rewarding as they have for me over the years.

  • chapsford

    do you mean the V-J day kiss? it would be nice to think it was candid rather than contrived, but alas. just as a point of clarity. (ian jeffrey, the photography book 1997).