Working the scene

by Axel Eckenberger October. 28, 2018 411 views

Famous photographers often talk about "working the scene" - by this they mean that you do not just take one shot of a scene, subject or event, but that you stick around and explore different angles and compositions. In streetphotography this means often that you take shots of a person until you get noticed.

However, sometimes you get the chance to work a scene with all the time you have, as your subject does not mind you taking photos. Often this is the case with street musicians who are quite happy to receive the images later on.

On a Friday evening I was on a short tour throgh Munich with @munichinstagod when we came around a musician unpacking his guitar.

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

First I thought that this shot would be it, but as he opened his case I got more interested as he had a steel resonator guitar that glittered even in the shadows. So we waited around until he started playing a mean slide guitar blues.

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2

He was a real character who played - beside cover versions of famous blues tracks - some of his own tunes.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm/f1.4

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm/f1.4

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm/f1.4

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm/f1.4

The whole session did just last about half an hour, but it was really thrilling. He even told us ome some anecdotes from his life and his music.

All in all he was a true "Münchner Original".

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2 - 1/160 @ f11

Nikon D750, Yongnou 35mm/f2 - 1/160 @ f11

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Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

Great series #1,#2, and#5 are my favorite three . I just love the expressions from him.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Axel Eckenberger Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Russel! I also quite like the third image, as his hand is pointing to the man on the right, who adds a nice balance to the image without being to much of a distraction.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 4 months ago

I love your shots!! Candid or street photography is one of my favorite genre of photography and this set you have shared are exceptionally nice.  :)

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Axel Eckenberger Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 4 months ago

In this case only the first shot was candid in all the others he was fully aware of us taking shots. He was really a cool guy and we had a lot of fun talking to him. Thank you very much!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Richtig schöne Photos, mit super Kontrasten, Axel. Gefällt mir sehr, das er dich bemerkt hat und es somit Blickkontakt zur Kamera gab. Er scheint ein recht cooler Typ zu sein. smile

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Axel Eckenberger Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Wirklich ein super Typ, interessanter Gesprächspartner und echt guter Musiker. Ich finde es besonders gut wenn man mit den Leuen nach dem Foto ins Gespräch kommt, gibt dem Foto dann noch einen emotionaleren Bezug. Danke Heike!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
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