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These were all taken last week. I love how London just shines through in these small frames… actually I have walked past New York streets similar to image no.1…

It’s probably useful to note, from a street photography tip point of view, I had a mind to capture these images before I left my own house. Of course the people, their expressions and placement in scenes is random, but I sought out the photography that was already in my head.

Do you plan your street photography like this?

There are always shots you couldn’t conceive of running into however, with this planning, I never return with an empty card.

I’m offline for a few weeks now with a special travel project so please subscribe for emails, if you haven’t already, and you can forget about me until I pop up in your mail box!

Happy street shooting all!

Michael

Morning Ritual

Please Open

Cycling Blind

Journeyman

Three Amigos

A Break In The Rain

From London’s Streets

January 14, 2014 — 3 Comments

Taken, yesterday in Shoreditch.

iAngel
iAngel

Puddle Jumper

Hot Wash

Divided Attention

The Apple Effect

I realise January is a tough month, so I’m releasing a high quality PDF (26MB) version of my book, ‘London Moments’, suitable for PC, Tablets and Smartphones! It’s priced at a super friendly, pay what you think it’s worth.

Click the thumb below to head over to Gumroad.

From London’s Streets

January 7, 2014 — 2 Comments

Some days I return with 100 frames, mediocre at best. Some days I return with a single great photo.

Real World Adjustments For The Modern Gentleman

Yesterday was a good day.

First Image Of 2014

January 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

I’m seeing so many photographers really embracing street photography, in all the many sub genres, I hope 2014 is a photographic success for you all.

DescentI, for one, am really looking forward to it!

Michael

Happy New Year!!!

I hope your New Year celebrations went well? Did you make any resolutions to better yourself?

Personally, I have 2.

  • Keep Mrs Walker-Toye happy
  • Take every opportunity to make even better street photographs

Regarding No. 1, mind your own business ;-)

No. 2.

It’s all very well coming out with this bold, “…make even better street photographs”, but maybe it’s as simple as looking at your images and assessing why yours don’t look as good as those images from a.n.other street photographer you know. Can it be opportunity?

One substantial tip I can offer is to ‘take the shot’.

I’m serious. If you are walking by an interesting scene – obviously you have a camera! – stop and take the shot. Walk back, go down the side alley and take the shot! Cross the road and, yes… take the shot!

I’ve seen a few situations where walking on was a very sensible idea and, for safety reasons, I don’t regret not getting the photo. BUT, if you walk by and think, “that would have been a good photo”, then you and I are disappointed in you!

Confidence is the single biggest factor impeding your progress as a street photographer.

I can talk technicalities, composition and framing, and yes they’re significant but if you didn’t get in there and take the photo, it’s all for nothing.

This year, I challenge you to be bold. Get closer. Frame and shoot with confidence.

And don’t forget to smile when you get caught by the subject… which you will ;)

From London’s Streets

December 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

All taken just before the holidays.

Worlds Collide [Explored]

Escaping The Rabbit Hole [Explored]

Ascent

On Break

Transit

Oxford Street

Top 10 Images From 2013

December 19, 2013 — 6 Comments

Holiday greetings all!

Street photography has dominated my photography for the entirety of this amazing year. Indeed, so lucky have I been with my photos, I managed to publish a book of my best urban scenes around London, London Moments.

These next images are my 10 personal favourites from 2013.

10. St Paul’s Cheer Squad

The cover of my book and a moment that so nearly didn’t happen. These cheer leaders had just finished their routine and I arrived just in time to catch them disbanding.

St Paul's Cheer Squad [Explored]

9. Three Four Five Six

And, of course, my book’s rear cover. London is a busy financial district so art, architecture and business folk coming together for a great street photo is quite impressive.

Three Four Five Six

8. Urban Landscape

Landscape images in the City? No less impressive for being contemporary and devoid of nature.

Urban Landscape [Explored]

7. Southbank Skater

Always a pleasure to watch these guys at the Southbank.

Southbank Skater

6. Group Dynamics

Each time I view this image, I smile with the memory of stumbling across this dysfunctional looking group.

Group Dynamics

5. Aldgate East

London’s Underground is an icon in every way and I love to break up my street photo walks by covering a few stops on the Tube.

Aldgate East

4. Surprise!

Sometimes you find a moment where people become integral to the story dictated by the environment.

Surprise!

3. Run!

One of the first really prominent scenes to fit my mission to capture people in London environments. A wonderful and decisive moment.

Run!

2. City Hall

This winning image secured me the Professional category 1st place of Open House London‘s photo competition. A lot of entries and a prominent judging panel. I was even featured photographer on Leica’s own blog, with a short interview.

City Hall (London Open House Competition Winning Entry)

1. Cool Bride

The heavens parted the rains for one day and my sunny August wedding day was just perfect. Suzy signed on the dotted line and officially became my better half!

Cool Bride

I hope your photography was as rewarding as mine during 2013. Please leave your links in the comments – I would love to see your favourites too!

Here’s to a great New Year and an awesome 2014.
Michael

You Cannot Play Here

December 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

You Cannot Play Here pt I

Camden.

I didn’t hear the entire exchange, but I think Alice was moved on due to the audience constricting the sidewalk.

Maybe I am too quick to judge but I was surprised to see this Warden simply move Alice on rather than terminate her set.

On my way back to the Camden Underground station, I was pleased to see her back on ‘stage’ merely 100 yards further on.

You Cannot Play Here pt II

My seasonal spirit might just be emerging from the inky depths of lake Baahumbug.

From London’s Streets

December 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

Girl Without A Name
Strangely enough, I was ‘caught’ taking this shot below…
 
Safe mobile using cyclist, “Will I be in a magazine?”.
 
Not quite so ninja street photographer, “Sorry, not a chance.”.
 
Mobile Contractor