Andalusian Shepherd

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On the road to Ronda, Spain, 2002.

Continuing the series of candid portraits, this one a road, rather than a street photo, was shot using a Sony Cybershot camera, processed on an iPad Air 2, with the Snapseed app.

French Wine Merchant

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Another candid Street Portrait, this time of a young man selling wine at an open air market in Eymet, France. Shot with a bridge camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ28 while teaching a workshop there.

ARIZONA COWGIRL

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I love shooting candid portraits, using available light, with my iPhone. This shot, however was taken with my Panasonic Lumix TZ-5, before I had an iPhone.

Meanwhile, over on Instagram, three days ago, I was honored to be chosen as “BnWButNot of the Week”, or Black and White But Not, for my candid sepia portrait of a Taos Pow Wow participant on Instagram’s @bnwbutnot gallery, out of some 265 thousand plus images. I invite you to follow my Instagram feed, @johnfarnsworthphotographer on Instagram, or, if you prefer, on my website, johnfarnsworthphotographer.com/instagram

Unless otherwise noted, all my Instagram images are shot on an iPhone.

In Your Face

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Vieille Ville (Old Town), Nice, France

Street dogs, like this handsome fellow, are an important part of my street photography.

The Guard

IMG_9271.JPGI came face to face with this guy as I was exiting an art exhibit in Taos recently. He was barking half-heartedly at passers-by. Warning, or invitation to play? I took it to mean don’t get any closer to this vehicle, bud! Of course, he was probably just asking, “Have you seen my master anywhere”?

Another photographer friend behind me said, “That John, he will shoot anything”. He was right.

EARL, HORSEMAN

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Earl. Not only a horseman, king of the dancehall, too, and ladies’ man. A real Taos character, and a friend.

The Stare

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The Stare / iPhone 4s / Snapseed

An experiment:

Are you wondering who you are as a photographer? Trying to find your own voice, your style? Try this: take a little road, trip or a walk. An hour or two. Carry only a polaroid camera.

Take the same trip with a single, long, lens. Over a period of days, try it with just your smartphone. Then with just a medium lens.

Do it again; this time with a wide angle lens only. Once more; shooting video.

You might even want to try an old super eight movie camera.

Try a couple of cameras you’re most familiar with, then a couple you’re least comfortable with.

Try the most expensive gear you can get your hands on, then the least expensive you can find.

Put them all in one folder on your computer. Leave them for a month or two.

Then go back and look through them. You just might find your true self in the process.

~

“Gosh, I would love to be a better writer, but all I have is a pencil.

Now, if only I had an IBM electric typewriter, or at least a sterling silver Mont Blanc fountain pen with gold filigree, I could write a great novel!”

Sound familiar, photographers?