Street Photography With A Telephoto Lens

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Alpha Whiskey Photography, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Just trying to debunk conventions. Not all street photography has to be within the 35-50mm range, although one probably has a bias towards more portraits with a telephoto. These were all shot with the Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 with MC-14 attached.


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  2. torsteinh

    torsteinh Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 30, 2014
    OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R @ 150mm

    17833245193_267fad9553_h.jpg Myanmar woman by Torstein Hansen, on Flickr
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  3. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Some great shots there AW - but number 1 is a real standout, deal the lens sticking out from your subject's head! Amazing light.

    I suppose the argument is subject engagement. If you are not stealthily shoving a camera up someone's nose, you can't be engaging with them in the same way as with a standard lens. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't take some great shots with a tele, as you prove here.
  4. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Panasonic 45~150 at 150 (E-PL5)...

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  5. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Panasonic 45~150 at 150 (E-PL5)...

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    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Panasonic 45~150 at 150 (E-PL5)...

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  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Never a problem using a long telephoto or portrait lens for street, the 75 is surely one of the best for this.
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  8. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Most of my 'telephoto' street photography is on the 'long' end of my 12-40mm, but I'll focus on longer lenses for the moment... I've been trying to make a point lately of using my tiny 70mm and neglected 40-150R lenses more often while walking around...

    Pentax Auto 110 70mm f/2.8:


    And one from @Kazooless@Kazooless's O75:
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  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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  10. Rifleair

    Rifleair Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 6, 2016
    Midlands, UK
    40-150 at 1/200 sec. f/4.6 70 mm P8050136.JPG
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  11. CyVan

    CyVan Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 9, 2016
    14-140mm @ f5.1 34mm. Not exactly long but its the lens I had on at the time :)
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  12. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 7, 2015
    This thread is automatically legendary (in my eyes). Keep them coming. :D
  13. OK, few more. I may be alone in this but as I alluded to on my blog article (which, fair enough, no one read :)) I 'm not much for random shots of people or places. I try (and perhaps fail) to reveal something too, hopefully with a clearly defined subject or story and an uncluttered frame (that must be the postcard mentality in me speaking!).

    M.jpg 8.jpg 17.jpg 18.jpg 21.jpg N.jpg

    And this is why I like mirrorless. Even a telephoto is much smaller and lighter than its DSLR equivalent. :)


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  14. Rifleair

    Rifleair Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 6, 2016
    Midlands, UK
    1/250. 75mm. F 6.3
    On board ms Britannia

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  15. rocky

    rocky Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2012
    Kapolei, HI/Walnut Creek, CA
    Wow, some beautiful photography here. Most of my street work is done with shorter focal lengths, usually my 20/1.7 or my 12-32 compact zoom. I rarely take candids of subjects. I ask if it would be ok to take their photo and not catch them off guard. I think I get more of who they really are.
    20th St 3.jpg Jaqueline (3).jpg Kaman 1 (2).jpg Wade 6a (2).jpg
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  16. excman

    excman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    Odsherred, Denmark,
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    Enjoying the sun on the pier.

    E-M1. Pan 14-140.
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  17. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014

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  18. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Leaving aside my feeling that as soon as you engage with the subject then its not street photography, its portraiture/documentary or something else, and the fact that too many beginners trying to do street photography seem somehow to forget that a photo has to have some sort of shape, form, story, or something to engage the viewer.

    I shoot street style stuff sometimes, I am by no means hard core, and I do typically use 14/17/25 type focal lengths.

    However I do like the 75mm.. small, unobtrusive and versatile

    19444175879_840109e860_b.jpg P7100032 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    15900270172_26bb80687a_b.jpg PB230359 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    15406097951_5bce1935d7_b.jpg P9300065 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    15386236996_98916696d3_b.jpg P9300038 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    12260315256_fb3ff9f6e7_b.jpg P2010033 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    8675579518_9e8f4145fd_b.jpg P4170126 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    I have even employed the 300mm, though you do need a big street or a beach/boardwalk to fully get the benefit. Not a lens to carry around all day though :)

    26492507913_f70b69e7a8_b.jpg P5160301 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    26492507403_67f2c415c8_b.jpg P5160220 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    26492506623_a19a2d6c3d_b.jpg P5160115 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    27017124291_4dde94764b_b.jpg P5160419 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    27052263966_5d50a2fa99_b.jpg P5160267 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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    27052262126_e35260a87c_b.jpg P5160226 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    At the end of the day to me its more important to make interesting images than worry about what lens you are using

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  19. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Great series......4, 5 and 6 plus with the last one are my favorite. I prefer the telephoto and shooting from a distance because as you said, once you engage them it changes the nature of the photograph (they change the way they are acting once they know you are photographing them). But I do use just about any focal length if it accomplishes the photograph that I am after.
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  20. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    thanks for the kind words

    Something that often disappoints me with street type shots taken with a longer lens is that the shots end up just being normal/wide shots , but taken from further away, as opposed to using the longer reacher to better isolate the subject or show greater detail.

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