Amish Ladies / Influencing the Scene

Amish Ladies - Influencing the Scene

I spotted these two Amish ladies window shopping on South Street, but I didn't get a chance to photograph their faces without disturbing them.

One of the informal rules of photography is not to shoot subjects from their back. I think I have already committed that sin in some of my wildlife photos. Another rule is not to cut-off a birds legs; guilty as charged. I am going to defend myself by quoting Ansel Adams: "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs".

Akuma Take a look at the photograph on the left. It is not a candid; Akuma is clearly posing for the camera. Although it was taken on the street, this photograph is a portrait. In the purest sense, street photography should be devoid of the photographer's or the camera's influence on the scene. Any interaction changes the story. Conversely, portrait photographers can utilize the "no interaction" principle of street photography for natural portraits by simply allowing sufficient time for the subject to forget the presence of the camera.
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