I rarely take street portraits. For me, if a subject poses then it’s not a candid street photograph. The challenge is that some candid shots require you to get close to your subject and it’s not easy to do this and not be noticed.
……….You can try shooting from the hip, but that’s hit an miss.
………….You can jump out and scare the bejasus out of them like Bruce Guilden but you only get one shot and then you need to move on. Also very hit and miss
What if you observed a scene and you wanted to get very close, frame your shot carefully and then wait for the gesture (read more about gestures here)
Well, it’s never been easier if you have a modern digital camera with WiFi. Almost any camera that you can connect to your smartphone via WiFi will allow you to frame, focus, and release your shutter from an app on your phone.
I took the above image by standing at 90 degrees to my subject with my M10-D slung across my body. If the subject had looked up, all he would have seen was some tourist facing away from him, looking at his iPhone.
By having the additional time that this technique allows, I was able to wait for him to turn his page, which added to the narrative of the Rabbi praying.
This image is part of a project documenting various forms of religious devotion --> https://www.paullanigan.net/jerusalem