Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Catching the train…Catching the TrainStreet Performance…Street PerformanceStreet Vending in Alperton…Street Vending in AlpertonTexts and Cigarettes…Texts and Cigarettes


  1. Nice pictures. Great to see Lord Ganesha’s picture at your place. We have his festival on 19th this month. 🙂

    • Thank you Arindam – Images of Lord Ganesha is often to be found for sale on the streets of London. In fact his image can be found next door – my neighbours Jay and Madhu have several images on display along with images of Sathya Sai Baba as well. Have a happy festival 🙂 I believe you are having a strike on the 20th too 😉

      • Ha ha! Strikes are now part & parcel of every Indian’s life. Thanks to these politicians we are getting some extra holidays. 🙂

  2. Beautiful shots — you really captured the theme!

  3. Wonderful representations of every day! I like nothing better than coming to the conclusion of a day and really celebrating that it was ordinary! To me that represents a GOOD day! I loved your choices of photos. Debra

    • Thanks Debra 🙂 Both Finchley fire appliances drove past my door at around 16:00 today. I tested some code changes carried out by my offshore team. I fed the Budgies and the wild birds and I went to the scout hut to run a Cub meeting – a pretty normal Monday 🙂

  4. I’m so envious of your street photography, Martin! I wish I was a bit quicker ‘on the click’, so to speak (and could lean to feel more comfortable shooting in situations like this). I always get kind of embarrassed… almost like someone is going to see me and get upset or something silly like that… I don’t know… strange. The point is, (I did have one, believe it or not) I very much admire your great skill in this extremely challenging environment!

    • That’s very kind Bob 🙂 Let me analyse those photos though…

      The station one is just a set the shot up and wait for people to walk into the frame. People walking away from you generally don’t worry about being in your shot.

      Street Performers actually want attention so no issues there (but you might want to give a donation as appreciation for their music).

      Street vendors are generally too busy trying to make a sale to worry if you take photos – this one was taken from the top deck of a bus which renders me invisible anyway!

      Candid outside a station – people using their mobile phones or smoking a cigarette tend to be oblivious to what is going on around them.

      So none of these shots with the exception of the street vendor in Alperton required being quick on the click. There is always the risk that someone might get upset but I’ve learnt that the best way to get good street photos is appear honest – acting surreptitiously is what catches peoples attention. Just act normal. Hope this helps 😉

      • When I lived in Brisbane I saw a werewolf man sitting opposite me on the train on my way to work. I couldn’t figure out how to photograph him with my phone-spycam without looking like I was. Missed a precious opportunity that day. I’m certain he really was a werewolf.

      • It’s difficult with a cameraphone – standing it on its side rather than looking at the screen looks suspicious and therefore attracts attention. With a normal camera you can learn to shoot from the hip, which is a handy skill to have. A couple of options you could have tried: –

        Take a more general photo of the carriage with him in the shot and if anyone asks why, say (quite truthfully in my case) ‘I’m a railway enthusiast and I’m recording the interior of the carriage for historical interest’. Not that anyone has challenged me when I have taken a shot on the Underground – they probably assume I’m a Rubberneckin’ Tourist 😉

        Or, you could ask the guy if it would be ok – but then you lose the spontaneity.

      • Then I’d have to give him a reason. “Excuse me Sir but you look like a werewolf. May I take your photo?”
        I don’t know if that would have the desired effect in getting a photo 😛

  5. Fabulous shots! Especially like the street musician and the look of the first picture.

  6. Wonderful shots, Martin! Loved all of them . . . but especially the first and last. Stellar.

  7. Great photos for this week’s theme. I enjoyed them. 🙂

  8. Those are excellent! I was particularly intrigued by the photo of the ladies smoking. Very interesting composition and slice of life captured there.

  9. The train station shot has an unusual 3D feel to it. Very well captured. Is it legal to text whilst smoking??? The distraction could cause a severe lip burn if not paying attention.

    • Thanks Tony 🙂 The 3D appearance is a side effect of the HDR processing I have applied. It may also be suggested by the way all the people are heading towards the platform – towards a single point on the horizon.

      It’s less likely to incur the wrath of a passing Police officer than texting whilst driving 😉 I do wonder how many people forget they have a cigarette while they are texting… Could be a medical study for The Lancet – The health benefits of texting when smoking: Reduced nicotine intake!

  10. Stunning photos… WoW! 🙂

  11. I just love these, Martin. Familiar sights, frozen in time. I love the top one most, I think!

    • Thanks Kate – the top one is a little bit of playing with the image to enhance the effect of the rush to catch the train… seems to have worked 🙂

  12. love this post martin, i am enjoying a lot of people watching on this trip, great to have your london views!

  13. Love them all Martin, as good as being there!

  14. Great examples and cool street photography! You captured them well.

  15. The poetry of the everyday. I love it!

  16. Nice pictures, and very cool processing. I’ve learned through my blog that not everyone is a fan of high contrast images, but I am a huge fan… great stuff!

    • Thanks very much Shane – I think you process each image as you see it. I like a fair amount of contrast, especially in my B&W work. I use HDR from time to time and I find that it is HDR processing that some people really don’t like – (especially the over the top type)!

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