How close is close for street shooting?

How close is close? That was a title for a thread over at the Rangefinder Forum. They wanted to know how close you can get doing street shooting.

The controlling bastard that runs that forum gave me a lifetime ban cause I posted a link from this blog. It is not the first time that has happened. Luminous Landscape, M43, Fuji Rumors, Leica Forum and bunch of other forums banned me as well. Apparently my blog must rub em wrong?

Well, let me get to the subject at hand where I can discuss it freely…

I shot this pix at less than a foot away…candid. I have other photos going down to 2 or 3 inches away from the subject – all candid. I liked this one best. Whether 2 inches or 10 inches, they are all world records when it comes to how close you can get to a subject on the street and still shoot candid with a digital rangefinder.

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Shooting into the sun with a circular fisheye is tough. The quick and easy to adjust manual controls of the Leica was a big help when it comes to tough lighting when shooting on-the-fly. The small footprint of the Leica was also a big help with candid work.

If you practice your craft, asking how close is close will not come into play. You will just shoot at will and distance be damned…

8 inches away…


1 foot away…


1-1/4 feet away…


2 1/2 feet away…


…and that is how close is close when it comes to candid street work.

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