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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Petersson View Post
    I am doing a project where I photograph people in the subway. I love to record their expressions and faces. The camera is a Nikon F3 from which I remove the prism, so that it becomes a waist viewfinder camera. People often do not notice me, even though I sit right across the aisle.

    Lately, though, I have found those photos more interesting where I am noticed and people accept that I photograph them.

    Have a look at my results, if you like

    http://erikpetersson.livejournal.com/
    Yours is a fabulous project with some lovely results, the F3 is ideal as a waist level camera, do you leave the top open, or have some mask or shade around the focus screen?
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    Thanks Bateleur,
    I just remove the prism and hold it my right hand. I think it might look like I am fixing something. The wagons are usually dark enough to let me view the image without shade. I know the distance, so no need to focus.

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    That's a great idea Erik, and your results show it's effectiveness
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    Get a twin lens reflex camera which most people today don't recognize. It can be used facing to the side.
    Another choice is a Robot which is a 35 mm camera with a viewfinder built into one end so it can be aimed 90 deg. from where you are facing.
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    I liked all the shots.

    They are one of the best examples I've seen in a while of what I have seen referred to as the "naval eye view of the world".

    They bring home to me how important "viewpoint" can be to photography.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

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    Yes, many of the photos were made at navel level. I think i might upload these pictures to APUG.

    I posted them because I wanted to show that you sometimes are not noticed although you sit only a couple of meters from the one you photograph. Strange, but true. Bruce Gilden says something similar in the video above.

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    Nikon also makes a waist level viewfinder for the F3, as well as a 6x eyepiece which could be a help to you too. but they are always over priced online. Ive done train photography before as well, and the noise of it really helps with the shutter click for shots as close as these are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Petersson View Post
    I just remove the prism and hold it my right hand.
    So you play around with the camera with your left hand and "accidentally" hit the trigger?

    What lens (focal length) are you using?

    Nice pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swchris View Post
    So you play around with the camera with your left hand and "accidentally" hit the trigger?

    What lens (focal length) are you using?

    Nice pictures!

    chris
    Yes, kind of, but more often with one of the fingers on my right hand. I use the 50mm series E, f1.8. It is the smallest lens I have, easy to carry around. Occasionally Nikkor 50mm f.1.4.

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    I find with an eye level camera a useful technique to learn while shooting "street" is standing sideways to your subject so you are pointed in the opposite direction to them, and holding the camera to your ear,to fire the shutter not your eye, the failure rate at first is quite high, but they think you are listening to the shutter firing and never suspect they are being photographed.
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