First off, thank you to everyone who took time to look at these photos and comment on them. Everything you guys said was great in terms of letting me know what I did right and what I can improve upon.
I really like what you said about the use of b&w in digital vs film photography. I would venture out to say that FlyingCamera said what he said because I posted 17 photos there is a lot of black and white to look at. But I do think that b&w was justified here because I think it allows the viewer to concentrate more on tone and texture. Since it's at a market, colors are very repetitive and I think color would be a little too overpowering.
Originally Posted by oneANT
On the topic of travelogue vs. street photography, I noticed that I was forced to use my 28mm more than my 50mm and as a result could not get as close as I needed to since I am used to working with the angle of view given by a 35mm or 50mm lens. The reason I was using my 28mm more often was because I needed to zone focus and the 28mm gave a wider range of distances that would be in focus.
I do have to say that I disagree with your definition of street photography needing to engage with a subject, there are quite a few very well known "street" photographers out there who do not engage a subject when photographing him/her. Not saying my work is anywhere near his level, but the infamous Bruce Gildan comes to mind.
Thanks, I really appreciate the kind words. Like I said Eastern Market is a really great place not only because there are a lot of interesting people there, but because it's doing something really positive for the community. To add to the list of photos I felt I engaged the subjects, I feel that 15 also required me to establish a short rapport with the subject (even though like I mentioned above, I personally do not feel that necessarily definies a street photograph).
Originally Posted by zsas
I do wish I was able to use my 50mm more that day because it provides a field of view that I am comfortable with. If anything I guess this was some good practive using a wider lens for street photos