Quote Originally Posted by Maris View Post
Curiously, I have found that using a big camera on a tripod makes me "invisible" when doing street photography. I'm "part of the furniture" rather than an annoying pest that buzzes after people with a camera fixed to my face.
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while not in the 8x10 range, i do use mamiya 645's...

i agree with maris, quiet and small isn't mandatory in much street photography. people have noticed me taking their picture. once in awhile i got snarl, but it really wasn't in anger - more a formality at having their picture taken. most often once they notice - they smile and pose and i have to pretend to shot and wait till the "magic moment" returns. often i'm interacting with the subject whose pleased, but shy.

small and unobtrusive is necessary in some circumstances... often though, it is the photographer who thinks those times are more numerous than there really are.

imho...