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NYC Day 5 – Vautrin: Shooting from the Hip

Vautrin (a nickname) is a cool guy. He came and spoke with our class on the last day of our NYC trip. He shared with us his portfolio which was comprised of hip shots taken outside and in night clubs in St. Mark’s Place, NY. I won’t post a photo of Vautrin, he goes by a different name and doesn’t want people to know he’s taking candids.

He got me to start doing something I gave up a long time ago, shooting from the hip. He also made feel comfortable shooting at ISO 6400. It actually looks pretty cool in black and white.


Anyways, here are some of the photos I took while on my excursion with him. I admit these aren’t spectacular moments. However, I was shooting at f/2 at my hip with a 50mm. I’m going to keep this in practice and head over to Rochester’s Alexander St. and take some photos like these there. It’s much easier to get natural moments with people when you don’t have a 5d mark ii with a 50mm f/1.2 lens attached to your face. All the black and white photos are the ones with Vautrin, the colored photo is one I took of my friend Amber using the same hip shot technique.




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  1. JM

    This type of photography should not be allowed. I’m a photographer for 30 years and I don’t do this.
    If I caught you taking a photo of me like this you would eat the camera if you didn’t immediately delete it upon my request to do so.

    I for one, value my privacy.

    Sorry bud.

    Apr 13, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  2. JPhilipson

    Hey JM,

    I have done nothing wrong unless I’ve “invaded” your privacy, “intruded on your seclusion”, “publicly disclosed of private facts”, OR if I’ve portrayed a person in “fasle light.” This type of photography is an extension of one of our most important and fundamental rights as americans, the freedom of speech. Without the ability photograph people in public the media wouldn’t be allowed to function. Also, if you’ve been a photographer for over 30 years then I’m sure you’ve heard of “Henri Cartier-Bresson”?

    Since I’m not selling or publishing these photos for profit then I’m not required to get permission or even a model release. As a photographer, you should be supporting and protecting this right we have to photograph the public.

    As far as asking someone to delete the photo, you have no right to do so, it’s now the photographers property and content. If you tried to make him “eat his camera” then you’d most likely find yourself arrested for battery and maybe assault depending on where you are.

    Here’s a link for more info:

    Apr 13, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

  3. Kent

    @JM then don’t go out in the public eye. It’s as simple as that. If mr. philipson went and took a hip shot of you taking some prozac then it would be an invasion of privacy.

    photographer for 30 years shooting what may i ask?

    furthermore making someone ‘eat the camera’ after demanding for them to delete the image is just poor. would probably also get you booked with assault/battery.

    @joe cool dude. but when i see ‘from the hip’ stuff i think of what robert capa said… if youre pictures arent good youre not close enuff. like my recent work. we need to get closer. as photojournalists tell stories of those we choose to photograph right? gotta get closer. i know i have to.

    aloha! thanks for sharing!

    Apr 13, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  4. Michael

    Calm down. Your “If I caught you…” posturing is childish.
    Many great photographs shot while the subject is unaware and even if you consider candid photography “cool” you must know that CCTV is keeping an eye on you in most urban bars and many streets.

    May 09, 2011 @ 7:05 pm


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