One of the shopper at Tamu
Today is a fruitful day for me as I have explored a new area of photography, i.e. street photography and portrait. My first location is at the Tamu (Sunday open market) at Kota Belud, about 110KM from Kota Kinabalu. At the Tamu, you can find all sorts of people, young and old, arriving here to do their ‘shopping’ and find a meal or snake at this open market.
After trying out photographing wildlife, bird and landscape for sometime, it’s exciting to pick up a new area, which I personally feel not easy to master. upon arriving at the open market, my worry is how do I interact with the people I want to photograph and will not be rejected by them.
To avoid close contact, I choose my Canon 5D Mk II with 100-400mm Lens thinking that I can take pictures from a distance of the subject. I followed my 3 other friends who have a lot of experience in this area and watch how do they do it. I soon put my worries behind my head as the people there are friendly, some even don’t mind asking their children to post for you.
Following are some of the tips I gathered during this trip:
1) Look for older people as most of them have deep wrinkles which add to their facial expression;
2) Get a friend to talk to the store keeper, pretending to buy something from them, so that the store keeper with not pay attention on you take their picture and this will make them looks more natural;
3) If need be, buy something from the store keeper and they will be happy to let you take their photos;
4) Approach and ask nicely if they allow you to take a picture;
5) Look for people making their conversation;
6) Don’t forget things that are on sale…etc.
During this trip, my focus is on portrait, and have overlook on things that are on sale. Anyway, following are some of the photos which I feel nice…
I have also converted some photos to black & white