I shoot pictures for the TV station I work for every day. I also grab a lot of street stills around Chicago (especially downtown) on my spare time. Here are a few of my favorites from the last few weeks.
All of these are shot from the hip. Some are really run-and-gun, especially the ones from the fountain below.
Note his knuckles.
Umbrella-hat vendor. Slogan: "Don't have a stroke—it ain't no joke!"
Listening to the street performers in front of our studio:
From the Zoo:
A couple of thoughts:
1) Taking pictures of other people's kids seems scary, but I think it's fair game for street shooters. Opinions? Having an inconspicuous (non-DSLR) camera and a nearly silent shutter certainly helps people look right past you while you're shooting.
2) f/2 @ 1/250 sec seems to be the sweet spot for walking street photos for me. I let the camera grab AF for me and shoot by reflex from the hip. f/2 is a pretty shallow focus area (some of the shots here aren't perfectly in focus, after all), but 1/250 freezes the action enough to get rid of my walking motion.
(All photos shot on a Fuji X100S, 23mm/f2. Adjusted & cropped in Lightroom 4.4 and processed with VSCO Portra 160NC-)