Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

There are times when things need more reading than a cursory glance.  When The Weekly Photo Challenge popped into my InBox with this week’s theme of “Fleeting Moment”, I  immediately thought of flowers that open only for a fleeting moment.  With photos of poppies and day lilies I wrote my post.   Happy at having polished off the challenge so speedily,  I then read DailyPost at WordPress post in full and I realised there was another element this week.

“Now it’s your chance to give street photography a shot!”

Street photography is candid photos taken in public places, capturing fleeting moments.    I have never done this type of photography before.

How was I going to find the time, I work  9 to 5 Monday to Friday, I commute and the only time for  “Street Photography” would be lunchtime.   There would be great photo opportunities in the town and the park but the more I thought about it the more I felt uncomfortable at the thought of photographing people I didn’t know.  What if someone saw me and took objection, that could be the makings of a nasty scene.  Embarrassment was about to prevent me contributing this week.

I have never missed a Weekly Photo Challenge and I was not going to let this one go by, so I this morning I slipped my Fuji Digital Fine Pix  into my bag, I didn’t want to take my Nikon DSLR.   It was raining today (by way of a change) and I didn’t go out at lunchtime.  Photo opportunity #1 down the pan!

Photo opportunity #2 presented itself on the station platform this evening.  Commuters are fleeting aren’t they?   You would have laughed, I had the small camera tucked in the palm of my hand and felt as though I was undertaking a surveillance job.  I was sure I looked furtive and suspicious, however, no one stopped me and asked me what I was doing.

Whilst not exactly “Street Photography” and more like “Railway Platform Photography”  the photos below are my interpretation of “Fleeting Moment”.    They are not brilliant but as I said earlier I was not going to miss a Challenge.

 The idea of Street Photography has sparked an interest and I am going to spend a bit more time practising.  It will be at weekends with my Nikon DSLR and I will be brave and bold.

What happened to my Floral Fleeting Moments post?  It is sitting in my draft box waiting for the ideal moment.

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  1. Enjoyed reading your first foray into furtive photography 🙂 I find that if people don’t sense that you’re aming the camera directly at them, they feel less threatened


  2. Hello Ronnie 🙂 It is Ronnie, isn’t it? I have been on WP for three months now, and only two months ago I started participating in weekly challenges. Recently I have seen many bloggers using pingbacks to link to other people submissions, but I don’t understand fully the reason for it. I have seen your pingback on my page and I appreciate you listing me in your post, but it was the only trace I got from you and I don’t even know if you liked the post. Street photography is thrilling… I had an afternoon recently trying to do that and it was fun :). Good luck!


  3. Great photos Ronnie, especially in black and white. I share your feelings having missed many photo opportunities in faraway places for being too reserved to take photos of people…. Linda x


  4. Wonderful shots, I especially like the rain covered window with people. I totally understand and sympathize with your feeling of taking photographs of people, it also makes me nervous and I over think it often and end up missing a great chance or taking such a quick photo that I am not please with myself. It’s a delicate balancing act. Good luck trying it out again, I hope it works out for you


  5. I love the mental picture of you creeping along with your tiny camera, taking surveillance pictures! I do understand how it might feel invasive and upset the subjects. Perfect for the project.


  6. I vote for Platform 1. There is a story in that man … Would feel way too uncomfortable photographing strangers, unless I were in a group of photographers on a photowalk, and that is so not my style!


    • Thank you Diana. I quite like Platform 1 too, street photography has an element of excitment. Not only taking the photos but everyone has a story – like the man on Platform 1 Where was he going? Where had he come from? etc etc. I did feel uncomfortable and a little bit scared too, in case someone rushed up to me, and grabbed my camera. That is one reason why I used my small Fuji, so much less obvious.


  7. I snapped away with my camera, “furtively” and dumped quite a few to find just a few worth using. Turning them into black and white has added a bit more interest and I hope the composition is ok.


  8. Furtive. I know. We can snap away gayly at buildings and animals and all manner of things, except people. Furtive is exactly how I feel, which creates a number of ill composed shots I might add. 🙂


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