5 Sec Faces: A Collective Portrait

Posted on April 8th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 30 comments
Last September 2009, Fleecircus and I started a project to create a collective portrait of the different personalities you can find in the streets of Singapore. Equipped with 2 cameras, a mounting board, and a bit of determination, we walked around Orchard Road, picked out one face after another, and asked if we could take their picture. "It'll just take 5 seconds" was our usual excuse. Some said no, but most said yes. We did this every saturday for two and a half months, and now we have 446 faces at 5 seconds per face.

My First Good Street Photograph

Posted on April 2nd, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 13 comments

My first good street photography

I’ve been shooting street for almost 2 years now, and looking back at all my “keeper” shots, the feeling when I took each and every one of these photographs is still pretty vivid in my mind. I may not remember the settings for the camera, but the thought process I had at the moment of the shutter click I can still recall. And every time I browse back to these old shots, there’s always this one photo that’s special to me. This was my first good street photograph – the first one that didn’t look like an ordinary snapshot – the one where I thought to myself “Hey, I can do this thing.”

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I’m a Streepher :)

Posted on March 31st, by Danny Santos II in Articles. 1 Comment

I’ve just recently been added by streephers.com to their list of notable Photo Reporters and Street Photographers around the world. Most of the photographers showcased there are from Europe. A lot is from Italy and Greece. I’m the only one from Singapore… at least for now :)

I’m humbled and honored to be a part of a list that includes some of today’s street photography greats that I hold in high regard such as Lukas Vasilikos, Charalambos Kydonakis, Fabrizio Quaglluso, and Guido Steenkamp. You guys should check their work as well as all the other photographers in the list.… Read more

Good Moments in Bad Weather

Posted on March 28th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 36 comments

Rain Photographs in Singapore by Danny Santos

I’m a weekend photographer, and I used to always stay at home and sulk whenever it rains on a weekend. I figured: the light’s no good, my gear could get wet, and the streets would be empty. There wouldn’t be anything worth shooting. I’d complain in the forums whenever a weekend goes by and it’s raining all afternoon. Until someone replied and suggested “why not shoot in the rain and see what you come up with?” I paused and figured “hmmm, why not?”

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The Crowd, the Light, and the Eye Contact

Posted on March 22nd, by Danny Santos II in Articles, Tips. 22 comments
Shooting candids in the streets is a challenge. Not only is it often daunting to point your camera at a total stranger without permission, waiting for the right subject at the right light and at the right moment requires a ton of patience.