oh thanks, I'm not sure I am as inconspicuous as i always think. It's only when going through the bursts that i can see they've noticed when in the moment through the lcd i can't tell. I suppose it's stupid to think people wouldn't notice but early i did so much just shots while walking and so many shoppers are in their own world. It's those sat down who watch.
I started doing the street shots in july 2013 and it's only this year really i've been comfortable accepting what I'm doing because i just assume people will feel i'm snatching something of them. There's something anti social about being the one in the street doing something different than everyone else, there's always that intense feeling of then being watched. I just imagine someone yelling; 'look at what that guy is doing! That's wrong that is!' I wear trainers and can run fast but still, people don't know your intent, to transform the ordinary into something beautiful. Or that i have to try to get lucky based on people passing by, or try to see how the light works, i'm taking shots to learn.
I often see something, stop, think; i want that, pause and consider, how aggressive does the person look, i can't move on because i'll regret it afterwards. That was exactly like for the man behind the smashed window i just put up. I think he was a worker having a rest and he barely registred it. Now I'm at the point where i want the eye contact because it's something new but you don't know what day people have been having so it's hard. I was waiting for some chicken in a food place a few weeks ago when a worker in the back did a thousand yard stare and drunk a can and i thought it was a shot but didn't have the guts to get my camera out. He's working, I'm the customer taking something of that personal toil, that's how i see it. For as many shots as I take there are so many other photographers who don't seem to have that anxiety at all, who will take photos inside shops. I usually try to be invisible and take a lot, it's not just one shot and I'm done.
I think most people don't care, too tired to care, or they're flattered, bemused; this is a photo? They can turn around if they want. One lad in Shibuya did that, the one time. A few older people have looked outraged, or genuinely like i'm taking advantage of their worn way, just a look of disdain they've got some young moron treating them like an object while they're just trying to walk down the street or take a break.
I printed out some cards with photos and my deviantart and flickr links just to legitimize what I'm doing in case I'm challenged, that's put me more at ease and then wearing a mask i've felt more hidden.
The last photo day in Leicester a person sat to my right a yard away asked if I was filming or taking photos. I was taking shots of the old woman i just put up, '76gi', and i always view through the lcd screen looking down so i feel far away and detached from reality, when really I'm a few yards away. I use a bridge camera, fz300 at the moment. Any closer and i don't think the candid is possible, I do still want people within city structures. Anyway he asked and as he did i realised how alien it was, two people sat to my right. I'm pulled out of the moment of looking at the lcd, trying every zoom and angle. As he asked someone else said; 'you can't do that can you?', and he said; 'you can do whatever you want'. I moved away at that point.
tldr i use a bridge camera.
Wow, thanks for the comprehensive reply! I use a fuji now which has a fixed lcd so it's pretty much impossible to look inconspicious taking pictures, lol.
Might have to wait until I can fly to Japan again; I feel like Tokyo is ideal for street photography; people are very reserved so you're less likely to get into a confrontation, and places like Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara are so packed that you barely get noticed, and even if you are, they'll probably just think you're taking a photo of someone else.
Might also try saving for a bridge camera but either way, street photography still requires a lot of nerve... and I'm the most anxious and introverted person I know. I might try drinking before a session.
P.S. Can't stress how captivating your photos are, I've liked so many that it feels like I'm just spamming you. Also you inspired me to get out my camera after years of not taking pictures, though I took only about two street photos before I chickened out. I'll wait for the bridge camera.