Bokeh, over softened backgrounds and flash can be great with portraits, flowers and other subject oriented imagery. For street photography the background is often an essential part of the image by providing the context for the story.
So many of todays camera systems are excellent in terms of sensor and optical quality. Why we choose one camera over another is important, so I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences.
The one thing I have noticed about my most satisfying images is that the thought process made a difference.
If the indifference to people is a disturbing concept to you, then you already find yourself leaning towards a more humanist approach for street photography. I argue you should go with it, not fight it.
I would argue that telling someone to keep or ditch an image is more likely to be derived from a technical and perfectionist approach. This, I think, is neither helpful nor appropriate.
There is more than light that meets the eye when we see a scene. One of our most secretive of senses is the detection and interpretation of peoples movement. Indeed this is used by police and security the world over to recognise a threat, or by customs to decide who to check. It is