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All images by Marius Vieth. Used with permission.

Photographer Marius Vieth has graced our site a couple of times, but one of our favorite projects by the award winning street photographer is called “Under My Umbrella.” It features many candid street photos taken in the rain–a time when the streets are crazier than normal and light shows of all sorts happen.

“Once it’s starts raining, the city turns into a whole different place you’ll never see in bright daylight. All of a sudden everything melts into one amazing mixture of lights, reflections and colors I can’t even describe with words.” says Marius. Indeed, his images reflect events that don’t usually happen when the sun is out. But even more so, he combines interesting color usage with capturing candid moments in the downpour.

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Rinzi Ruiz, a street and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. Towards the of 2011, Ruiz was laid off a job he had for 10 years, and this gave him time to focus on his photography. He found his zen in street photography on the streets of Los Angeles. His high contrast monochrome images are deeply meditative, and they have excellent lighting.

He became known for a blog called Street Zen, in which he posts images he makes on the street. More of his work can be found on his website and his Instagram.

A selection of his work and the episode can be seen after the break.

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All photographs are copyrighted Rikard Landberg and used with permission.

Rikard Landberg is a Swedish street photographer who unintentionally finds humor in the everyday. With a Leica M4-P in hand, he takes to the streets of Sweden to document life around him, and he’s been doing this for several years. His Flickr stream is a lighthearted delight. Humor comes from discrepancy, from the unexpected, and in Landberg’s photography there is plenty of that, though he doesn’t actively seek it.

For more of Landberg’s street photography, check out his Flickr.

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All images by Jimmy Yang. Used with permission.

Photographer Jimmy Yang has got his first camera as a gift for his 18th birthday. “After few years of doing all these different kinds of photography I felt a little empty inside. Of course I love the sense of achievement when your capture that beautiful sunset on the beach or that excellent skin tone with perfect lighting, but that was not enough for me.” says Jimmy in our interview. “I want something more personal and something that has more depth and maybe represent some parts of myself. Street photography was the answer for me.” He continues to state that Magnum photographers influenced and inspired him; particularly Elliot Erwitt, Bruce Gilden, and Alex Webb.

To Jimmy, street photography is different from other genres. He believes that it’s highly dependant on a creative mind and the way that an individual sees the world then assembles the world into a photo.

“One thing that attracted me the most in street photography is the endless possibilities. You never know what to expect every time you step out on the street. There are a lot of interesting things out there to be captured, and none of them will happen twice so you often have only one shot to make the most out of it.”

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Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post that was originally published and written by Marius Vieth. It is being republished here with permission.

Although this article is not the easiest one to write, I just need to get this off my chest. In case you haven’t noticed, street photography means the world to me. I pour all my heart and soul into it and to be honest, just like you I couldn’t imagine living without it anymore. If something or someone has a special place in your heart, you are willing to go out of your way and speak out inconvenient truths that may or may not offend certain people. Whether you may fully agree with what I’m saying or can’t believe that I have the audacity to do so, I’m only saying this, because I deeply care.

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All images by Ian Robert Knight. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Knight has travelled around to many places in Asia and as a trained portraitist, combined photographing people with the art of documenting the everyday occurrences around us. While street photography isn’t tough enough for many, it becomes even tougher when you put language barriers on you and not always knowing what areas you should be in. But Ian adapts, and shares with us some of his best advice when it comes to shooting street images internationally.

One of his best points: zoom with your feet.

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