I took a little trip to London at the weekend, a festive trip (not Christmas shopping!) with my girlfriend. Naturally I took a camera with me in the hope of some opportunistic street shots. All the images below were taken with my Olympus OMD E-M5 fitted with a Panasonic 14mm pancake lens. 14mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera has a 35mm equivalent of 28mm which, in my limited experience of street photography, I am finding is quite a useful focal length. Additionally, this is a sharp fairly fast lens with a maximum aperture of F2.5 which I find useful.
I have become more confident pointing a camera at people over the last few months and although I have used my full frame DSLR for street work in the past I do think I feel more comfortable with the Olympus due to it being much smaller. Add the fact that it is lightweight, with the 12-50mm zoom that I have is also small and light, and I never notice the weight.
I processed all the images below with Silver Efex Pro 2 from Lightroom. Within Silver Efex Pro I applied the Kodak Tri-X 400TX Pro film type. I love the contrast and I included the grain. A little adjustment was made to control the highlights after applying the film type.
Last Thursday at the Amersham Photographic Society Monochrome Group we had Fabrizio Quagliuso come to give a talk and show some images. I really enjoyed his work and his approach to his projects. A documentary and street photographer who likes to get in close with his edgy images. He’s not afraid to cut someone in half and use imaginative unconventional compositions and I have to say I was somewhat influenced by him in my photography at the weekend.
Last weekend I went to Birmingham for a photography course (Photography Career Development Weekend). It was a great course, I really enjoyed it, and I traveled there each day on the train. It is a one and a half hour journey during which time, over the two days, I watched about 4 hours of video on my iPad; mostly photography videos including one on Alfred Stieglitz and and one on Andres Kertesz. Upon arriving in Birmingham I had a little spare time, particularly on the Sunday, and naturally I took a few photos. Here’s one I particularly like.
‘Man with a Shadow’
‘Please Mind The Step’