I know… this is a street photography site… well mostly it is, but as this is Micro Four Thirds related, Ive published it here too… the downside of having two blog sites running at the same time!
When my pal Ian told me he had booked us onto a free afternoon shooting cake at Olympus Image Space I was more than interested…. even more so when they said you could eat the models afterwards!!
Hosted by Rob Pugh (see his website HERE ) it was an introduction to food photography, using the fantastic Westcott Ice Light system, these are cool looking ‘strip lights’ that are daylight balanced, giving a beautiful natural light…. ideal for food photography.
Rob was very informative, showing various techniques that he utilises for his own food shoots, and there was as always, an abundance of Olympus goodies to play with. I used my own E-M5 with the very versatile 12-50 ‘kit’ lens, as it has a great macro feature that is very handy in this sort of shooting environment.
So a fun time was had by all, and mucho cake was eaten afterwards!
I had (somehow) ended up with another EM-5 body, I intended it to be used as a spare but it has sat unused in the box. So I’m thinking what do I need that would be used, and could I do a swap for this body? I have been lusting after a 25mm in black for sometime but they are so pricey, I couldn’t justify the outlay. Ker-ching! lightbulb moment!
I am a member of a group on Facebook that is for buying/selling of Olly kit, so I stuck an add on there for anyone interested in a swap, lens for a body. It took a while, but eventually I struck up a dialogue and the deal was done.
The lens arrived a day late thanks to Royal Mail, (to be honest I have done lots of mailing lately and it’s the first time I’ve had any problems). Anyway I was due to be out and about in London the next day so it would be a good time to take it for a test ride.
The lens is light, compact and in black it is nicely discreet fitted to my EM-5. the focus ring is smooth and is quick to focus. The only downside for me is the lack of zone focusing distance scale markings, something which is on the 17mm and is very handy for street photography.
On AF it is lightning fast and super quiet, it’s also very sharp and gives a nice bookeh, although I’m an f8 kind of guy so not too interested in this.
Overall I’m very pleased with my swap, it will be a well used addition to my Olympus street kit.
I love black and white images, for me it removes the distraction of colour and lets the viewer concentrate on the image. Maybe it’s from looking at the photo books from back in the day of street photography ‘greats’, … who knows, but I’m a big fan.
Recently,on the 2 out of the last 3 trips out shooting in London i’ve been getting frustrated with my results. Ok some days are better than others, but lately no days seem better than others!
What could be so wrong? I know the streets down there really well, was I to familiar? stuck in a rut? or just walking around missing the obvious? Hmm… I put my feelings out there on ‘tinternet looking for suggestions, it was suggested that I should slow down, take more time and observe. I must admit that I don’t tend to hang around, I don’t know why, it’s just how I walk…. fast (ish).
So was my objective this time out, slowwwww down take more in and observe the area I was in for a while. It was made easier to do due to the pissing down rain, so I was seeking shelter and staying around to see what came along.
I gotta say, it did make a difference, I got a couple of results. It seems that as I stuck around, ideas for different angles etc. popped into my thick head and the creative side got explored a lot more than if I was operating at my usual speed. So I think I will carry on exploring this technique, it is worth a try.
Shooting in central London recently, experimenting with my new Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens. I think this is a perfect focal length for street photography as it equates in real terms as a 35mm focal length, and works perfectly with the OM-D. The guys jeans stood out and complemented the blue sky in the background.
I am an avid Twitter user, tweeter, tweeb… whatever you like to call me!… obviously being an Olympus user, I follow most things connected with the brand. So one day I came across a tweet by Olympus UK asking for submissions for an upcoming feature in the Olympus User Magazine… why not, I thought.
I am predominantly a street photographer, I walk the streets and take photographs of things/people/situations/objects that interest me. I’m not into deep heated discussions about what is and isn’t ‘street’ apart from when it obviously is not!
I try to set myself small projects when out, this way it makes things a bit more interesting for me. One of my longer term ‘projects’ is that of the ‘off duty chef’. These guys nip out between services for a quick smoke or a phone call, often in shop doorways, often on the back streets out of sight of customers. So I started to build up a body of images depicting them, and pretty soon it turned into a bit of a fine art, predicting where I would bump into them, and what times they are out. I really respect them, they are hard working, often long unsociable hours, often miles from home.
Anyway… this what I presented to Olympus, and it did get published in their magazine on about page 9 here… http://content.yudu.com/A20gyv/OlympusMagIssue5/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=
Here’s a couple of pics.
ps. @bobrhodesphotos is my twitter handle…. feel free to follow!
So here’s a few pics, I wont label them so you can look into them and maybe see what I was thinking when I pressed he shutter. All taken on the stunning Olympus OM-D using the kit 12-50 lens, which I think is a very versatile bit of kit actually, although looks wise I don’t like it much. I am hoping for a Panasonic/Leica 25mm f1.4 eventually, I think this will be ideal for street photography, as I am lover of prime lenses.
Later in the day, I was wandering aimlessly…ahem! walking with a purpose, around Soho. The early evening light was stunning, and I found just the scene to use it.