A little while ago I bought a micro four thirds camera as a pocketable decent quality family camera and a daily carry around street camera. In the time that I have shot with this small sensor size, it’s been great fun. As we are into long days at the moment, and I have been ridiculously busy recently, I haven’t had time to try it in low light. However, my hunch is that full frame will still be considerably better come the winter nights. I will test this out later in the year, and probably run a comparison between the two formats. Night street photography is my favourite aspect of the whole process, so getting a set up with fast auto focus, portability and decent image quality is important to me. Currently, the Sony A9 is the major front runner in this regard for me.
Back to micro four thirds though. I wasn’t sure how I was going to take to the smaller sensor size, as I have been shooting primarily full-frame for the 5 or 6 years now. But, for street photography, it’s not been a problem. I actually prefer it over the APS-C format of the Fuji’s. They are small cameras but not in the same ball park as the Lumix GX9. It looks more like a compact camera than a system camera. I haven’t really noticed too much of a difference in image quality for the work I do.
I was in London for work again today. Walking from the train station to work (and back again) gave me some good opportunities for getting some photographs. I tend to shoot from the hip (hence the lower angle of the camera in most of the shots), whilst walking at pace (I don’t tend to stop to take shots as things are happening so quickly, I mostly pause slightly in my stride before continuing). I like the more loose and dynamic feel to the shots, rather than more carefully composed images. It’s more free and, to me at least, it also reflects the busy chaotic nature of people on the streets of London. There is a lot more energy there than in Salisbury, that’s for sure!
The London street work has been taking shape nicely over the winter. At the end of the winter I will put the work together into an e-book. I might include some images from last winter, as the anti-trump protests were pretty exciting to shoot (I would love to do more protest photography). I am not quite sure yet what the final work will look like, particularly as there is still another couple of months of dark nights, etc. left of winter to shoot (when I get back to London is another issue, however).
I will post a longer blog article up soon about my thoughts on street photography using the Sony A9. I might also write about how I approach street photography and some of the techniques that I use to get shots.
I hope you enjoy these images from today in the meantime. There is a theme to the shots, I will let you work out what it is. But, the emphasis for these photographs is content over form.
I was just on a wander near to the Cathedral after work. It’s a good place to get some street photography shots when you don’t have much time as there are often people hanging around the area. This interesting figure in the doorway has obviously been hanging around far too long…
The baby boy and I went to Bath today for a little trip out. It was very hot (about 33º) and busy in the centre. However, it was also good for street photography – even when pushing a baby along in a pushchair! I will try and post up some more images from the day later.
Whilst I was listening to the radio last week a person being interviewed was talking about being a taphologist (correct me if I am wrong here). This being a person who studies graves and how they have changed over time. He came up with an interesting phrase that graveyards were ‘libraries of the dead’. Specifically, he was talking about how graveyards tell stories about the people within them.
Now, I did (and slowly continue to do) a project on remembrance. My aim was not to be a taphologist, but to document how people seek to remember those who have died in the recent times. How people remember those who have passed away is quite fascinating, if a little morbid. Today, during my lunch break I went for a walk in Southampton’s Old Cemetery to look at one of these ‘libraries of the dead’.
One of the things that I have been practising is shooting from the hip rather than looking through the viewfinder first. Most of the time it doesn’t work at all. But today, this one seems to have been OK!