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I was in London again today, more shots to follow once I have edited them…

What catches my eye

I thought I would periodically produce a little e-book of some of the street photography that I do in a calendar month. This e-book is for May, 2018. It’s free to download, so I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the photograph to download the e-book.

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Sorry to see you go, Leica M7

Just found out that the Leica M7 has been discontinued. This is a camera that I had a lot of fun shooting until relatively recently, when I found that my street photography style [and eyesight!) was changing and more suited to a digital workflow. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I do actually miss that little camera…

For anyone who likes film street photography, the M7 is a very quick and accurate camera to use.  The only real issue with the camera (apart from price, but hey it’s a Leica what do you expect?) is the somewhat shaky electronics. For me, as much as the Leica MP gets more of the plaudits, the M7 is actually better to use in practice.

Here are a couple of images that I took with the M7:

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Swanage

 

 

30 seconds

Four images from a 30 second burst of shots whilst coming away from Salisbury cathedral. Some very stylish and serious tourists. I thought they looked great! I, however, looked decidedly unstylish…

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Testing

I have picked up a Panasonic Lumix GX9 to use as a portable family / street camera. Whilst my preference is for full frame images, even a camera like the Sony A9 is quite large (with the 28mm lens it’s fine, but the 24-70 G Master turns it into a bit of a beast). The GX9 is literally pocketable, which is great. It’s got a similar form factor to a film Leica / M10, well actually it’s even smaller. The lens is a 20mm (40mm FF equivalent) pancake lens. It’s a little long for me nowadays, but it does keep the camera very compact. No doubt, I will pick up the little 15mm (30mm FF equivalent) at a later stage. However, for the moment, I will just use the 20mm for a while to see what I can do with it.

Right now, I am just getting used to using the camera and how I need to use it to get the sort of images I like. Whenever I get a new camera (DSLR, Rangefinder or Mirrorless), it does take me a while to ‘get my eye in’ (i.e. to get used to seeing the sort of images I want to create). I find that by using a specific type of camera for a while, I tend to get into the swing of things. When I change from one type to another (such as from DSLR to mirrorless), it throws me out for a while. I am not sure if other people have a similar experience when they change cameras?

It doesn’t often matter about the camera, when I switched between a Canon DSLR and a Sony mirrorless, it wasn’t so much about the ergonomics – as I was used to them both (although ergonomically, the Canon was much better in my opinion). For me, it was more about the viewfinder experience and how that kind of messes things up for me.

Anyway, here are some test shots from my first little excursion with it this morning in Salisbury’s Saturday market.

 

20 minute photo shoot

One thing that I have mentioned before, probably quite a lot really ;), is the issue of having very little time to do photography amongst all the other demands of life. I was near Weymouth today and found that I had about 30 minutes to spare before needing to drive back to Salisbury.

So I went into town, found the local fish and chip shop and got myself a healthy standard British beachside meal (along with a full sugar-taxed Pepsi, just for added healthiness). Then, I thought, “I have 20 minutes, what can shots can I get in this space of time?” Turns out about 30 (most of which are complete rubbish). The best few I have posted up below. It was a quite fun to do and a good way to focus your attention when time is short (something that I really need to get better at in life generally, as my wife will no doubt testify to!).

 

Salisbury moments

A few images that I have managed to get about town in the last few days. It’s getting busier in the city now (at weekends) due to the summer season and tourism. The recent events with alleged Russian spies running around town with nerve agent doesn’t seemed to have put people off (or may be it is because of the council’s free car parking?).

Trip to London – Colour

Here are some colour images from the last trip to London. I am not sure if I prefer the colour or the black and white images. Some that work in monochrome, don’t work in colour and vice versa. However, it’s nice to have the choice when processing the digital files!

Trip to London – Monochrome

Some more (monochrome) images from the most recent trip to London this week. I will post up some thoughts about shooting in London in another blog. Just posting up ‘bits and bobs’ at the moment as time allows…