Street Photography – Olympus OM-D EM-5; Six

I’ve come to realise that when I’m wandering around with my camera it’s about more than just nice lighting and people, although ordinary people doing ordinary things is still a big part of my photography. A lot of it is about interesting and different situations or people that I just happen to stumble across, the selection of images in this instalment of my continuing series hopefully show some of that.

All are taken on my Olympus OM-D EM-5 using a 17mm M.Zuiko 1:1.8 lens.

Band.jpg ISO 400, f8, 1/15th sec. Not your usual place for an impromptu gig, outside of a shoe store. I think what drew me most to this is not just the situation and the clothes, the lead singer is wearing a fantastic Bowler hat and get up that resembles a respectable 19th Century Mid West character, but also the instruments. Yes there’s the standard guitar but the guy sat down is playing a washboard. How often do you see that?

Bar Dog.jpg ISO 400, f8, 1/20th sec. A dog, sat at a table, outside of a bar. What more is there to say than that? It’s a cute little dog too.

Cheeky Santa.jpg ISO 400, f8, 1/80th sec. This one is titled on my computer as “Cheeky Santa” for the obvious reasons of these charity fundraiser’s dressed in fancy dress and one of them having a pair of comedy buttocks attached to his shorts. These guy’s were everywhere this day, in fact there were so many of them swarming the streets of Central Cardiff that I witnessed a Big Issue Seller getting rather annoyed by some of them being on his patch. (For those of you not from the UK, The Big Issue is a magazine that’s main aim is to help the less fortunate and is most often sold by homeless people who are able to earn themselves money from this).

Cyclist.jpg ISO 400, f8, 1/125th sec. Finishing here on a pretty standard scene, however I like it. The motion blur of the bus, the slight glance of the cyclist towards the camera and the lines all over the place, arrows, road lines, the zebra crossing (which evidently I learned recently in one of my Italian Lesson’s is known as Le Strisce in Italian, which translates as “The Stripes”, doesn’t that sound much better?). So yeah, I like this photograph quite a bit despite it’s apparent banality.


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