Street Photography – Olympus OM-D EM-5; 34

Welcome to part 34 of my street photography series taken with my Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm lens (the poor man’s Summilux) on or around the streets of Cardiff. There’s a few odd/interesting one’s in here this time around, as always please comment. Let’s begin.

Runner.jpg ISO 200, f4, 1/640th sec. Back in March Cardiff held a half marathon that attracted international status as being part of the world championships for long distance running. With that said there was quite a few professional sportsmen and women in the City that weekend, a lot of the time casually jogging about in the city centre. As this guy was, I can not remember what country he was from but I’m thinking Spain purely because I remember a large group of Spanish runner’s going past at about the time I took this image. I like this for the bold and bright light hitting him and making him stand out against the darker and shadowed background, like a natural flashgun has been used.

Skipping.jpg ISO 200, f4, 1/640th sec.I like the framing of this one, the girl with her skipping rope framed by the trees and the long branch stretching out across the path.

Smoking.jpg ISO 200, f4, 1/500th sec. Yeah he clearly clocked me (ho ho ho excuse the pun) taking a shot of him didn’t he? I love his sunglasses, he look’s like the coolest and most casual man ever to smoke a cigarette next to a jewellery shop.

Snappy Dresser.jpg ISO 800, f4, 1/30th sec. What a snappy dresser! I love the patterning on the clothing around the storefront and the hat’s, I mean does that one on the far right have a feather sticking out of it? Incredible. This is the kind of look I wish I could pull of without looking like an imbecile.

The Lone Reader.jpg ISO 800, f4, 1/2500th sec. The shadows break around the bench and the girl making her stand out amongst the large empty space around her.

There's No River Here.jpg ISO 800, f4, 1/100th sec. I titled this one “There’s no river here” because there isn’t and I have no clue where these two were going with their rubber dinghy, it’s quite a walk to the river from here. Although strictly speaking the river was once at this point, I recently discovered that in the 1800’s this part of Cardiff was drained and the river effectively moved west by around a quarter of a mile to where it now stands. Maybe they knew something I didn’t?

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