Shooting with a prime lens and zone-based manual is an almost Zen-like experience. No zoom to worry about. No panic as which focus points were selected or whether or not they happened to lock on to something completely random. The camera becomes a transparent tool that shoots as soon as you touch the shutter button. There are many ways to set up zone focus, but I settled on a very simple rule-of-thumb. All I need to know is the focal length and roughly how much of the frame is being […]
Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona.
I am not sure how she was able to walk with all of those bags… Carrer de Santa Anna, Barcelona.
Cutting jamón at a Torres wine, ham and cheese tasting event outside of Palau Robert, Barcelona.
Carrer del Carme, Barcelona. The alcove is drinking fountain, built in to the side of the old hospital.
Two children playing, Barcelona.
Three 50mm street images, again taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 50L in Barcelona.
Someone taking out one of the city hire-bikes, Barcelona. Taken with a full-frame DSLR and 50mm lens. This shows clearly the difference between images taken with the smaller cameras and those take with a large DSLR. The subject is looking away, giving time to move in to position to get the composition, aim the camera and focus. The slower photographic process usually results in a much better composed picture (the verticals and symmetry here were wonderful), but lacks the spontaneity of the images from the smaller cameras. I really like the look […]
A mixture of soft-core pornography and hard-core science fiction at the Sant Antoni Sunday book market, Barcelona.
It is getting too hot here, and it seems like we have jumped straight from winter in to mid-summer.
Street art, Barcelona.
Fruit stand with giant melons (well, sandías), Carrer de la Riera Alta, Barcelona.
Disconcertingly cheerful butcher’s delivery alongside a meat carcass, Carrer de Jerusalem (La Boqueria), Barcelona.
This post describes the cameras that we [or at least one of us – the other is an innocent accomplice – ed] use for Street Photography and the characteristics of each. In street photography, the camera you use is at least as important for the relationship to the subject and your ability to use it fluidly and transparently as it is to image quality. Camera choice is a very personal and subjective topic, and so this is going to be a very subjective post. Currently we use three different cameras: […]
Two women chatting and smoking near the Boqueria, Carrer de la Petxina, Barcelona. One of the odd things about photographing Barcelona is how similar some of these images are to those taken in the 1970’s and 1980’s.