Today I had some time in London to do a bit of street photography. It isn”t something I have done a lot of before and I found it quite difficult to spot opportunities for creating some good images. I started shooting around 5pm and finished around 9pm (with a stop for some food and beer!).
I used 2 lenses – the Nikon 70-200mm VR I and the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 although the Sigma was on 80% of the time as I felt the longer lens was too intrusive and obvious for capturing the images I wanted. In fact I think all the final images I choose for this entry bar one where taken on the Sigma 50mm which is fast becoming my favourite lens.
I am not sure about the next photo – I like the shadow but could get the crop correct – it seems as though there may too much of the actual women.
I waited ages to get the next image – the lighting was good and the women were heavily lit by the light from the shop window. I took 100 photos at this location to get this image. As with all the photos I took today this was hand held.
The next image is actually my favourite of the shots I took today – It was a quick shot that I saw and I managed to focus correctly – which did prove difficult with the tolerance that you have with F/1.4. It wasn’t the fault of the D800 – just the operator. I do wish I had used face focus more though.
I have also included a few more of the images I took below.
In total I took 450 RAW images and 5 videos. I also used the screen on the back of the camera a lot. My battery went to its lowest yet of 53% left. One thing that I have noticed more and more with the D800 is that it does over expose photos. This isn”t a problem as I set -0.3EV to compensate. I just don”t understand why Nikon would do that? It is very good practice to expose to the RHS of the histogram though as this great article from Luminous Landscape illustrates