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| p.1 #8 · Weekend in Seoul (street photography) |
Seems indeed, holding eachother is not an exception ( like over here) but more a "public" thing ( as in #4)
I wonder, what aperture do you use in general ?
Often, for street photography, one uses a small aperture ( at least f5.6, f8 ...), in order to have enough dof, which you seem lacking in #2, 5, 7
And off course, shutter speed, should be sufficiŽnt enough ( #4).
What camera and "method" do you use ?
PS Rather unusual, to see a Hasselblad with that flash
Velu, thank you for taking the time to look and comment.
The more I noticed them holding hands, or each other, with happy expressions on their faces, I realized maybe we could learn something from their culture. My intention with this 'project' (and yes, my goal was to shoot couples and so I did) was to capture the love between them, specifically touching. After having just participated in a marriage retreat, Gary Chapman's 'Love Language' of "personal touch" was the easiest to capture, especially in strangers. My intention is to improve in this facet of photography and continue to capture the smiling faces and happy couples as I travel, eventually putting something together--an album, collage, or story of some sort.
In general, I don't really use any specific aperture--just depends on what I'm shooting. In this application, I chose f/2.8 because it was around 2 stops down from the max of the 50mm f/1.4, which gave me a slightly broader DOF whilst still being fast. I wasn't as concerned with stopping motion, but didn't want that P&S look of f/16, you know? As previously mentioned, I shot in Av mode because I wanted to instantly capture the mood without having to adjust exposure. I spent most of the day walking, but also stopped along the way on street corners to give myself more coverage, which in turn changed how the light hit the couples depending on which direction they were coming from or going.
I agree with your statement about using f/5.6 or f/8 and as you can see I may have captured one of the partners nicely, but left the other OOF. This is where I'm asking for suggestions. What is more important, low ISO (thus less noise) or more DOF? I also need to consider using a longer lens to get more reach as I don't exactly want to be intrusive. I enjoyed travelling light with just the 50 f/1.4 and leaving my bag at the hotel. Besides, the next step up for me would have been the 70-200 which is heavy, bulky, and attracts attention.
Camera and method? I've got a 30D w/ grip here with me, but primarily use the 5D2 w/out grip. Honestly, this is the first time I've shot in Av mode in a while. I prefer manual, but don't feel confident in my ability to adjust quickly enough to get the shot the instant I want it, make sense? However, you may notice a few of the latter shots were shot in manual exposure mode. After the fireworks display, I found a parking garage with a large sign lighting the sidewalk. I metered people as they walked by and chose 1/50, but at a higher ISO...shot just as an interesting couple would walk into that light. Not a big fan of noise so I scrapped a lot of those shots.
You can see a few more from the outing at: http://www.kcrawphotography.com/Travel/Seoul/25787819_KwG3CP#!i=2133749989&k=k8M8TPS
The girl with the Hassleblad...not a great composition, but happy with what I got. Not sure if she spoke English, but she understood that I wanted to take her picture. At first she thought I wanted to see and touch her camera because she tried to hand it to me. I would have liked to, but was more interested in taking her photo. I agree, and didn't notice at first, that she had a Canon 430 EX II mounted on some sort of adapter in the hot shoe.
Overall, I had a great time but of course would like to improve. I'm all ears for suggestions!