Street Photography – Olympus OM-D EM-5; 52

Some of you may be aware I visited Italy a few weeks ago, I turned thirty years old and really did not want to do that in the UK so a holiday to the country whose language I’ve been learning for a while seemed a good idea. Anyway while I was there I got the chance to do a little street photography, since being a tourist people practically ignore you snapping away with your camera, this post has a few of the images I took, there’ll be a lot more to come. As usual all taken on my Olympus OM-D Em-5 and either Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm or M.Zuiko 17mm lenses.

All eyes on her.jpg ISO 200, f4, 1/320th sec, 25mm. A pretty standard scene in Venezia, Gondolier sat waiting for business, cafe waiter setting up tables and an old fella, all staring as a girl walks past and out of shot.

Alley Venice.jpg ISO 800, f4, 1/500th sec, 25mm. Venezia was pretty much just this, narrow alleys, shadows and light, and every now and again a person sat or walking through.

Bar.jpg ISO 800, f1.4, 1/100th, 25mm. Taken in Mercato Centrale di Firenze, my favourite marketplace in the world as not only does the outside sell pretty much nothing but Tuscan leather but the interior has this awesome street food set up. Any place that has food and beer in and serves Birra Moretti on tap is good in my book. On this image I like how the shallow depth of field from the wide aperture makes the beer taps disappear into the distance while they repeat.

Boat Trip.jpg ISO 400, f4, 1/4000th, 25mm. On a boat trip to see some of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon, it was pretty damn hot on the inside of the boat so sitting out the back where the tiny breeze could be felt was a must. It also meant great views and the chance to snap a few shots of unsuspecting people as the shadows from the boat’s roof fell over them.

Burano Alley.jpg ISO 400, f8, 1/160th sec, 25mm. Another alleyway, this time on the Isola di Burano in the Venetian lagoon. I like how the dark shadow of the foreground narrows the vision of the image as you move to the mid and rear of the photo, leading you to scene of the woman and the child.

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