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Waiting (E-PM1 1/250–f/2.8 30mm)

There’s something very compelling about candid and street photography. I suppose it’s the unpredictibility of the activity, combined with the risk of being caught by the subject, that makes it an intense experience at times. It’s also the genre of photography that draws the most criticism, especially in the survelliance obsessed and fearful world we now live in.

This family seemed to be waiting for someone. Father perhaps? Sister? I like the way the bold shapes on the wallΒ  visually push them into a corner. I also like the way the daylight spills through the doorway and accentuates their shapes and shadows.

I used an Olympus Pen EPM-1 with a Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN Art lens. The Sigma is very very sharp indeed! Not that I obsess over sharpness, but it’s certainly noticeable with this lens, and makes the most of the Pen’s 12mp Micro 4/3 sensor.

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Photo Story : Waiting
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16 thoughts on “Photo Story : Waiting

    • December 10, 2014 at 9:27 am
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      Me too Dawn! Just one of those fortunate moments, as so many of these often are.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 3:42 am
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    Hi Steve, thank you for including my blog as a potential place of interest..lol! This is a great photo! I to like to capture people. But it can awkward at times. I think most people just look at me as being a pint sized grandma, sightseeing and taking pictures..Which is true… lol!

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    • December 10, 2014 at 3:53 am
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      Thank you. Well, that perception would possibly help you get away with more candid photos πŸ™‚ I think they look at me and wonder what the heck I’m doing! I did have one guy approach me and ask why I was taking photos of someone else at amarket stall. I just sort of flubbed my way through a weak explanation that didn’t really answer his question.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 3:18 am
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    I also enjoy taking random pictures when someone is not watching… I always think the pictures look better and it’s unpredictable… Great shot…

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    • December 10, 2014 at 3:20 am
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      Oh, thank you. It’s funny though isn’t it? When I do it, people I know often look at my like I’m crazy. They ask why I’m taking photos of strangers, and I tell them that there’s a long history of doing the same!

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:20 am
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    Steve, great photo. I particularly like their facial expressions πŸ˜‰ I also like how you compose the picture. Lots for me to learn. Helen

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    • December 9, 2014 at 3:02 am
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      Thank you Helen πŸ™‚ Often, it’s just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Steve, great photo! Love that sense of anticipation, almost a negative one from their facial expressions, but probably added to by the diminsions of the spacial effects of the off-setting diagonal designs behind them…
    Sharpness is superb – you have come a long day since we first stumbled upon each other

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    • December 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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      Thanks you CB. It was the sense of waiting and anticipation in them that attracted me. The diagonal shapes are a serendipitous feature !

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  • December 8, 2014 at 8:38 am
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    That is a super sharp lens!!! You are developing quite a collection, love the shot, you are awsome.. is that your family posing for you;)

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    • December 8, 2014 at 8:41 am
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      Thanks TC πŸ™‚ No, that’s some random family ! I’ve no idea who. I just liked the look of the scene. Yeah, it’s one of the sharpest for the Micro Four Thirds system I think. A heck of a lot lighter than the Nikon!

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      • December 8, 2014 at 8:46 am
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        Love the shot and the lens, I wantnone!!! Lolol

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        • December 8, 2014 at 9:04 am
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          Hehe…If only they made them for Nikon….! Fortunately I got my Pen camera for half of a sale price, so snapped it up. I can use a ton of old lenses on it.

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