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Chinese New Year Stuff (Canids).

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by nwheal, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England
    Today saw me meeting up with 12 other photographers for an assault on London and the Chinese New Year festival.

    I must say it was a good day and I have had a blast, the best thing of the day is I have a new Fav lens already.... Most of the day saw me totting the 45mm ƒ1.8 which produced some great shots, as well as using the 40-150 to get a little bit of extra reach when shooting through the crowds.

    Whilst on the train to London I was having a few doubts as to if the Olympus Pen would be responsive enough for my normal candid day out, that was doubt was banished once I hit the crowds... the focusing was rapid and spot on, and since I only had one battery with me (Note to self remember to order another one) I shot till I ran out of Juice.

    I thought that I would get into trouble a lot soon with running out of juice as I was leaving the camera on all the time and just utilizing the sleep function as I thought turning on and off would be too slow and I might miss some shots, however the start up time is quite rapid but I still left it on all day.

    Ended up shooting a total of 254 frames before the battery finally said enough is enough you have had your quota for the day.

    So out of the X100 and the Pen which is my camera of choice for crowd surfing..... I would have to say the Pen, it performed flawlessly and the AF speed and accuracy is blistering and leaves the X100 standing at the start line wondering what happened. However on looks the X100 has it ..... its a pretty little beast even though Fuji could have put as much love and thought into the inner workings and AF system as they did with the exterior design.

    So down to images now..... I will put a section of images in the thread but if you want to see the other it would be best to pop over to my Pbase site I will but a link bellow this paragraph before the images.

    Recent Shots Photo Gallery by Nigel Wheal at pbase.com

    1. 40-150mm
    View attachment 189850
    2. 40-150mm
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    3. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/1.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    4. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/1.8    1/1250s    ISO 200

    5. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/1.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    6. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/1.8    1/2000s    ISO 200

    More to Follow......
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  2. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England
    Here are some more...

    7. 45mm
    View attachment 189856
    8. 45mm
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    9. 40-150mm
    E-P3    ---    78mm    f/4.7    1/200s    ISO 500

    10. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/1.8    1/500s    ISO 200

    11. 45mm
    E-P3    ---    45mm    f/2.2    1/320s    ISO 200

    12. 45mm
    View attachment 189861


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  3. Wes7

    Wes7 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 22, 2011
    Great post Nigel. I love numbers one and five. Both are absolutely stunning portraits. The Pens really do well with a telephoto. I've been a little bit lazy with getting outside and shooting lately, but you've inspired me to get the camera and my 50 out and get to work!
  4. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
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  5. LDraper

    LDraper Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    I really like your candids. I keep wanting to get images more like these, but find the interaction always a little challenging. Looks like the 45mm worked well for these quick portraits - they have a freshness and unselfconsciousness that I like.

    I just did a similar thing in New Mexico! I focused more on the performance. I shot with the EPM1 and the 40-150. It was really responsive, gratifyingly so.

    Here are a few from yesterday:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolndraper/6785154331/" title="P1281057 by L_Draper, on Flickr"> 6785154331_aa93ac2ff1_z. "640" height="480" alt="P1281057"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolndraper/6785155261/" title="P1281062 by L_Draper, on Flickr"> 6785155261_6654149a6d_z. "640" height="480" alt="P1281062"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolndraper/6785156211/" title="P1281065 by L_Draper, on Flickr"> 6785156211_9fb4dc03be_z. "480" height="640" alt="P1281065"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolndraper/6785157543/" title="P1281107 by L_Draper, on Flickr"> 6785157543_492fe8c8f6_z. "480" height="640" alt="P1281107"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolndraper/6785158535/" title="P1281110 by L_Draper, on Flickr"> 6785158535_c9b1c3140b_z. "640" height="480" alt="P1281110"></a>
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  6. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England
    Thanks for the comments Wes7, it was a fun day and I was swivelling round and round like a spinning top see shots in all directions.

  7. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England

    Yep was there having fun, most of the day was spent with the 45mm that little lens really rocks and I love the focal lenght.

  8. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England
    Thanks for comments, glad you like the candid, I think it's the fact that you are giving the subjects time to react to you pointing a camera at them that their natural expressions are still on their faces.

    Like your images, that is one thing I did not do, as I wanted to concentrate on the individuals attending.


  9. anidel

    anidel Mu-43 Regular

    May 13, 2011
    Twickenham, Uk
    I was in London yesterday as well (as I live nearby in Twickenham). I shot only a couple of pictures on film, so they'll be developed later on when I'll finish it and my gf shot with the E-PL2 (I still have to check her pictures).

    However I wanted to comment on one thing. I haven't seen any chinese walking of enjoying their festive day. Mostly were working selling their food, but on the streets?
    None. Or close to.
  10. nwheal

    nwheal Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2012
    Kent, England


    You are right quite a lot of the population was working during the festival but I saw quite a few that were just enjoying the day out with the family.

    Hope you managed to get some nice shots, have fun with the developing.

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