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You knew how it would end

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Alf, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    846
    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I've been seriously thinking of a new GX1, and as prices online seemed little better, I decided to enjoy a walk into town for the full shopping experience in a brick-and-mortar authentic camera shop - they are almost extinct, but there are a few, historical of course this being Tuscany.

    So here I am, stepping out of the train into Florence and its art.
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    kitty in Florence di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL1 with 20/1.7 Lumix - snapseed edit

    Florence is full of light, the sky is clean, and the town is in full Pitti mode: the beautiful people of the fashion sistem, tens of thousands of buyers from the whole planet, and an indeterminate amount of innocent bystanders all head to the Fortezza and the nearby squares, mixing with the constant stream of tourist and the crowd heading in for the sales. Impromptu events litter the streets and squares, usually together.

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    just in di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL1 with 20/1.7 Lumix - snapseed edit

    Then I enter this little room full of Leicas new and old, marvel at old glass and at its prices looking like serial numbers, and get to play with many a camera. On to the GX1, play, touch, play again with my 20/1.7, hmm. It seems difficult to get the pics I like, more than with my E-PL1. Maybe it's the IBIS, maybe it's the different controls, and maybe it's me. Not so sure anymore.

    While I think on this I spot a little black duck in the back of the display, and ask for a test. Again, on the 20mm, good. Kit lens, yes. And it's tiny but not so much, and damn fast.

    And I exit the shop much poorer, and the proud owner of a matt black E-PL3 and Olympus 45mm and head to the street to play with my new toy.

    Shoppers and protesters take a moment of rest and chat.
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    Politics. di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    Onlookers or plainclothes police taking notice of me.
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    Fashion,Politics di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And the works. Love this highlights.
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    Firenze di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    You know where I'm heading, the famous black hole of world tourism, around which all orbits.
    They all head there.
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    see di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    From the direction she is looking, she just spotted where the Chanel shop is.
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    over there di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    He is lost in the forms, drawing statues.
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    Drawing di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    He looks at a girl, at many naked statues together, and thinks. It shows.
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    what is he seeing? di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    Meanwhile I head on to the calm place over there, Santa Croce.
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    Santa Croce di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Not alone, of course. Here's that fast autofocus they were talking about.
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    Running in Santa Croce di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Then, an alley out. "Icché c'è c'è" is Tuscan for "you're getting what we have".
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    trattoria di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    After all that beauty, they walk and shop. Quite well dressed to be normal tourists, maybe they are here for Pitti. Or maybe they are just like this everyday.
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    Shopping di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Meanwhile life in town goes on as usual, more or less. A wedding photo session I bumped into here and there. Meet Serious Wedding Photographer.
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    A Pro, wedding shooting di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And the bride, just near the Duomo. Don't know if they flied half the world to get married here, or belong to the growing Chinese community in nearby Prato. But it seems they enjoy the place.
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    Wedding shoot di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And he enjoys the sight too, +1 for cultural integration, it seems.
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    Very happy di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Over there, someone is lost and asks his way out.
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    Crime never sleeps di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    Someone is on duty, as always.
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    on duty di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit

    They head to their afternoon out and a cup or two,
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    One, two, three di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - OOC jpeg

    And I head home a happy duck.
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    Sit di alfrjw, su Flickr
    E-PL3 with 45/1,8 - snapseed edit
     
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  2. RetroBoy

    RetroBoy Mu-43 Regular

    Fantastic series Alf. What a vibrant place to be able to test out your new kit.

    Congrats on the new gear, gotta love those OOC jpegs. Looks like you've got your settings dialed in just right. Great looking photographs.
     
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  3. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    David
    Sensationally good stuff - enjoyed it immensely, can't wait to get out and about with the 45mm.
     
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  4. nseika

    nseika Mu-43 Veteran

    260
    Nov 22, 2010
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Lois
    Loves 6, 7 and 8.
    Really beautiful peoples in the pretty city and interesting what seems like normal daily activities :)

    and the place looks so clean. Really making me envious :D
     
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  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Fantastic , I am already in love with Olympus and 45mm 1.8 is a real gem

    Cheers
     
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  6. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    Nice and sharp images! I love the shots of the wedding photographer and the bride.

    I bought myself an E-PL3 as a backup to my E-P3 couple months ago, but after being so used to the display of the E-P3, I often find myself missing focus with the E-PL3, especially when coupled with the 45mm f/1.8. I have less of such problem with shorter focal length lenses...
     
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  7. NickLeon

    NickLeon Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Oct 20, 2010
    Somerset UK
    Marvellous stuff Alf - but now I have to get that 45mm f/1.8!
     
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  8. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    411
    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    excellent pictures! finally got rid of the epl1 and got an upgrade....for myself i traded my epl1 for a ep3, couldnt be happier.
     
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  9. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Thanks for sharing the purchase story and great first images, Alf! Congratulations on the new camera!
     
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  10. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    517
    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Bob
    Great story! Great photos! Enjoy your new gear, Alf. And if you get yourself a coat like the artist is wearing ("drawing" photo) you'll never need a camera bag. Love those pockets :smile:
     
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  11. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    685
    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    Thanks Alf. Enjoyed the caption as much as the photos. Definitely a worthwhile visit to the mu-43 forums today.
     
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  12. destro92179

    destro92179 Mu-43 Rookie

    19
    Jan 17, 2012
    Socal
    Well done! I love my epl3 and 45 setup as well.
     
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  13. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    What a fun photo essay! Thank you.
     
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  14. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    856
    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Alf, you always take great photos - not to mention they're fun reading too.

    Congrats on the new gear!