#S_daysingle – discoveries from the street

Cutting it fine this week peeps! But to make up for my tardiness I’m posting two pics instead of one. Steel yourself for a rambling post that potentially won’t make a lot of sense. Welcome, welcome to my muddled brain.

Why so tardy and rambly? Head On Photography Festival. Exhibitions, talks, volunteering and 2 x photowalks this week, suddenly it’s Saturday. FARRRRRRRK! no photo yet! So, late yesterday arvo while I was in town for the instameet, I actually put the phone away and pulled out the big girl camera to roll off a few frames on the streets of Sydney.

As soon as I took the first frame (well first ten frames of this one frame) I went ‘holy moly this thing can really snap’. I’m still bothered by my surprised reaction today (pursing lips and shaking head as I type). I should know that. How could I forget that? Please don’t say ‘you use your phone too much’ (even though I’m pretty sure that’s the answer).

Saturday smoko Sydney streets

Smoko reflection
(Canon 60D, nifty-fifty, f4, 1/125, ISO 400, exp -1) processed with VSCO Fuji 160

As much as it can snap, it’s feels so big. Even with just the nifty fifty lens I really don’t like using it on the street. I think it’s because with the iphone I feel part of the street – I’m just like everyone else. With the SLR, I do feel much more self conscious (and conspicuous). Maybe I’m not? Maybe I just need to get the f.ck over myself and harden the f.ck up? Possibly. Probably.

Sydney TAB George St #S_daysingle

George Street men’s shed
(Canon 60D, nifty-fifty, f1.8, 1/125, ISO 400 exp -1) processed with VSCO Fuji 160

Soooo … if I want to shoot on the street AND I want the quality of my SLR with the blendability of my iphone … I think we need to discuss my options. Photo friends, talk to me. Tell me about your camera.
What do you have?
What do you use it for?
What do you like about it?
What do you dislike about it?
If money was no object, what would be your dream camera (or lens)?

I’m sure I’m not going to buy one tomorrow (unless I won 21 million bucks last night) but I am starting to wonderponder*.

*shut up spell check that is so totally a word

10 thoughts on “#S_daysingle – discoveries from the street

  1. I’m a firm believer in mirrorless cameras, for their size/weight and lack of conspicuousness, compared to an SLR kit. The downside is I don’t have a zoom lens option at the moment, so I’m only shooting prime lenses.

    My main street photography set up is Leica M9 with 50 or 35, f 1.4 lenses.
    My back up is Sony A7s, for it’s silent shutter – that feature is not a gimmick.

    • Yes I’m starting to seriously think about mirror less. I’m very loyal to canon if they had something serious in this space I would totally go that way but I don’t think their eos m is developed enough to be a real consideration. The a7 is defo on my list, it feels good in my hand. Silent shutter indeed wow amazing! I’m afraid to try a Leica I have a feeling I might like a little too much … And not sure that is in the budget in the near future. Thanks so much for giving food for thought!

    • Hey victor thanks for stopping by. I’m thinking for kids family and wedding I still like the idea of the slr and nice glass. I covet the 50mm 1.2 swoon. It’s more for street. I do have a g16 that I used when I was in NYC (I took my slr and didn’t use it even once) but sometimes I wouldn’t mind a bit more grunt.

  2. I know what you mean about the phone being more convenient/less obvious. I sometimes feel like a wally with my big girl (Canon 6D) taking photos, especially if other people end up in the shot. These street photos are great, I love the man in the shed, such a natural shot, just what street photography is all about. Once you learn the trick to feeling less self conscious, please let me know!! The best way is just to put away the phone and have the DSLR handy at all times, then you get a bit more used to it. But the phone is so handy to just pop in and out at a moments notice…

  3. You know what I’m going to say…so I’m not even going to say it ๐Ÿ™‚ You want to play again? and this time we will go streetside and talk the camera talk. I bloody love that camera. Discreet, but with the goods.

  4. Ha, yes. I do know what you will say ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, another play sounds good. I did actually go into JB yesterday and picked it up. It’s certainly good option price-wise (and for lens options). The Sony is a HEAP more exy. I really would like to win the lotto! Then I can get one of all the cameras, like noah and the ark … kinda.

  5. I especially love that first shot Rachael. You really have a gift. I’ve not used my ‘big girl’ camera in a while actually. Must rectify that. Do you ever get the urge to shoot analogue?

  6. You are so kind Rebecca, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Indeed you really must make a date with your big girl camera. It’s funny you know, I watched this great little video last night https://vimeo.com/114507893 (I did an photowalk with Markus Andersen a few weeks ago which was AWESOME) and the sound of the ‘flick flick’ to wind on and the shutter sound on the hasselblad made me actually think I should do a little more film shooting (not that I actually have a hasselblad but man I want one after watching it). I will rectify that and I’ll let you know when I do. You let me know when you’ve taken that big girl camera out for a walk too.

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