So as 2018 draws to a close, I had the final chance to get out and shoot some street photography, in and around London Bridge yesterday.
Despite it being particularly dank and foggy, at least one fairly decent image – of a man carrying a cutout of Dame June Whitfield – did present itself. The fact that Dame June had only passed away a few days before most probably had something to do with it.
I have already reviewed my 2018, so instead thought I’d just quickly go a bit technical about yesterday.
Olympus EM1 MKII Custom Modes For Street Photography
One of the things I started utilising in my street photography this year, was setting the 3 custom modes on my Olympus OMD EM1 MKII.
This was something I’d never really considered before, but was something that really came in useful yesterday for the June Whitfield shots.
With street photography in mind, I have the 3 custom modes set at 1/250” and auto ISO, with each mode going from f/2.8 to f/5.6 to f/8. Then depending on the light it’s just a simple switch from one mode to the other, allowing the ISO to sort itself out. I also have the manual mode set at f/8 and 1/2000” if I need that for really sunny days (not often required during the UK’s winter months.)
Street Photos of Dame June Whitfield
Yesterday, I had set program mode to shoot black and white in-camera, as I was shooting some foggy scenes of the The Shard building, when I spotted this guy with the June Whitfield cutout.
Rather than fiddle around changing P mode back to colour and raw (and risk missing the shot) I simply switched to the custom mode I needed (already pre-set for colour and RAW) and then got the shots in a split second. It really took the thought, fiddling and delay out of the equation for me.
So, if you do have custom modes available on your camera, it’s an excellent idea to set them to your regular street shooting settings so are there at the flick of a switch when you are shooting something else.
Anyhow, here are 4 more street shots from yesterday’s short time around London Bridge.
London Street Photos
Happy New Year’s Eve 2018
So all that leaves me to do is wish you all a happy and enjoyable New Year, and see you more regularly in 2019!