Recent Street Photography (with the Sony A6000)
I've been shooting some more street photography recently, partly as part of my review of the A6000, which was a good excuse to get out there, despite the really cold weather we've been having lately. I've written my first impressions of the little Sony camera already, and I'll be doing a full, comprehensive review once I've been using it for a few weeks.
It is quite enjoyable for use shooting street photography. The camera is very responsive and there's almost no lag or delay, which is great when trying to capture a fleeting moment that may only last a second or two. Take this shot of the Ambulance which whizzed by me. I only had a split second to react (it was going really fast), pull my camera up to my eye and focus and take the shot, but the A6000 managed to autofocus on it with no problems.
On a more philosophical note, using a camera you're unfamiliar with can make you get out of your comfort zone, and you see things differently. This is purely psychological, but it can work as a boost for inspiration. This will work with any camera, and I think it's part of the reason photographer's get so creative on Digital Rev's cheap camera challenge.
Anyway, here are some shots I took around Dublin over the last week or two. It was good to get back into it (I'd been away from shooting street Photography before christmas and in the new year due to a heavy design workload) and I hope you enjoy.
One last point about the A6000. One of my readers asked how I thought it compared to the Fuji cameras. I don't really want to open that can of worms right now, other than to say that rather than one being better than the other, both cameras have distinctly different looks. Images taken on a Fuji camera have a very distinct look to them, from the unique Fuji colours, to the way Fuji renders scenes quite bright. The Sony on the other hand renders images more like a traditional DSLR but with the right lens they can be very smooth and film like. So, I would choose to shoot with one or the other based on the look I was going for rather than absolute quality (which I haven't really tried to test for yet). I was asked about the autofocus too, and My A6000 has better autofocus than my X-E1 but that's not a fair comparison as the X-E1 is an older camera and the autofocus on newer Fuji's is much better.
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