Street Photography Diary No. 5
I was back out shooting some street photos in Dublin this past weekend, and I had a great time doing it. It's been a bit of a challenge shooting street photography in the city here recently because of the massive amount of road and construction work going on. Basically they're extending one of the city's existing tram lines, which originally terminated at the south side of the city centre, to cross right through the heart of Dublin, and out the other side. This has led to roads being torn up, and metal fences and barricades everywhere. Apart from ruining the otherwise picturesque buildings, it also makes for some tight spaces, which doesn't help when you're trying to frame things. Mind you, the other way of looking at it is that it's a challenge. Of course, there's lots of other areas to shoot too, but the road works are affecting some of the busier and more iconic sights. I can only imagine what tourists must think at the moment, and there's a lot of Tourists in Dublin at the moment.
Actually, the tourist explosion has led to some interesting photo opportunities. There's great expressions to be had, and people who aren't from here, are generally more likely to wander around with a sense of wonder than the hapless locals, who are just grumbling about the road works! (Present company included!) I did my best to make use of both situations, and I think I got some food shots. I was really happy with this shot of a Tourist taking a selfie in Temple Bar. The light and texture and expression were all just perfect at the moment I clicked the shutter.
Gear wise, this little excursion involved a mix of Fuji X-E1 and Sony A6000. I had the Sigma 19mm lens on my Sony which I sued for wider shots and low down candids while shooting from the hip, while the Fuji was equipped with the superb Fuji 35mm. This two camera setup was useful because it meant that I didn't have to change lenses to shoot wider, although 19mm isn't great, but it does the job.
If you liked this post, don't forget to check out my Dublin Street Photography Project, The Streets of Dublin. It's a mix of cityscape and street photography images of Dublin City.