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By alistairfarrugia    
This is one of a series of street shots I took at Florence whilst on my honeymoon with my dear wife!

I was experiment with slow-ish shutter speeds focusing on still subjects and ensuring there was movement in the frame to get a sense of subject isolation. I liked how this one turned out. Got others of this sort that I'll upload later. Hope you like!

Comments, critique and mods welcome!

[Shot as JPEG, f/18, 1/6", ISO 100, Exp Comp: -1, No flash]

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Candid Cool Candid shots Florence Firenze Text message

Voters: PhillipMinnis, ColleenA, LynneJoyce and 5 more


ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
19 Jun 2013 6:28AM
Excellent work, I have been dying to try this technique, well done works great in mono and love your title
alistairfarrugia 9 164 88 Malta
19 Jun 2013 6:33AM
Thanks Colleen, that was quick. Smile It's a fairly easy technique once you start finding subjects. Try walking amongst the crowds, locate still people (typically taking a picture, checking mobile phone, reading a map, etc) and ensure you have a slow shutter speed of around 1/5th to 1/20th of a second. You're likely going to get this kind of shot. Stay as steady as possible though - you don't want to introduce shake to the image. My images show this too if you look at the "still" guys. At 1/6th it's really hard to get it fully still even with IS on.

The first shot was at 32mm and the second at 24mm. The IS should have helped me go as low as 1/5th - 10th of a second, but irrespective how good the IS is you'll likely still get some shake introduced to the pic.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2013 7:12AM
An excellent ideas ell executed.

These were taken on your honeymoon. Shouldn't you have been devoting your attention to your wife?
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2467 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2013 9:05AM
V1 in particular demonstrates the curious phenomenon of the single sharp foot... Wink It also has those three wonderfully accusing faces on the poster inside the shop.
Your Exif isn't showing up but I was guessing about 1/10 second for these. That's the slowest that I can hope to hand-hold steadily. 1/20 is safer but you need people walking fairly briskly. It's terrific fun because it's so unpredictable, and it captures the atmosphere of a busy street better than anything else for me.
alistairfarrugia 9 164 88 Malta
19 Jun 2013 7:09PM
Thanks for the comments Lynne and Moira - Lynne - it's all a question of balance... she didn't mind the pictures don't worry. We had time for everything hehehe.

Moira, I loved shooting these. It was an experiment for me and I enjoyed the outcome! Glad you like them too!
alistairfarrugia 9 164 88 Malta
19 Jun 2013 8:03PM
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