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To celebrate National Camera Day I wanted to talk about my favorite camera/lens combo. Like most photographers I have a certain passion within photography. It’s where I feel most comfortable shooting and it’s the place I always gravitate to. For me, that passion is Street Photography and the urban landscape.
With minimal time to explore my passion on a daily basis because of life’s commitments I need a camera that is ready to go in an instant, pack easily for travel and is light to carry. When I need this combo I am turning to my Olympus OM-D E-M10 coupled with the M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 prime lens.
This combination is just about perfect for me from field of view, nearly 35mm in a full frame equivalent, which lets me capture what I naturally see with my own eyes. Its super quick auto focus coupled with the ability to shoot in very dark situations makes it the tool of choice. I can go from a bright sunny day in the streets to inside a museum and have the ISO range to capture it all.
Over memorial weekend I went to a very large flea market at Croswell Stock Yards in Croswell, MI. I had gone last year but not during this weekend. This one was their big weekend. The place is packed from 7:00am on. I think too often when you tell people you are a street photographer they think you are automatically hanging out in the big cities like New York or Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, those are great places, but practicing the art of street photography can happen anywhere, even flea markets.
I love the diverse crowd a flea market brings and the interaction of the people. You see emotions of reminiscing to haggling over the price of a used Vise Grip. You have to work with the light outside depending if you are in areas covered by trees or not. This is not unlike walking through streets with sky scrapers trying to balance your exposures. Besides the interesting crowd and their interactions you have the items. Simply stated there is something about a crate of old dusty bottles or a bucket full of rusty sprockets that just begs for an image to be made. Make the ordinary and simple beautiful by capturing it in a new way.
The next time you say to yourself that you can’t do street photography because you don’t live near a big city, look up your nearest flea market. You will be quite pleased with what you find.
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