Captured at Georgetown Penang, Malaysia
Leica M 21mm Elmarit – M
Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a Hindu ritual event at my hometown. The devotees were wearing bright colour outfits, especially bright yellow clothes. Under the bright morning sunlight, it created a vibrant an colourful surroundings. I have been planning on my personal project of shooting a series of street photos with the motives and subjects of “Vibrant Yellow”. I managed to get a few keeper out of this shooting occasion.
Click the photos for larger and sharper view. (Photos were shot with Leica M with 50mm Summicron”)
I travel frequently to some coastal cities in People Republic of China (China). I discovered that it was tough to do street photography at these places. People are intimidated of being photographed. The following picture illustrates a common reaction by the subjects.
“Face of Discomfort” is another common reaction of the subjects.
I even tried to communicate with the subjects by starting a conversation or asked for permission to take photos so that the subjects would not feel intimidated. On many occasions, the moment the subjects realized that I am a street photographer and would like to snap a photo him, the subjects walked away and “disappeared” from my viewfinder.
Another common reaction illustrated by the following picture; the fruit seller disappeared from the store upon seeing me pointing the lens on her.
On a few occasion, I do meet friendly people that allowed me to photograph their activities. There was motive for granting me the permission. The following photo illustrated what I mean :
The very “business-minded” owner was trying to promote his product, the best biscuit in town. After the friendly photo session, I ended up buying a few packs of biscuit. I supposed there is “no free lunch “.
I once met with a fortune teller when I was roaming around the old alleys of Quanzhou. I saw him seated at the roadside with an interesting gesture. I hesitated to photograph the subject, I fear for unpleasant reaction.
The fortune teller upon seeing me he invited me to snap a few portraits of him. He said out loudly in Chinese, “come take a few photos of me and post the photos on the internet so that I would be famous, it will bring me more business….”
Was it the culture of urban Chinese that caused the intimidation ? A man with a camera that capturing photos at street is perceived as somebody from the “big brother” that is potentially “hazarded”. Or I am a lousy street photographer who had yet to acquire the skill of street photography.
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Shot @ Penang Malaysia (Hungry Ghost Festival)
Leica M with Canon 50mm F1.4 LTM Lens.
I saw this petty trader at a morning wet market at Georgetown Penang. She was busy dealing with customers that stopped by to buy fruits and vegetable. I made a few clicks with my camera. Upon my second attempt to trigger my shutter after re-composing my frame she saw me and waved at me and asked me not to photograph. I finished the shot and waved back as a gesture of “Thank You”.
Recently I shot a series of portraits of workers at a charcoal factory. The photos were shot using the Leica M with the 35mm Summicron ASPH. I had the intention to use also the a 50mm focal length lens but due to the dusty environment inside the factory I decided not to change lens. (Click the image for sharper resolution)
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Ever since I received my Leica M, I was keen to test out the high ISO (ISO 1600 and above) capability of the new CMOS sensor. I decided to test it at my favorite food store. This food store is famous for its stir-fried rice noodles, where many patrons come here for their supper. The lighting was very weak at the location. The ambient lighting made it an ideal location for the testing. I shot this set of photos with the 35mm Summicron ASPH using aperture priority mode and set the ISO to auto ISO. (click the image for sharper view)
Previously with my M9, I limited my ISO usage to1600 and below. With the Leica M, I am confidence to use ISO 1600 and above in ambient lighting environment. What do you think ? Your comments are welcome.