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The London Gent – LEICA 50mm Summilux-M – 1/250 / f5.6 / ISO 200

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London Westminster to South Bank

Right beside the RIVER THAMES, the South Bank is a dynamic area at the heart of London’s cultural scene. The tree-lined riverside walkway, lined with arts venues and restaurants, stages frequent fairs and street theatre. Sightseers admire iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Bridge. There's always an abundance of people and opportunities for the street photographer, even on a cold January day.

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Shooting on the Move

Auto exposure, fixed ISO and manual focus, walking with camera to eye... avoiding eye contact and subject interaction. Focus action is rocked back and forth in continual correction.

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LEICA 50mm Summilux-M – 1/500 / f1.4 / ISO 200

Up Close and Personal

Stealthily moving in closer and lower, achieving a variation on a theme. The point of focus in all 3 shots is the burning cigarette. Each focus action is made prior to recomposing the frame.

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Street Portraiture

Candid street portraiture may be a part of the wider photographic scene whereas arranged portraiture can serve as an individual character study. Priority aperture selection of f1.4 together with a fixed ISO of 200, allows the exposure to be controlled via the camera shutter speed.

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LEICA 50mm Summilux-M – 1/4000 / f1.4 / ISO 200

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LEICA 50mm Summilux-M – 1/45 / f1.4 / ISO 200

Through Twilight into Dusk

After sunset, ISO is increased to 1600 to allow handheld photography to continue through twilight into dusk. Working without a tripod is conducive to discreet, candid street photography.

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LEICA 35mm Summicron-M / left to right – 1/350 f2.0 ISO 1600 – 1/180 f2.0 ISO 1600 – 1/125 f2.8 ISO 1600

Sunset and Nightfall

At ISO 200 the sunset scene is 5 stops brighter than the ambient light at night, which nears a practical limit at ISO 1600 when shooting wide-open at 1/60 or 1/30 second.

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LEICA 35mm Summicron-M / left to right – 1/60 / f4.0 / ISO 200 — 1/30 / f2.8 / ISO 1600

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LEICA 35mm Summicron-M – 1/60 / f2.0 / ISO 1600

The London Gent

Compare The London Gent with that of the subsequent frame, captured from the same vantage point a mere 3 seconds later. The gentleman assumes priority in the composition, centred against the watercolour backdrop, with brolly and best foot forward.

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