Street Photography: Film vs Digital

In general, there’re two approaches available for the street photographer who uses both digital and film cameras.

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With a digital camera, you could take multiple shots of the same scene.

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You could take a shot that you think might not work but do it just to see what happens.

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In other words, you could AFFORD to experiment with a digital camera.

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With a film camera, you’d tend to be more circumspect.

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This means that film photography reveals your competency.

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After all, even if you could afford it, a wasted shot is wasted film.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Singapore: Inside Out in London

This is an exhibition of Singaporean arts in London.

Singapore: Inside Out is a showcase of Singaporean art in Beijing, London and New York City. More info here.

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There were lots of announcements like this on the walls at Brick Lane.

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See – it’s here.

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The cyclist got in the way.

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Another cyclist.

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Yet another cyclist.

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That’s the Old Truman Brewery, converted into an arts and creative enterprises venue.

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The neighbourhood is so arty that even unadorned walls have character.

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At a café while waiting for the exhibition to open.

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Performance art – I confess I don’t really get it. Red and white are the colours of Singapore’s flag.

He’s leaving smoke trails on the window … is this an ironic commentary on the ephemeral nature of Singapore’s national culture at an exhibition of Singaporean art?

The overall mood, partly because of the candles, is rather funereal.

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That’s an installation on which the public is invited to scrawl/doodle.

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The installation is still clean … the exhibition had just opened, after all.

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Info panels.

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There’s a … grass lawn exhibit.

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This I understand – books on a shelf.

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Fortunate placement of people.

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That’s the Actors’ Tour, during which the monologues of various featured artists were performed.

There’s the mention of Singapore’s arts and culture policy, and a hint of self-conscious deprecation concerning state-sponsored art.

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I fired off a few shots before realizing my DSLR might be a little bit loud and distracting… I switched to my more discreet Olympus XA2 (more in another post).

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The performance art again – check out the funereal-looking candles.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Shoreditch, London

Took this from a London Overground station.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

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The Hatman at Old Spitafields Market.

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The Beltman.

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Wonderful-looking shop.

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Nice architecture.

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What’s there not to like? The area is walking distance from Brick Lane, has a business district, is where the Spitalfields Market is located.

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The shop, again.

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Nice building façade.

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Another time, another life – I would choose to live in the area.

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Nice colours too.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Brick Lane, London

Brick Lane!
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This was where I was really inspired.

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The arty and grungy environment gets one in the mood for street photography.

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Everything seems to fit.

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The people and the walls go well together.

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A fantastic indie label.

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A self-portrait.

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He was cutting grass.

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Cool dude.

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The colours are simply wonderful.

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They saw me and waved.

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Beautiful people, beautiful wall art.

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The kids were enjoying the art too.

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Lots of cyclists.

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A smile and a frown.

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Hard at work.

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Another cyclist.

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Cool name for a shop.

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Taking a break.

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Nice juxtaposition.

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Another cyclist.

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Mischievous dino – I thought the colours went well together.

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The street art is gorgeous.

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Street art is meant to be seen with and by people.

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They had those in Paris too.

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Just another day for her.

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A reminder that I need to get closer.

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At Brick Lane, the street photographs present themselves one after another.

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I can’t click fast enough.

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This place is a visual cornucopia.

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And I saw this – an exhibition of Singaporean art at Brick Lane.

As it turned out, I bumped into Randy Chan, the curator of the exhibition. I recognized him from a photo in a newspaper report on the exhibition.

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More on Singapore: Inside Out in another post.

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Funny.

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I couldn’t resist a final shot at the entrance of this excellent place.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

London’s Underground, British Museum

I was in the tube when I saw him.

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Very elegant, I thought.

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No one noticed.

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My camera’s shutter click was inaudible in the tube.

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Do I dare take another shot?

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OK – last one.

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Outside the British Museum.

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Inside the British Museum.

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At the Gloucester Road Station… or was it South Kensington?

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

London’s Chinatown, Hamleys and Oxford Street

Again, in London.

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The Hong Kong MTR in London.

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Ooh.

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Aah.

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Kowloon is in London.

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Heroic-looking man. There’re 5 people here but the eyes are drawn to a specific person.

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The folks at Hamleys.

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Along Oxford Street.

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Waiting man.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

London Street Photography

There’s no method to this madness called street photography.

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At Trafalgar Square: a straightforward shot.

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We’re all distracted people.

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Admiring Cezanne at the National Gallery.

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Consuming Monet.

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Blurry man against blurry painting.

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Around the Bloomsbury area – the lines “made sense” to me.

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A busy shot at the Covent Garden Market.

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T-shirts!

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Time for a sip.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM