To be honest, I do not like winter much. Winter makes me lazy, sleepy and dry! But it is probably the best season for shooting street at night. Especially during the vacation between Christmas and NEW YEAR. The streets become full of lights, people be in a festive mood and give awesome emotion to each photograph clicked. I definitely love winter from this perspective. In India we are named secular, but we celebrate each and every festivity with full joy and swing. Be it an Eid, i hug everyone possible :P , or in Christmas, I eat so many cakes of every possible flavour sometimes I forget their individual taste! In this blog, let’s talk about Christmas. In a post-colonial Kolkata, we witness an overall celebration of Christmas, but there are some trademark place where we can see it in its full lights, cakes and ale. Specially, in Park Street, Bo Barracks or in some shopping plaza there remain full light decor with colour and flavour. Let me give you a taste of that in the following pictures.
Colours and Lights (Shutter Speed - 1/80 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
Park Street (Shutter Speed - 1/100 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
A Portrait of My Brother (Shutter Speed - 1/20 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
This weekend, I went through those places and managed to shot thousands of pictures with this amazing gear set-up, OMD EM5 and M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 ; this set-up is fast enough to give me awesome workable results in low light conditions. I encourage you to use this set-up at night, and it will blow your mind with its stability, picture quality and responsiveness. I have used APS-C D-SLRs at night shooting street before, but nothing comes closer to this amazing MFT set-up in AF Speed, and its accuracy. It is just sublime to work with. Plus, this gear is so small for a pro-set-up, you get away with easy sneak-peeks full of emotion and happenings. People notice you less, and you come back with more unaware, true emotions in your SD card.
Blue Lights (Shutter Speed - 1/100 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 400)
Lights of Carol (Shutter Speed - 1/160 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200)
The Lonely Gazer (Shutter Speed - 1/40 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
Juxtaposition (Shutter Speed - 1/100 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
Crystals (Shutter Speed - 1/1600 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200)
As Christmas to New Year span is always a vacation for me of Lights, Colours and Actions, I have selected these street shots only to give you a flavour of Kolkata as a City of Joy. Hope you have enjoyed them and will be more inspired by this amazing OMD-EM5 with 45mm f/1.8 lens’ performance in low light.
Another low light portrait of my brother (Shutter Speed - 1/30 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
Santa Got a Fan (Shutter Speed - 1/40 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800)
Depth of Field (Shutter Speed - 1/100 Sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 320)
I wish you all Merry Christmas and an advance Happy New Year!!!