Sunday, September 5, 2010

That's a lot of photographs to absorb into your mind at once, but it makes up for the weeks of absence where I was being unposty. I came to my grandparents house in MI, which alone is awesome, but I found out that the Centerville flea market was tonight. I shot here last year and got some okay stuff. The sky was cloudy and the light was dull but I figured I'd find a way to make something work. Right when we got there, the sun broke through the clouds and cast everything in the same beautiful golden light as last year.

I dared myself to shoot with only the G11 and iPhone this weekend, and they served me well tonight. I started using a Yashica Electro 35 external viewfinder on the G11 and now it handles like a completely different camera. Framing is quick and accurate. I also blackened in the bright white "G11" and "Canon" logos on the front, so it's not so flashy.

I was able to get right up close to people without them noticing, like I did last time. I think it's a mentality of people around here. I think they're not into appearances as much as city folk, so they don't care about who's watching them. Having an almost imperceptible shutter sound helped a lot too. The G11 is officially my favorite street camera again.

One more note: It's easy to get obsessed with sensor size and start to believe that larger is better in all situations. It's something I've been tossing around lately, too. However, if I shot this with a full frame camera, I'd have to stop down to at least f/8 or f/11 to get this depth of field, which would make this low light shooting near impossible. Sometimes smaller is better.