On the street: Chinese New Year.

CNY Parade 2012I am, in a word, exhausted.

For the first time in a long time I went down to the CBD to take some photos at an event. The Chinese New Year Parade, to be exact. And while I was only walking around for about two hours before I lost the light, that was enough. Thankfully I wore my ‘sensible’ shoes (<3 you ecco) so while I’m dead tired, my feet don’t hurt.

The photo above was one of only two photos that was really CNY-themed. Pretty much everything else were shots of the people there to see the parade. At the end, when the light was pretty much gone, I wandered up towards Central Station and channeled my inner Lewis Baltz, taking pictures of metal roller doors and the like.

Overall I’m pretty happy with what I got. When I got home I did a preliminary pass-thru to see what I liked and there were about eight that I thought were deserving of another look. I am trying to put some distance between when I take the photo and when I decide which ones to put on Flickr or 500px, but I can’t help but look as soon as I get home.

I really really love my little X100 and finally feel like I am getting the hang of it. I pretty much used manual/zone focusing tonight, with a tap of the AE lock button when I had the time (and remembered…). The only big hiccup was that I didn’t seem to hit the RAW button when I thought I did. Shooting only JPGs wouldn’t have been an issue, except for the fact that I had turned the colour setting to B&W so I could chimp in B&W (which is what I like to convert most of my street work to). /sigh. Other than that, I’m really confident now about shooting with the camera – it only took six or seven months… But it was worth it.


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