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Behind The Lens

This shot was taken at Darling Harbour in Sydney. It's a busy bridge, so I had to ignore the strange looks from perplexed strangers.
This is one of those images that has really grown on me. I liked it enough to post it at the time of shooting but as time goes by, I'm more and more pleased with it. It was shot at sunset at just the right time of year when the sun lines up with the bridge.
I had just bought my favourite micro four-thirds lens - the Olympus 75mm f1.8. It's renowned for handling high contrast scenes really well and so I wanted to shoot facing the sunset.
This handheld shot was taken with an Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens on an OMD Em1mkii.
I was going through a street photography period and wanted to see if I could get some interesting silhouettes on the bridge while the sun was in the right position.
I did a bit of color grading as well as the usual rasing of the shadows and taming of the highlights in Lightroom. I edit with a slightly heavier hand when I'm shooting for social media because you really have to grab attention before someone scrolls by.
In my camera bag
My OMD Em1mkiii (a recent upgrade) is so compact and light that I almost always have it with me. I usually pack a standard zoom (Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 pro) and a few primes eg. Laowa 7.5mm f2.0 and Olympus 75mm f1.8. That pretty much covers all ranges. The system is light enough that I only need a small travel tripod, but the Olympus camera's incredible stabilization almost makes that obsolete unless I'm shooting with ND filters.
I used what is sometimes called the 'fishing technique' in street photography. I chose my scene because of the light and the leading lines created by the lamp posts. I waited for subjects to enter the scene and snapped my shot. I took plenty of shots and this one stood out.

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